Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Thursday 12 Nov 2015, 7.30pm
£11 – £50 book here
Box Office: 0844 875 0073
Juraj Valčuha conductor
Valeriy Sokolov violin
Weber, Overture, Der Freischütz
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, Eroica
Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, for many the greatest symphony ever written, is conducted by Juraj Valčuha, who makes a welcome return to the Royal Festival Hall. The composer famously tore the title page in half in a fit of rage on hearing that its original dedicatee, Napoleon, had crowned himself emperor. Mendelssohn employed a magician’s sleight-of-hand to create a violin concerto that ebbs and flows with supreme inevitability, performed this evening by the Ukrainian violinist Valeriy Sokolov.
“Sokolov offers an attractive combination of silk and steel, he is alive to the lyrical sweetness of the Tchaikovsky and is apparently able effortlessly to turn up the heat when required…” – CD Review, BBC Radio 3
The Ukrainian violinist, Valeriy Sokolov, is one of the most outstanding young artists of his generation. Working regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, he has enjoyed collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Cleveland Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, NAC Ottawa, Orchestre National de France and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He works frequently with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Zinman, Susanna Malkki, Andris Nelsons, Peter Oundjian, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Herbert Soudant & Juraj Valcuha.
During the 2015-16 season, he will appear with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Singapore Symphony & the Bournemouth Symphony, amongst others. He will also tour a chamber music project with Lisa Batiashvili and Gautier Capuçon throughout Europe including venues in Paris, Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam and London.
Born in 1986 in Kharkov, Ukraine, Valeriy is one of the leading violinists to come out of Ukraine in the past twenty years. Valeriy left his native country age 13 to study with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. He continued his studies with Felix Andrievsky, Mark Lubotsky, Ana Chumachenko, Gidon Kremer and Boris Kushnir. He was the first prize winner of the 2005 George Enescu International Violin Competition in Bucharest, Romania.
He has recently commissioned a violin concerto from Ukraine’s most significant composer Yevhen Stankovich and has become artistic director of a newly set-up chamber music festival on the lake of Konstanz in Germany.