Concerts in October and November
Conductors Dima Slobodeniouk and Philippe Herreweghe have agreed to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in October and November 2018, leaving the programmes unaltered. This encompasses the Amsterdam concerts as well as the concerts on tour which were to have been conducted by Daniele Gatti.
The Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk was scheduled to make his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in April 2019, and will now make his debut here earlier than expected. On 24, 25 and 28 October 2018 he will conduct the orchestra at The Concertgebouw and on 26 October at De Harmonie in Leeuwarden. The programme comprises Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung, the Netherlands première of Zemlinsky’s Lustspiel-Ouvertüre and Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, op. 1 orchestrated by Theo Verbey.
The Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe has been appearing as guest conductor at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with great regularity since 1994. On 1 and 2 November he will be leading the orchestra in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. The latter work will also be performed on 3 November at the first Essentials concert of the season.
The orchestra will go on tour with Slobodeniouk, Herreweghe and Bronfman from 6 to 13 November, through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. This is the last leg of RCO meets Europe, a tour through all member states of the European Union that the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra embarked on in August 2016 and that will be concluded in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia on 24 November 2018.
The Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk studied conducting with Atso Almila at the Sibelius Academy. He also received guidance from Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula, Ilya Musin and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Slobodeniouk is now considered one of the finest conductors of his generation. Since 2013, Slobodeniouk has served as chief conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia. Since 2016, he has occupied the same post with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and is artistic director of its Sibelius Festival.
He has made guest appearances conducting such ensembles as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Finnish Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.
Philippe Herreweghe is principal guest conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of both Collegium Vocale Ghent and the Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi festival in Tuscany, Italy. He the founder of various music ensembles, including La Chapelle Royale and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, which concentrates on performing music from the pre-Romantic and Romantic eras on original instruments.
He is well known for his authentic performances of Baroque vocal music. His innovative approach quickly earned him great fame, leading to an invitation from Nicolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt to contribute to the recordings of the complete Bach cantatas.
Over the course of his career, the Flemish conductor has built up a massive discography. He founded his own label, Φ (PHI) in 2010.
Herreweghe is much in demand as a guest conductor of important symphony orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 2017 he conducted the Christmas Matinee with Bach’s Mass in B Minor.