- 2022年05月08日 星期日 19:30
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Stephen Hough plays Beethoven concertos
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op.72b
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major (“Emperor”), Op.73
Stephen HOUGH, piano
ZHANG Lu, conductor
Stephen HOUGH, piano
Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. He was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours 2014.
On 1 June 2020, Hough re-opened Wigmore Hall, performing the UK’s first live classical music concert in a major venue since the nationwide lockdown in March. Later that summer he made his 29th appearance at the BBC Proms performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2 with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Currently scheduled concerts in 2020/21 include concerto performances with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Cincinnati and Atlanta symphony orchestras, Seoul Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan.
Hough is a regular guest at festivals such as Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, Edinburgh, La Roque-d'Anthéron and Aldeburgh. Recent highlights include performances with New York and London Philharmonic orchestras, Wiener Symphoniker, Cleveland and Minnesota orchestras, and the Finnish Radio, Tokyo, Toronto, Singapore, Iceland and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras. In the 2019/20 season, he spearheaded a five-concert Brahms series at Wigmore Hall, performing with Renaud Capuçon, Steven Isserlis, Michael Collins and the Castalian Quartet.
Hough’s extensive discography of over 60 CDs has garnered international awards including the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, several Grammy nominations, and eight Gramophone Awards including Record of the Year and the Gold Disc. Recent releases include Beethoven’s complete piano concertos (with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu), ‘The Final Piano Pieces’ of Brahms, solo piano works by Debussy, Hough’s ‘Dream Album’, and a live recording of Schumann and Dvořák’s piano concertos with Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, all for Hyperion Records. His award-winning iPad app The Liszt Sonata was released by Touch Press in 2013.
As a composer Hough is writing the commissioned work for the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to be performed by all 30 competitors in May/June 2022. His String Quartet No.1 will be premiered by the Takács Quartet in December 2021 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa. He has been commissioned by Wigmore Hall, Musée du Louvre, London’s National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, the Genesis Foundation, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, the Cliburn Foundation, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. His music is published by Josef Weinberger Ltd.
As an author, his collection of essays Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More, published by Faber & Faber in August 2019, won the 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards’ Storytelling category and was named one of Financial Times’ Book of the Year 2019. Hough’s first novel, The Final Retreat, was published by Sylph Editions in March 2018. He has been published by The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian and the Evening Standard. Hough is an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, a 2019-22 Visiting Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, the International Chair of Piano Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (of which he was made a Companion in 2019), and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York.
ZHANG Lu, conductor
Young Chinese conductor and pianist Zhang Lu was born in a music family. In 1993, he started to learn piano with Russian pianist Elena Kaminskaya. In 2006, he entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music to major in orchestral conducting and piano, working under Yu Long, Zhang Guoyong, Wu Ying, Shao Dan, Sheng Yiqi, and Sun Yindi. He went to Finland to further his study on orchestral conducting in 2013, then began to study in Academia di Santa Cecilia. At the same time, he perfected his opera conducting with the Principal Artistic Director of La Scala. During his study, he has received guidance from maestro Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Charles Dutoit, and great pianists including Gary Graffman, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Fu Ts’ong.
Zhang has demonstrated great potential since an early age, obtaining the first place in Moscow International Teenager Piano Competition twice. In 1994, he won with the first place in Kabalevsky’s Piano Works Performance Competition. Moreover, he has obtained the scholarship from a Russian International Culture & Art Foundation four years in a row. During college, he has won silver prizes in 2009 Golden Bell Piano Competition and 2013 Golden Bell Piano and String Competition.
In 1996, he started his career in the Main Concert Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Russian Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra. This concert was highly approved by the orchestra and the audience. As pianist and conductor, he has joined hands with many major orchestras from China and abroad, including China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, Shenzhen Symphony, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Voronezhskaya Symphony, Kuopio Symphony, Seinajoki Municipal Symphony, Szolnok Symphony, Toscana Symphony, and so on.
Under the invitation of San Francisco’s Mayor, Zhang held several recitals in this city in 1999. In 2013, he conducted Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra to record an album of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Bloch’s Schelomo, and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with cellist Susan Lamb. In 2018, he cooperated with composer Tan Dun and violinist Eldbjorg Hemsing to perform on the Norwegian King’s State Visit to China Banquet. In 2019, he was invited by the 52nd Festival Delle Nazioni to conduct Symphony and perform in the closing ceremony as a pianist under the baton of Lin Daye. As Tan Dun’s assistant conductor, he has joined Tan Dun’s Music Week, Martial Arts Trilogy Concert, and Rock the Symphony Roll Concert. Besides, he has been very active to promote Chinese modern opera, conducting The Magical Horse with Two Wings in 2019 (director: Chen Wei).
In 2020, Zhang was appointed as the assistant conductor of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.