Lionel Bringuier direction
Igor Levit piano
A rare appearance by the Zurich Tonhalle-Orchester under Lionel Bringuier, who was appointed chief conductor at the age of 26.
Lionel Bringuier - DR, Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
Brahms Concerto for piano No. 1
Elgar Enigma Variations op. 36
Mentored and trained by Esa-Pekka Salonen in San Francisco, Lionel Bringuier, who is only in his thirties, already has three seasons under his belt as Chefdirigent of the Zurich Thonhalle, a wonderful group which supplements its Germanic cultural roots with a keen interest in twentieth century music. The two were made for each other. Lionel Bringuier’s initial training as a cellist gives him a desire to create a unified orchestral sound without sacrificing the individuality of each musician. For him, the Tonhalle combines “the dark, warm colours of German orchestras with the precision of the North American touch.” Tonight will be a live demonstration of how to appeal to the widest possible musical audience.
Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées