In Inspirations, the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is joined by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard to delve into the music, from Beethoven to Boulez, that intrigues, touches and inspires them both.
In between, the orchestra picks up on previous threads and starts new journeys. Andris Nelsons returns in January 2017 to continue his critically acclaimed Bruckner Cycle with Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9.
Paavo Järvi and Vladimir Ashkenazy both complete Symphony Cycles. Järvi’s Nielsen survey culminates in the Second Symphony, performed alongside Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Ashkenazy’s Rachmaninov Project concludes with the First Symphony.
New this season
The German conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens leads a German Romantics series, pairing Brahms’ symphonies with music by Mendelssohn and Schumann.
And finally, Philharmonia at the Movies returns as the orchestra performs George Fenton’s score for 2015 British comedy-drama The Lady in the Van, and Carl Davis’ epic score for the 1927 silent film Napoléon, directed by Abel Gance.
We hope you join us for an extraordinary musical journey.
The Philharmonia Orchestra was founded in London in 1945 and has been Resident at Southbank Centre since 1995. It performs 35 concerts here every season, as well as touring extensively across the UK and internationally, and recording music for films, computer games and commercial CD releases. Throughout its 70-year history, the Orchestra has worked with some of the greatest names in classical music, including Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Igor Stravinsky and contemporary stars Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Lang Lang, to name just a very few.
New works by leading composers
Since 2008, Esa-Pekka Salonen has held the post of Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser at the Orchestra, maintaining its tradition of innovation. At the heart of its programming policy is a commitment to performing and commissioning new works by leading composers, among them the Artistic Director of its Music of Today series, Unsuk Chin. Throughout its history the Philharmonia Orchestra has commissioned more than 100 works from composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage and James MacMillan. The Orchestra supports talented young musicians with the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and an annual Orchestral Award. It is also pioneers new technology, most recently working on projects including the iOrchestra, which attracted 100,000 participants, and an iPad app, The Orchestra.
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