Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
BARTÓK: Violin Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76
POULENC: Violin Sonata, FP 119
ENESCU: Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 25
About This Performance
Powerhouse violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who serves as this year’s Artistic Director for the Ojai Festival, has a knack for clever programming as seen in her mostly French program with works by Poulenc, Ravel, Enenscu, and Bartók.
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s versatility shows itself in her diverse repertoire, ranging from baroque and classical often played on gut strings, to new commissions and re-interpretations of modern masterworks.
Kopatchinskaja’s 2017–18 season commenced with the world premiere of her new project Dies Irae at the Lucerne Festival where she will be ‘artiste étoile’. Dies Irae is her second staged programme following the success oeBye Bye Beethoven with Mahler Chamber Orchestra in 2016, and uses the theme from the Latin Requiem Mass as a starting point for her new concept featuring music from Gregorian Chant and Early Baroque to Giacinto Scelsi and Galina Ustwolskaja. The North American premiere will take place at the Ojai Festival in June 2018 where Patricia will be Music Director.
György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto is again a feature of Kopatchinskaja’s season—she will perform it with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest under Rafael Payare, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, and Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon as part of the Southbank Centre’s Ligeti weekend where she will also perform the Horn Trio with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Marie-Luise Neunecker. The Stravinsky Violin Concerto will also be a prominent work which she will perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Alain Altinoglu in London, on tour around Europe, with Teodor Currentzis and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and with Gustavo Gimeno and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Last season’s highlights included Kopatchinskaja as Artist in Residence at four major European venues and festivals: at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Lucerne Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Kissinger Sommer Festival. She also embarked on two major European tours; with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under Gustavo Gimeno and with Wiener Symphoniker and Musica Aeterna both under the baton of Teodor Currentzis. She performed the Ligeti Violin Concerto with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Filharmonica della Scala under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste. She also made her debut with the Gothenburg Symphony and Peter Eötvös performing his Violin Concerto DoReMi. Continuing her regular collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, she appeared with them in London and New York under Vladimir Jurowski.
Chamber music is immensely important to Kopatchinskaja and she performs regularly with artists such as Markus Hinterhäuser, Polina Leschenko, Anthony Romaniuk and Jay Campbell appearing at such leading venues as the Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She is also an Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and performs with the ensemble regularly, both in Saint Paul and internationally. They undertook a major European tour together in November 2016, to coincide with the release of a new CD recording of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. In 2017–18 she will partner with cellist Jay Campbell in an eclectic program at New York City’s Armory in October, and for a series of recitals around Europe with pianist Polina Leschenko including London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Boulez Saal and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
A prolific recording artist, the last few seasons have seen a number of major releases; an album of Kancheli’s music with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica, a disc of duos entitled TAKE TWO on Alpha Classics, a recording of Schumann’s Violin Concerto and Fantasy with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under Heinz Holliger for Audite, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Teodor Currentzis and Musica Aeterna on the Sony label. Kopatchinskaja’s release for Naïve Classique featuring concerti by Bartók, Ligeti and Peter Eötvös won Gramophone’s Recording of the Year Award in 2013, an ECHO Klassik Award and a 2014 Grammy nomination. Her latest release Death and the Maiden, for Alpha with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has received great critical acclaim.
The Russian pianist, Polina Leschenko, was born into a family of musicians and began playing the piano under her father’s guidance at the age of 6. She made her solo début at the age of eight with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra in St Petersburg. She studied with Sergei Leschenko, Vitali Margulis, Pavel Gililov, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky and Christopher Elton. At the age of 16 she received her Higher Diploma with the greatest distinction from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.
Polina Leschenko’s recent engagements have included recitals in Berlin, Luxembourg and Milan as well as appearances at the Festivals of Osnabrück and Sintra and at the Festival ‘Progetto Martha Argerich’ in Lugano. She made her debuts last season with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and with the Hallé Orchestra, which was so successful that she was immediately reinvited for several dates this season, with Mark Elder and Cristian Mandeal.
In November 2006, Polina Leschenko took part in a major tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, playing Felix Mendelssohn’s double concerto with Richard Tognetti. The tour was hugely successful and resulted in an immediate reinvitation. Other engagements with orchestra this season include the Orquesta de Euskadi, the Hallé Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She will give recitals in Vienna, Minnesota, Atlanta and New York.
This season Polina Leschenko is the Palais des Beaux Arts’ candidate for the ECHO Rising Stars series. Together with the cellist Christian Poltéra, she will appear throughout Europe, including Vienna, Salzburg, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels as well as at Carnegie Hall, New York. An accomplished and admired chamber musician, Polina Leschenko will also perform at many festivals this summer, including Risor, West Cork, Moritzburg, and Musiktage Mondsee. She performs regularly with artists including Heinrich Schiff, Ivry Gitlis, Christian Poltera, the Capuçon brothers, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Natalie Clein and Priya Mitchell.
Polina Leschenko has recorded a début CD for EMI in the series ‘Martha Argerich presents…’ with works by Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Fritz Kreisler/Sergei Rachmaninov, Johannes Brahms and Bach-Feinberg. The Gramophone described her as having “technical dexterity in abundance, and signs of a major artist in the making”. She has recently recorded a well-received disc of Prokofiev chamber music with Martha Argerich, Christian Poltéra and Roby Lakatos, for PureMusic. And her latest disc—a Liszt recital, including the B minor Sonata—has just been released by PureMusic. Martine Dumont-Mergeay wrote in La Libre Belgique (July 4, 2007): “Polina Leschenko has matured without having lost any of her freedom. Now even more inspired, she turns her wonderful talents to a brilliant, almost improvisatory reading of the Liszt repertoire. Beautifully acknowledging J.S. Bach, Busoni and Gounod’s Liszt transcriptions in the first half of the disc, she then offers a unique and personal version of the Sonata: a visionary reading full of lucidity.”