Yuja Wang piano
Omar Tomasoni trompet
Yuja Wang (1987) was six when she had her first piano lessons. Five years later she moved to Canada to continue her piano studies which she concluded in Philadelphia. In 2003 the Chinese pianist made her European debut with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich when she played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, David Zinman conducting. At her debut in North-America, in 2006, Yuja Wang played the same piano concerto, replacing Radu Lupu in a concert conducted by Pinchas Zukerman. She had her great breakthrough in 2007 when she stood in for Martha Argerich, who had to cancel a series of performances of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit.
Omar Tomasoni is principal trumpet player with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since August 2013. Tomasoni graduated with honours from the conservatory of Brescia, where he quickly established a career as principal trumpeter with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Janáček Festival Orchestra and – from 2004 to 2008 – the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Tomasoni has worked as a substitute with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Mozart Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, he was appointed principal trumpeter with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, led by Sir Antonio Pappano. He was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Italian Republic in 2003 for his achievements as an active member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Tomasoni is a member and co-founder of the eclectic wind quintet Italian Wonderbrass.
Mariss Jansons was chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam from 2004 to 2015. Jansons studied violin and conducting in St. Petersburg, and continued his studies with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. In 1973, Mariss Jansons was appointed Yevgeny Mravinsky’s assistant with the St. Petersburg orchestra, which Jansons’s father Arvid had also conducted. From 1979 to 2000, he served as music director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing it great international acclaim. Jansons has made numerous appearances throughout the world as a guest conductor of the Berlin, the Vienna and the London Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the leading orchestras in the United States. He was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2004 and has been music director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003.