Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias – Perry So, Conductor -April 10, 2015 – Radio Nacional de España –
Over to Auditorio Principe Felipe de Oviedo in Spain this week for a concert performed by Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias on April 10, 2015 as broadcast live by Radio Nacional España in Madrid.
Led by the much celebrated Hong Kong conductor Perry So, the concert begins with Overture, Scherzo and Finale by Schumann. Then a performance of Un rayo de luz en la era de la oscuridad by the contemporary French Composer Guillaume Conesson. And finishing with Brahms Symphony Number 3.
Guillaume Connesson, born in 1970, is currently one of the most widely performed French composers worldwide. Commissions are at the origin of most of his works (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France…) including Pour sortir au jour, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2013) and Les Trois Cités de Lovecraft (co-commission of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon). Moreover, his music is regularly played by numerous orchestras (Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra et al.)
He won 2 Victoires de la Musique award in 2015 and 2019 as well as Sacem’s Grand Prize in 2012.
His discography includes, amongst others, two monographs of chamber music and three symphonic monographs on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The first, Lucifer, obtained a ’ Choc’ from Classica magazine, the second, Pour sortir au jour, numerous critical distinctions such as the ’Diapason d’Or de l’Année’ as well the Classica ’Choc de l’Année’, and the third, Lost Horizon, was released in April 2019.
Perry So, one of the inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellows at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Associate Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, received first prize at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in 2008 (held in St. Petersburg), only the third time the top prize had been awarded in the history of the competition.Recent seasons have seen So debut with the London, Japan, Zagreb, Seoul and Malaysian Philharmonics, the Milwaukee, New Zealand, Queensland and Asturias Symphony Orchestras, the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia in Moscow, and the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan (Taiwan Philharmonia), and conduct regular subscription concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in Hong Kong in 1982, So graduated from Yale University in Comparative Literature. As an undergraduate at Yale, he began his conducting studies with James Sinclair, and was Music Director of the Saybrook Orchestra and the Opera Theatre of Yale College, leading productions of Mozart’s Zauberflöte and Così fan tutte, Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Britten’s Turn of the Screw. He also developed an abiding interest for music of the Renaissance and the Baroque, often leading the Yale Collegium Musicum from the harpsichord. He subsequently studied conducting under Swiss pedagogue Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute.
Enjoy the concert.
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