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AYO February Season

REPERTOIRE to feature:

SMETANA The Moldau

KOEHNE High Art

MUSSORGSKY (orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition


James Judd, conductor

An artist of outstanding versatility, British-born conductor James Judd is sought after for his passionate musicianship and charismatic presence both on and off the podium. His previous directorships include 8-years spent as Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille in France, Principal Guest Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 James founded the Miami Music Project, a program which provides education and performance opportunities for hundreds of children from diverse and under-served communities throughout the city.


AYO July Season

REPERTOIRE to feature:

STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.6 in B minor, Ops.74 Pathetique

 


Simone Young, conductor

Simone Young is one of the leading conductors of her generation. She regularly conducts a broad range of operatic and symphonic repertoire for major international opera companies and orchestras and has received many Awards. Simone is General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburg Staatsoper and Music Director of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg.

Ray Chen, soloist

Winner of the Queen Elisabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. “Ray has proven himself to be a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness. He has all the skills of a truly musical interpreter,” said the great Maxim Vengerov.

Ray has released two critically acclaimed albums on Sony: a recital program “Virtuoso” of works by Bach, Tartini, Franck, and Wieniawski, and the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos with Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Following the success of these recordings, Ray was profiled by The Strad and Gramophone magazines as “the one to watch”. “Virtuoso” was distinguished with the prestigious ECHO Klassik award. He is currently working on his third, all-Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, slated for release later this year.