Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy
Jean Sibelius: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor, Op. 47
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
The concert of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra deserves to be singled out as one of the Saturday at Lisinski season’s highlights. Founded in 1765, it is one of the world’s oldest orchestras. The orchestra is composed of elite musicians, who make each concert a musical festivity. One of the Orchestra’s Artistic Directors in the 19th century was the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. In recent history, its Chief Conductors were also Dmitri Kitayenko and Simone Young, and guest conductors Leopold Stokowski, Ernest Ansermet, Pierre Monteux, Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir John Barbirolli, Neeme Järvi and others. The Orchestra is a welcome guest in the most prestigious concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien). In Zagreb, this renowned orchestra will perform under Chief Conductor Edward Gardner, one of the most talented conductors of his generation, which is proved by the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor award (2008) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievements in Opera (2009). The evening will be further enhanced by the guest appearance of the world-renowned Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova. After winning the first prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982, she started an extremely successful career. She has collaborated with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors and appeared at numerous international festivals. Her curiosity led her towards period interpretation of early music. She recently opened another side of her artistic soul and recorded the albums Through the Looking Glass with world, jazz and pop music and The Peasant Girl, in which she reached back to her Ukrainian roots and explored the influence of the Roma music on classical and jazz music of the 20th century. Her latest CD project Stradivarius in Rio was inspired by her love of the Brazilian music and it was received with great enthusiasm.