Melissa Bradshaw

SCO announces 2019/20 season with new principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev

3:28, 13th March 2019

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced its season for 2019/20, the first with new principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev (pictured).

The season opens in September 2019 with conductor François Leleux directing the orchestra in Brahms and Dvořák, joined by pianist Javier Perianes, performing Brahms’ First Piano Concerto. This year the SCO also celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a Complete Symphony Cycle split over four concerts, and a special event exploring Beethoven’s musical creativity despite a tormented life.

More highlights include:

  • Violinist Pekka Kuusisto as featured artist for 2019/20, bringing his fresh approach over three concerts to the music of Bach, Haydn, Beethoven and Sibelius
  • Newly appointed SCO associate composer Anna Clyne reveals her first commission from the SCO alongside her Grammy nominated work Prince of Clouds
  • Many of Scotland’s most distinguished artists join the orchestra including mezzo-sopranos Karen Cargill and Catriona Morison, percussionist Colin Currie and violinist Nicola Benedetti
  • Performances from world-class international soloists and conductors including violinist Carolin Widmann, who will join Emelyanychev making her SCO debut with Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto
  • A celebration of the Queen’s Hall in its 40th year with pianist Piotr Anderszewski performing Haydn’s Keyboard Concerto in D and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Emelyanychev said: ‘I am very happy to be principal conductor, and am greatly inspired by the two SCO productions I have been involved with so far, making fantastic collaborations with these excellent musicians. In this, my first full season, we will share you with a variety of interesting and diverse programmes from the Baroque to modern music written just a few years ago. That they are also from a range of countries will show off the many different genres and styles of the SCO.’

For more information visit https://www.sco.org.uk/.

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