BELGIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
HUGH WOLFF, Conductor
IVAN KRPAN, Piano
H. Berlioz: Le Corsarie (Op. 21)
R. Schumann: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 54
C. Franck: Symphony in D minor
The Belgian National Orchestra was founded in 1936. Together with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, it is the largest and most important symphony orchestra in Belgium. Renowned conductors have served as its chief conductors: (André Cluytens, Michael Gielen, Mikko Franck, Walter Weller and Andrey Boreyko, who was succeeded by Hugh Wolff in the season of 2017/2018). Contemporary music has always had a special place in the orchestra's rich history; this is why it regularly performs works by Belgian contemporary composers (Luc Van Hove, Jean-Paul Dessy, Luc Brewaeys, Dirk Brossé and Pierre Bartholomée). It also fosters the standard repertoire, such as symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler. It has made recordings of works by Alexander Glazunov, Bohuslav Martinů, Richard Strauss, Josef Suk and Johannes Brahms for the Fuga Libera record label and received excellent reviews for them. The Orchestra has accompanied soloists at the prominent Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels for a number of years. Partly owing to this, it has collaborated with numerous young emerging musicians, such as Lorenzo Gatto and Plamena Mangova. The latest among the young artistic collaborators of the Orchestra is the young Croatian pianist Ivan Krpan, thanks to the encouragement and recommendation of Lisinski Hall. The Orchestra's enthusiasm about the opportunity to perform alongside such an excellent musician is no wonder. Krpan went down in the history of Croatian pianism in 2017, when he won first prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano at the age of twenty. The sensational win was preceded by numerous other awards and wins, among which those at the international competitions in Enschede (The Netherlands) and Ettlingen (Germany), as well as third prize at the u Frédéric Chopin Competition in Moscow, where he also won a special prize for best performance of a Chopin Polonaise. He is a recipient of the Dean’s Award, the Rector's Award, the Ivo Vuljević Award and the Young Musician of the Year Award by the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.