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The Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavo Gimeno and Patricia Kopatchinskaya

The Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavo Gimeno and Patricia Kopatchinskaya

Opening of the Vilnius Festival
2020 May 30, Saturday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Vilnius

The concert is canceled

Artistic director and conductor Gustavo Gimeno
Soloist PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAYA (violin, Moldova, Germany)
Conductor GUSTAVO GIMENO (Spain)
The Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavo Gimeno and Patricia Kopatchinskaya

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH – Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77
ANTON BRUCKNER – Symphony No. 4 in E flat major (Romantic), WAB 104  

The Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, exceptional guests from the very heart of Europe, launches eagerly awaited Vilnius Festival. Since its foundation in 1933 as part of the broadcasting activities of Radio Luxembourg (in 2005 it took up residence at and the name of the Philharmonie Luxembourg, where it performs in a hall with outstanding acoustics), the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) is renowned for the elegance of its sound and exceptional programmes. The OPL enjoys close working relationships with Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg, Radio and TV. For the past five years, the collective has been led by renowned conductor Gustavo Gimeno, also collaborating with other noteworthy orchestras (Concertgebouw, Cincinnati, Birmingham, Washington, Turin, etc.) as well as conducting opera productions in Luxembourg and Italy. In January 2020, he graced the podium in Verdi’s Aida at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Maestro began his international career almost a decade ago, serving as an assistant to prominent personalities such as Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, whom he considers to be his teachers. Gimeno leads the OPL in major European concert halls, and tours all the way to South America. Press has brought out the performance of Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony and the world premiere of Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja as the highlight of the Orchestra’s recent season. In 2018, this violin virtuoso of exceptional artistry won the Grammy Award (in the category of chamber ensembles with the São Paulo Chamber Orchestra). She has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Camerata Bern, Staatskapelle Berlin and other orchestras under the baton of Simon Rattle and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. The violinist actively promotes the music of contemporary composers, is also active as a public figure, contributes to the fight against climate change through her original projects, and cooperates with the Swiss organisation for children’s aid.

The well-known guests open the Festival with orchestral music gems: Shostakovich’s deeply philosophical Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, also known as the “Symphony for Violin and Orchestra” and Bruckner’s magnificent masterpiece, Symphony No. 4 in E flat Major (Romantic). Continuing with the tradition of so-called “singing symphony”, Bruckner reveals the most characteristic romantic traits in this opus, from subtle lyricism to heroic epic. The symphony conveys the images of nature, presents contrasts of impetuous drive and apathy, as well as intonations of folk songs and dances, marches, hunting horns and fanfares.


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