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Treat for music lovers

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11 June 2004

Treat for music lovers

“Yuri Bashmet is the most visionary of violists. His fierce intelligence, married to a deep understanding of his musical material, always makes for a profound live experience … in short, an utterly exceptional concert.” [The Strad]

Illustrious Russian violist Yuri Bashmet is “without doubt, one of the world’s greatest living musicians” [The Times]. On Thursday 8 July he takes on the dual role of soloist and conductor in the third Celebrity Concert of the Auckland Philharmonia’s Vero Premier Series.

Born in Russia, Yuri Bashmet studied at the Moscow Conservatoire where he subsequently became the youngest person ever to be appointed to a professorship. In great demand around the world as a soloist and chamber musician, Yuri Bashmet is the founding director of the Moscow Soloists – the cream of the new generation of string players – with which he also performs regularly. He has inspired many composers to write for him including Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli, John Tavener, Sofia Gubaidulina and Mark-Anthony Turnage, and has been the first violist to ever give a solo recital in a number of major concert halls including La Scala in Milan and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In his début concert with the Auckland Philharmonia, Yuri Bashmet, who is renowned for his intensity and energy on stage, will conduct the orchestra in works by Schubert and Tchaikovsky; and will demonstrate his prowess on the viola as the soloist/conductor in works by Telemann, Weber and Hindemith.

Thursday 8 July – 8pm, Auckland Town Hall
Programme: Schubert: Symphony No.8, Unfinished
Telemann: Viola Concerto in G
Weber: Andante and Rondo Ongarese
Hindemith: Trauermusik
Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C for String Orchestra

Adult tickets from $20; concessions available (service fees may apply). Phone the Ticketek Orchestra Hotline on 307 5139.

The Auckland Philharmonia gratefully acknowledges Vero, the major sponsor of this series. The Auckland Philharmonia receives major funding from Creative New Zealand and a major grant from Auckland City.

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