Over to Geneva this week for a concert by the celebrated Orchestre de la Suisse Romande lead by Marek Janowski and featuring Boris Berezovksy, piano in performances of works by Bartok and Bruckner. Recorded live on September 30, 2011 by Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2.
The concert begins with a Bartok’s Piano Concerto Number 2 (with encore), followed by the 3rd Symphony of Anton Bruckner.
Boris Berezovsky, born in 1969, studied at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1988 he became well known in the West when he gave a recital in the Wigmore Hall in London. Two years later he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Berezovsky has given concerts all over the world. He has played with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de la Monnaie, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, Hessischer Rundfunk, New Japan Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and with conductors such as Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev and Antonio Pappano.
Boris Berezovsky has a daughter, Evelyne Berezovsky (born 1991), who is also a pianist. He now lives in Brussels. Boris is an excellent jazz pianist and performs with his trio in Russian clubs.
Marek Janowski has served as music director in Freiburg and at the Dortmund Opera conducting the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the latter from 1973 to 1979. From 1983 to 1987 he was principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He served as Kapellmeister of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, from 1986 to 1990. Earlier, in 1984, he became the music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (then called the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique) in Paris, a position he held until 2000. From 2000 to 2009, Janowski served as Principal Conductor of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic from 2001 to 2004.
From 2002 through 2016, Janowski was chief conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, initially with a contract for life with the orchestra at the time. In the 2005/06 season, Janowski began his tenure as Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR), with an initial contract of five years. In September 2008, his contract with the OSR was extended to 2015. However, in January 2010, in a change to the September 2008 contract extension, Janowski and the OSR mutually agreed on the scheduled conclusion of his directorship of the OSR after the 2011-2012 season.
Janowski had served as chief conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic from 2001 to 2003. In September 2018, the Dresden Philharmonic announced the re-appointment of Janowski as its chief conductor, effective with the 2019-2020 season, with an initial contract of 3 seasons.
Your job (should you choose), is to sit down, relax, and hit the play button and come back up for air in around 90 minutes.