Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, violin
Kian Soltani, cello
Ben Gernon, conductor
Overture to Tannhäuser, WWV 70
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, op. 102
Dances of Galánta
The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite, Sz 73, BB 82
Three newcomers conquer the stage in this concert. The 23-year-old Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Viennese with Armenian roots, has been touring the great European concert halls since he was a prizewinner at the international Sibelius competition in 2015. Kian Soltani studied at the Music Academy in Basel and is a sought-after chamber music partner of Daniel Barenboim, among others. Under the direction of Ben Gernon, two scandalous pieces by Wagner and Bartók are on the programme, they frame the Double Concerto by Brahms and the Dances of Galánta by Kodály. Gernon was a student of Sir Colin Davis and assistant to Gustavo Dudamel at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2013 Gernon won the Salzburg Festival's Young Conductors Award, and recently was one of the youngest conductors in the history of the BBC Philharmonic to become its Principal Guest Conductor.