ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
VASILIJ PETRENKO, conductor
ESTHER YOO, violin
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 64
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Queens and kings of Great Britain play for you at Lisinski Hall! For over seven decades, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in Great Britain. From Beethoven and Shostakovich to Queen and Star Track – an attractive repertoire performed by an ensemble comprising the best music virtuosi, who give the most spectacular classical music concerts in London. Due to many successes on the international music scene over many years, they rightfully and proudly boast the title of Britain’s national orchestra. The history of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is interesting and dynamic. The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946 with the intention of presenting the highest standards of musical performance to the United Kingdom and the whole world. In over seven decades of its existence, the Orchestra has become synonymous with premier quality, versatility and tirelessness in artistic and social activities. The Orchestra's schedule is filled with concerts in the regular concert seasons in London’s prominent venues, the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, as well as with concerts throughout Great Britain. The Orchestra has made numerous international tours, it records albums, film and television music, even music for video games, and it is highly engaged in educational and social projects for the young, homeless, ill and abandoned people.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra attracts attention by outstanding music-making and performing traditional repertoire and contemporary works by today’s leading composers, such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sir John Tavener. Besides that, it also participates in crossover projects with great pop-stars (Sting, the Beach Boys...). The orchestra has been led by numerous renowned conductors, among whom Rudolf Kempe, Antal Doráti, Walter Weller, André Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit. This list of the Orchestra’s great conductors continues with Vasily Petrenko, who will assume the title of Music Director Designate in August 2020. He will conduct the Orchestra's first appearance at Lisinski Hall after many years’ absence. Young American violinist Esther Yoo will join them in the performance of the concertante part.Yoo attracted the public attention when she won the 10th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010 and the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She was appointed the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence.