Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Piano – NHK Symphony – Vladimir Ashkenazy, Cond. – June 9, 2018 – NHK-FM, Tokyo.
In Tokyo again this week for a concert by the NHK Symphony, guest conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy and featuring Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in a program of primarily Debussy works on the 100th year of his death (March 25, 1918).
Starting off the program though, is a work by Jacques Ibert. His Overture Fête – then it’s followed by Debussy’s – Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra with Feux d’artifice from Préludes No. 2 as an encore. The concert continues with Prélude à l’après d’un faune and concludes with La Mer.
Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet enjoys a prolific recording and international concert career. He regularly works with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and NHK Symphony orchestras, and collaborates with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, François- Xavier Roth, Nicholas Collon, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Sir Andrew Davis amongst others.
Recent performances include the San Francisco Symphony, Aspen Festival, and Seattle, NHK and BBC symphony orchestras. He also appeared at the Philharmonie de Paris with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Kazuki Yamada, BBC Proms performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Nicholas Collon, Carnegie Hall, as part of a major North American tour together with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski, as well as hr-Sinfonieorchester under Juraj Valčuha, Les Siécles and François-Xavier Roth which included concerts at London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Granada Festival.
Bavouzet has worked closely with Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág, Maurice Ohana and Bruno Mantovani and is also a champion of lesser-known French music, notably that of Gabriel Pierné and Albéric Magnard. He is the International Chair in Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Enjoy the concert.
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