- Daniele Gatti,
- Nikolaj Znaider
Daniele Gatti has been music director of the Orchestre National de France since 2008. He has led the orchestra through a vast repertoire field.His musical leadership has firmly established the orchestra in the French and German-Austrian repertoire – his performances of the Mahler Symphonies and Lieder being one of the highlights of their collaboration so far. They have also focused in their work together on the Italian Masters. For their first European tourtogether Daniele Gatti will present two programmes. The first will be an all symphonic programme featuring Stravinsky. For the second we are delighted to have secured the renowned violinist Nikolaj Znaider performing Bartok’s Violin Concerto.
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Musique funèbre for string orchestra (Muzyka zalobna) (1958)
BARTOK, B.: Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2 Sz 112 (1937/38)
BEETHOVEN, L.V.: Symphonie Nr. 6 F-Dur op. 68 (''Pastorale'')
BEETHOVEN, L.V.: Egmont - Ouverture op. 84
STRAWINSKY, I.: Symphonie in C (1940)
DEBUSSY, C.: La Mer (Trois Esquisses Symphoniques)
STRAWINSKY, I.: Der Feuervogel - Suite (für großes Orchester) von 1919
Orchestre National de France
The Orchestre national de France was not founded by chance. It sprang from the desire to create a means of serving French music and the symphonic repertoire. This ambitious project, combined with radio broadcasts of the orchestra’s concerts, has contributed to...
The Orchestre national de France was not founded by chance. It sprang from the desire to create a means of serving French music and the symphonic repertoire. This ambitious project, combined with radio broadcasts of the orchestra’s concerts, has contributed to its continuing prestige. The list of its conductors and of the soloists it has accompanied offers further proof, were that necessary, of its commitment to excellence.
The story of the orchestra began in 1934. Today, three quarters of a century later, it has a rich history of concerts, premieres and tours.
Since 2008 Daniele Gatti has been the Orchestre national de France’s music director. He and the orchestra have explored the entire symphonic repertoire, from major pieces by French composers such as Debussy and Ravel, to the Austro-German repertoire of Brahms, Beethoven and Mahler, performing the latter’s complete symphonies and lieder. Their exploration of the Italian lyric repertoire, and particularly their interpretation of Verdi’s Falstaff, were memorable. Among other activities, they are in residency each season at Vienna’s Musikverein, where they give a series of concerts.
Daniele Gatti was born in Milan and studied composition and conducting at the city’s Verdi Conservatory. Daniele Gatti has been the music director of the Orchestre National de France since September 2008. Prior to this appointments, he was the music director...
Daniele Gatti was born in Milan and studied composition and conducting at the city’s Verdi Conservatory. Daniele Gatti has been the music director of the Orchestre National de France since September 2008. Prior to this appointments, he was the music director of the Royal Philharmonic (1996–2009), principal conductor of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1992–97), principal guest conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1994–97), music director of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (1997–2007), and principal conductor at the Zurich Opera House (2009-2012).
Daniele Gatti has conducted many new productions at leading opera houses all over the world, including the Vienna State Opera (Simon Boccanegra, Moses und Aron, Otello and Boris Godunov), La Scala Milan (Lohengrin, Wozzeck, Don Carlo and Lulu), the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Aida and Fidelio), the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Otello, Falstaff), the Zurich Opera House (Falstaff, Parsifal, Otello, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Mathis der Maler) and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he made his debut in a new production of Madama Butterfly in 1994, and where he returned February 2013 for an acclaimed new production of Parsifal. In December 2013 he opens the new season at La Scala with La traviata, closing appointment of the bicentenary Verdi’s celebrations.
Maestro Gatti is one of the few Italian conductors ever invited to the Festival of Bayreuth, where he opened the 2008 festival edition with a new production of Parsifal (repeated every year until 2010). After Elektra in 2010, he returned to the Salzburg Festival in 2012 to conduct Bohème and Meistersinger in 2013.
From 2009 to 2011 with the Orchestre National de France, Gatti conducted the Mahler Cycle at the Theatre du Chatelet, Parsifal in concert version, and the Beethoven Cycle in combination with five new commissions of French contemporary composers. He has toured with the Orchestre National de France in North America, Spain, Italy, Austria, England, as well as Germany, and in the 13-14 season he will conduct a complete Tchaikovsky Cycle and celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Orchestre which was founded in 1934.
This season Maestro Gatti will conduct in Munich with the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, in London with the London Symphony, in New York at Carnegie Hall for a concert version of Wozzeck with the Vienna State Opera, and in concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He will appear for the first time at the Dutch National Opera for Falstaff with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and also in Salzburg with an opera and two symphonic concerts.
Daniele Gatti is Grande ufficiale al merito della Repubblica Italiana and Chevalier des arts et des lettres de la Republique française.
He is also an exclusive artist with Sony. His first two Sony recordings with the Orchestre National de France, dedicated to Debussy and Stravinsky, were released in 2012 and 2013.
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Nikolaj Znaider, Violin
Nikolaj Znaider is not only celebrated as one of the foremost violinists of today, but is fast becoming one of the most versatile artists of his generation uniting his talents as soloist, conductor and chamber musician. As the Principal Guest Conductor of the...
Nikolaj Znaider is not only celebrated as one of the foremost violinists of today, but is fast becoming one of the most versatile artists of his generation uniting his talents as soloist, conductor and chamber musician.
As the Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg, this season Znaider will conduct productions of ‘Carmen’, ‘Così fan tutte’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ in addition to symphonic concerts. Last season Znaider was Artist in Residence with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, where he conducted two symphonic programmes, and appeared in recitals and concerts. In the 11/12 season Znaider appeared as Artist in Residence with the Staatskapelle Dresden, and in the 12/13 season with the London Symphony Orchestra, playing concerti and conducting large-scale symphonic programmes in London and abroad.
He is a regular guest conductor with orchestras such as the Münchner Philharmoniker, Czech Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Russian National Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony. The coming season includes collaborations with London Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg and NDR Hamburg to name a few.
As a soloist, Znaider works regularly with the world’s leading orchestras. Highlights of the coming season include performances with The Tonkünstler Orchestra under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Vienna Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst, LA Phiharmonic with Andrey Boreyko, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with Neeme Järvi and Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann. In addition Znaider will also undertake European tours with both the SWR Sinfonieorchester under Stéphane Denève, and Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Philippe Jordan, as well as a world tour with the Gewandhaus Orchestra covering cities such as Leipzig, Vienna, Houston, Washington, Boston and New York. In recital and chamber music Znaider appears at all the major concert halls.
His latest recording for RCA Red Seal is the Elgar’s ‘Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61’ with the late Sir Colin Davis and the Staatskapelle Dresden. His award winning recordings of the Brahms’ ‘Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77’ and Korngold’s ‘Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35’ with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, the Beethoven’s ‘Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61’ and Mendelssohn’s ‘Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64’ with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s ‘Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63’ and Glazunov’s ‘Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82’ with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerische Rundfunk have all been greeted with great critical acclaim, as was his release of the complete works for violin and piano of Johannes Brahms with Yefim Bronfman. For EMI Classics he has recorded the Mozart Piano Trios with Daniel Barenboim and the Nielsen and Bruch Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Znaider is passionate about the education of musical talent and was for ten years Founder and Artistic Director of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school whose vision it is to create conscious and focused musical development based on quality and commitment.
Nikolaj Znaider plays the “Kreisler” Guarnerius “del Gesu” 1741 on extended loan to him by The Royal Danish Theater through the generosity of the VELUX Foundation and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.