Sergey Rachmaninoff - Piano concerto No. 3,
Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No. 9
This musical show of two famous music masterpieces is connected to the "New World" - S. Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto and A. Dvorak's 9th Symphony. The premieres of these both works were carried out in New York, at the end of 19th and beginning of 20th. The Steinway Artist Stanislav Khristenko will present you an interpretation of the Rachmaninoff's 3rd piano concerto, and he has indeed developed this piece to the extraordinary emotional experience and to the absolute technical perfection!
Praised in the media around the globe including New York Times and Washington Post, Mr. Khristenko has won top prizes at over 30 prestigious international piano competitions including Cleveland International Piano Competition and Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. As a piano soloist Stanislav Khristenko has performed with over 40 orchestras on four continents.
The Pilsen Philharmonic will share the stage of the Dvorak Hall with the famous pianist. Peculiarly enough, besides generally acknowledged musical merits in Dvorak's 9th Symphony, we find also one unsolved mystery, over which quarrel many musical critics: was Dvorak inspired in his 9th Symphony by African American spirituals or by the songs of American Indians? On this question, sometimes overgrowing in conspiracy theories, one can answer independently - by listening to 9th Symphony performed by the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra. The key for it will provide you an American conductor Kirk Smith, who is known for his beautiful interpretations of Dvorak music in the USA.
Stanislav Khristenko (USA).
Praised for his emotional intensity, charismatic expression, and brilliant technique Ukrainian-born pianist Stanislav Khristenko is one of America's most thought-provoking and eminent young artists.
Stanislav Khristenko's performances have captivated audiences on four continents since his first solo recital at the age of 11. A "poet of piano" (Le Soir), Mr. Khristenko has been praised in the media around the globe. New York Times reviewer Zachary Woolfe wrote that in "an impressive recital... (he) plays with thoughtful lucidity and restraint." Spanish El Pais wrote of his "precise technique, powerful sound and fingers of steel."
Mr. Khristenko has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Phoenix and Richmond Symphonies, National Orchestra of Belgium, Bilbao and Tenerife Symphony Orchestras, Liege Royal Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and Takamatsu Symphony Orchestra, among others. His performance highlights include solo recitals in Weill and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Schubert-Saal at Vienna Konzerthaus, Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels, as well as performances with orchestras in Grosser Saal of The Berlin Philharmonie, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, and Hong Kong City Hall.
Mr. Khristenko has won top prizes at some of the most prestigious international piano competitions. In 2013 alone he won First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Maria Canals International Music Competition, and was named Fourth Laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Stanislav Khristenko is a Steinway Artist.
The Pilsen Philharmonic, formerly named Pilsen Radio Orchestra, is an ensemble with a strong tradition and reputation and is an orchestra that is sought-after not only in the Czech Republic, but also worldwide.
The orchestra is having many international tours and performs on prestigious stages in Europe and USA, such as Gasteig in Munich, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Stadthalle in Vienna, Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Tonhalle in Zürich and Rudolfinum and O2 arena in Prague. In August 2017, the orchestra performed in Elbphilharmonie, the new concert hall in Hamburg.
The Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra is also a holder of the Art Award of the City of Pilsen for the years 2014 and 2015 in the category Unique Cultural Event of the Year, precisely for the concert Year of Czech music 2014 that was held in the Pilsen Cathedral of St. Bartholomew. During the concert the orchestra performed the Requiem by Antonín Dvořák. The second mentioned award was for the project The Artists and the Age of Totality. In 2015, the orchestra became the flagship of the project Pilsen - The European Capital of Culture 2015.
In the past season the Pilsen Philharmonic performed along with Tai Murray, Pascal Rogé, Lilya Zilberstein, Juliane Banse, Sergei Nakariakov, Anne Queffélec, Jeremy Menuhin or Gautier Capucon; as well as Ramon Vargas and Montserarrat Caballé and a number of excellent conductors such as Charles Mackerras, Václav Talich, Jiří Bělohlávek or Libor Pešek.
The name Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra was used for the first time in 1934, but the history of this orchestra reaches back to 1882, to the activities of The Pilsen Philharmonic Society. The major change happened in 1919 when the Orchestra of the Enlightenment Union was established in Pilsen and in 1934 took upon the name The Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra. The new stage in life of this orchestra began in 1946 when the construction of a new building for Czech Radio Pilsen started. This building offered its space to the orchestra and the ensemble adopted the name Pilsen Radio Orchestra. After the reorganization in 1993 the Pilsen ensemble continued its journey under the name Pilsen Radio Orchestra - The Symphony Orchestra Pilsen. Since August 1998 the orchestra changed its legal form into Benevolent Corporation, whose founder is the City of Pilsen, and it re-accepted the name Pilsen Philharmonic.
The orchestra is regularly recording for Czech Radio and by doing so, it continues its tradition from 1946-1993 (Pilsen Radio Orchestra). It has recently recorded an opera The Day of Charity by B. Martinu, which received several prestigious awards, The Rhapsodies by Antonín Dvořák (both published by Arco Diva) or Bohuslav Martinů's Complete Works for Violoncello and Orchestra (Petr Nouzovský & Tomáš Brauner, published by Dabringhaus und Grimm).
Since 2013 the orchestra is also the organizer of the Smetana Days Festival.
The principal conductor is, from 2013 till now, Tomáš Brauner and since 2014 the principal guest conductor is Ronald Zollman.