Pianist Robin Sutherland celebrates 40 years with the Orchestra as soloist in Ingvar Lidholm’s Poesis
Augustin Hadelich makes his SF Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
San Francisco Symphony Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt returns to the San Francisco Symphony to conduct two weeks of concerts April 11-20. The concerts April 11-14 at Davies Symphony Hall will feature performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and in celebration of his 40th year as principal keyboardist for the Orchestra, Robin Sutherland as soloist in Ingvar Lindholm’s Poesis. These mark the first SFS performances of music by this living Swedish composer. The concerts April 17, 19 and 20 at Davies Symphony Hall and Thursday, April 18 at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis will feature violinist German violinist Augustin Hadelich’s debut with the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Blomstedt leading the SFS in Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5. Hadelich replaces Julia Fischer who canceled for personal reasons late last year.
Herbert Blomstedt was the SFS’ tenth Music Director from 1985-1995 and is currently its Conductor Laureate. Under his leadership, the Orchestra won its first Grammy award, for a recording of Orff’s Carmina burana, greatly expanded its international profile with numerous acclaimed performances on tour in Europe and at festivals including those of Edinburgh, Salzburg, Munich and Lucerne, and launched the Adventures in Music program. He has held chief conductor positions with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Swedish and Danish Radio Orchestras, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. Until 2005, he was the Music Director of the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig. He has been awarded the title of Honorary Conductor for the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, the Danish National Symphony, the Swedish Radio Symphony and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. With the SFS for the Decca label, he recorded Nielson’s Symphonies No. 1-6 from 1988-1991 as well as Nielson’s Aladdin Suite and Maskarade Overture with the SFS Chorus in 1991. He recorded Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Eroica with the SFS for Decca in 1992. Blomstedt celebrated his 85th birthday in May 2012.
Augustin Hadelich, 28, is the winner of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. He gave his first concert at 7. After receiving a diploma from the Istituto Mascagni conservatory in Livorno, Italy, Hadelich studied composition at the Hanns-Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and graduated from Juilliard, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Atlanta and Houston Symphony Orchestras, among others, and has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. He has recorded four solo CDs, including a highly acclaimed disk of masterworks for solo violin. Augustin Hadelich plays on the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin.
Robin Sutherland has played piano with the San Francisco Symphony since 1973. He studied with Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School and with Paul Hersh at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While still an undergraduate, he was appointed principal pianist of the SFS by then music director Seiji Ozawa. The recipient of numerous awards, Sutherland was selected at 17 to be sole participant from the USA at the International Bach Festival, held at Lincoln Center. He was a finalist in the International Bach Competition in Washington DC and has performed all of J.S. Bach’s keyboard works. An avid chamber musician, Robin Sutherland was for thirty seasons co-director of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado. Many composers have dedicated works to him, and among the world premieres in which he has participated was that of John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music, with members of the San Francisco Symphony. A frequent soloist with the SFS, Robin Sutherland has been featured in Leonard Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, in San Francisco and on tour, and Mr. Sutherland’s harpsichord playing was featured in the SFS’s performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major in May 2012. In 1996, his recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) was released on the d’Note label