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Pinchas Zukerman Summer Music Festival 2018

Phenomenal violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for what promises to be an exceptional series of orchestral and chamber concerts.

Tuesday 26th - Saturday 23rd June

Chamber Concert 1 - Tuesday 26 June, 1.00pm

Viviane Hagner takes centre stage to open the Pinchas Zukerman Summer Music Festival, performing two ambitious works for solo violin. Firstly Bach’s Chaconne, which has been dubbed ‘the greatest structure for solo violin that exists’ by violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin, alongside Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin, which utilises the full gamut of instrumental techniques in an atmospheric setting.

Orchestral Concert 1 - Tuesday 26 June, 7.30pm

Mendelssohn’s music has a well-earned reputation for oozing romance and drama and this concert will be no exception. Opening this performance with a touch of his sensitive style will feature Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10, whilst his rarely heard Symphony No. 5 will close the performance with a flourish.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Pinchas Zukerman conductor/viola – Viviane Hagner violin

RCM in Residence 3 Workshop with Pinchas Zukerman

Musicians from the Royal College of Music take up residence at Cadogan Hall this summer, showcasing a variety of repertoire, including galant music of the late Baroque, music by Ravel and Schubert, works based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and an unmissable ensemble workshop with celebrated violinist Pinchas Zukerman. One of today’s premier performers, Pinchas Zukerman is renowned for his passionate performances and virtuosic techniques. Tonight he works with RCM string players in this chamber music workshop.

Chamber Concert 2 - Thursday 28 June, 1.00pm

Published after his death, Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words for Cello and Piano opens this chamber concert with a beautiful collection of miniature masterpieces. In contrast to the sweet and lyrical melodies of Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings is one of the most enduring Piano Trio’s of all time, Mendelssohn’s Trio No. 1 in D minor for Violin, Cello and Piano, whose popularity stems from its soaring melodies and virtuosity throughout.

Orchestral Concert 2 - Thursday 28 June, 7.30pm

Written in only four days, the genius of Mozart clearly shines throughout much of his music, in particular his Symphony No. 36. Pinchas Zukerman continues this stunning programme of Mendelssohn and Mozart, opening with the energetic Symphony No. 35 followed by Mendelssohn’s sweet, songful (and very well-known) Violin Concerto, performed by Fumiaki Miura.

Pinchas Zukerman conductor/violin – Fumiaki Miura violin

Chamber Concert 3 - Saturday 30 June, 1.00pm

Amanda Forsyth and Angela Cheng return to the Cadogan Hall stage for this intimate chamber concert, featuring two masterpieces for violin, cello and piano trio. Written some 90 years apart, this programme fuses music written as a lamentation for victims of the Holocaust in Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2, with the grace and delicacy in Schubert’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano.

Pinchas Zukerman violin – Amanda Forsyth cello – Angela Cheng piano

Orchestral Concert 3 - Saturday 30 June, 7.30pm

Scored as the first of the six Paris Symphonies, Haydn’s vigorous yet graceful ‘Bear’ Symphony will prevail as Pinchas Zukerman takes centre stage for Haydn’s acrobatic Violin Concerto. In contrast, Mendelssohn’s buoyant and cheerful Symphony No. 4 closes this Summer Music Festival with panache and flair.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  – Pinchas Zukerman conductor/violin

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