Boreyko Conducts Rachmaninoff
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Yulianna Avdeeva, piano
Glazunov — Autumn from The Seasons
Rachmaninoff — Piano Concerto No. 2
Karłowicz — Symphony in E Minor, “Rebirth”
Andrey Boreyko concludes his eight-year tenure as music director with a program featuring talented Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva performing Rachmaninoff’s heroic Piano Concerto No. 2. Written after years of crippling depression and writer’s block following the disastrous premiere of his first symphony, the beautiful melodies of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 have been featured in numerous songs and film scores. The program concludes with the sumptuously romantic Symphony in E Minor by the late 19th century Polish Composer Mieczysław Karłowicz.
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Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic normally performs over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts from September through June each year.
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Now in his eighth and final season as music director of Artis—Naples, Andrey Boreyko’s inspiring leadership has raised the artistic standard of the Naples Philharmonic. Andrey concludes his tenure as music director by continuing to explore connections between art forms through interdisciplinary thematic programming. Significant projects he has led include pairing Ballet Russes-inspired contemporary visual artworks of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave with performances of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and The Firebird, as well as commissioning a series of compact pieces by composers including Giya Kancheli to pair wiCth an art exhibition featuring small yet personal works by artists such as Picasso and Calder that were created as special gifts for the renowned collector Olga Hirshhorn.
The 2021-22 season marks Andrey’s third season as music and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Their planned engagements this season include performances at the Eufonie Festival, the final and prizewinners’ concerts of the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, and the orchestra’s 120th birthday celebration. They also plan to tour across Poland and the U.S.
Hailed by The Daily Californian as “a spectacle of pure class,” and by The Financial Times as an artist who is “able to let the music breathe,” pianist Yulianna Avdeeva gained worldwide recognition since her appearance at the 2010 Chopin Competition, where she won First Prize with a “detailed way of playing” that “matched Chopin’s own” (The Telegraph). A pianist of fiery temperament and virtuosity, Avdeeva plays with power, conviction and authority, having won the hearts of audiences around the world.
Following a tumultuous pandemic year, Avdeeva’s 2021 summer schedule included several European festivals, including La Roque-d’Anthéron, Fryderyk Chopin Institute’s 16th international Chopin and his Europe festival in Warsaw, Bachwoche Ansbach, Ravel Festival Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Settimane Musicali di Ascona. Her repertoire included a Bach program (English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, Toccata in D Major and Partita No. 2 in C Minor); Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, Pavane and La Valse; Chopin’s Barcarolle and Polonaise-Fantaisie; Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2; Szpilman’s Life of the Machines suite; and Weinberg’s Sonata No. 4.
Her 2021-22 begins with a tour in Germany and Austria with Teodor Currentzis and SWR Symphonieorchester in September, a recital debut at the Konzerthaus Vienna, a return to Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin in October, a recital tour in Europe with Julia Fischer in November, a tour of Spain with Robert Trevino and the Basque National Orchestra in February, a performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Manfred Honeck in March and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in May with the Naples Philharmonic and Andrey Boreyko.
During the first lockdown in March 2020, Avdeeva started presenting weekly livestreams on Facebook and YouTube playing and discussing all of The Well-Tempered Clavier, books one and two, by Johann Sebastian Bach. She went live 60 times, and her livestreams have reached almost 500,000 views worldwide.
With tours of Japan both in recitals and in concertos with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Avdeeva has built a strong profile in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2019, Avdeeva joined the BBC Scottish Symphony and Thomas Dausgaard at the BBC Proms Japan. Avdeeva’s long-standing association with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute has also won her a prominent following in Poland as a regular with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to being a regular guest at Chopin Festivals and the Festival International de Piano La Roque d’Anthéron, recent seasons have seen Avdeeva in recital at Wigmore Hall, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Rheingau Musik Festival, Salzburg Festival, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Boulez Saal, Lucerne Festival, Palau de la Música Catalana and Philharmonie Essen. A dedicated chamber musician, Avdeeva has toured regularly throughout Europe with violinists Julia Fischer and Gidon Kremer, with appearances at the Tonhalle Zürich, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and others.
Following her 2013 recording of Chopin concertos with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Frans Brüggen, Avdeeva has released three solo albums on Mirare, featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt and Prokofiev. Her Mieczysław Weinberg chamber music recordings with Gidon Kremer have been released on ECM Records as well as Deutsche Grammophon, which has released a solo recording of Avdeeva’s as part of a milestone collection dedicated to the most notable winners of the Chopin Competition between the years 1927 and 2010.
Avdeeva began her piano studies at the age of 5 with Elena Ivanova at Moscow’s Gnessin Special School of Music and later studied with Scherbakov and Tropp. At the International Piano Academy Lake Como, she was taught by Naboré, Bashkirov and Fou Ts’ong. In addition to winning at the Chopin Competition, she is also a prizewinner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and the Concours de Genève.