hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt

25.11.23 - 03.12.23

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The hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt embarks on a European tour with young pianist Jan Lisiecki under the baton of Chief Conductor Alain Altinoglu

Antonin Dvořák: In der Natur - Ouverture für Orchester op. 91 (1891)

Edvard Grieg: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-Moll op. 16


Modest Mussorgsky: Bilder einer Ausstellung (Orchestration von Maurice Ravel)




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MC2, Maison de la Culture

Grenoble Cedex 2

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La Seine Musicale


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Halle aux Grains à Toulouse


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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

Founded in 1929 as one of the first radio symphony orchestras in Germany, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt) has been one of the leading international Mahler and Bruckner orchestras since decades and today successfully negotiates the challenges of a modern top-ranking orchestra. Famed for its outstanding wind section, its powerful strings and its dynamic and sophisticated playing, the orchestra of the Hessischer Rundfunk (German Public Radio of Hesse) together with its new Music Director Alain Altinoglu is associated with musical excellence but also with an interesting and varied repertoire.

With innovative new concert formats, highly acclaimed CD productions and digital offerings, regular appearances in music capitals such as Vienna, Salzburg, Madrid and Paris as well as regular tours to Asia, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony underlines its prominent position within the European orchestral landscape and has an outstanding reputation worldwide.

Known for its groundbreaking world premiere recordings of the original versions of Bruckner's symphonies and the first complete digital recording of all Mahler symphonies, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony established a tradition in the interpretation of Romantic literature, which radiated from the longtime Music Director and current Honorary Conductor Eliahu Inbal to his successors Dmitri Kitaenko and Hugh Wolff, and on to the era of today's Conductor Laureate Paavo Järvi and to Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who last led the orchestra for seven years with great success.

From its very inception, the orchestra displayed a firm commitment to both traditional and contemporary music under its first Music Director Hans Rosbaud. Following the war and during reconstruction, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony grew with Kurt Schröder, Winfried Zillig and Otto Matzerath at the helm, finally achieving international standing between the 1960s and 1980s under Dean Dixon and Eliahu Inbal, with guest performances worldwide and the production of multi-award-winning records.

SEASON 2022/2023


Alain Altinoglu
KD SCHMID Alain Altinoglu

Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve

Music Director Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
Chefdirigent hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt

Alain Altinoglu is Music Director of Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt. Since 2015, he has earned widespread recognition for his extraordinary leadership, inspiring riveting and transcendent opera performances in Brussels. His tenure with hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt commenced from the 2021/22 season.

Alain Altinoglu regularly conducts such distinguished orchestras as Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, as well as all the major Parisian orchestras.

Highlights of the 2022/23 season include conducting the season opening concerts of the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, and appearing at the Salzburger Festspiele conducting Verdi’s Aida. Altinoglu continues guesting relationships returning to Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orchestre de Paris.

A regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses, Altinoglu appears at Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House London Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Bayerische Staatsoper München and all three opera houses in Paris. He has also appeared at the festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Orange and Aix-en-Provence. 

Alongside his conducting, Altinoglu maintains a strong affinity with the Lied repertoire and regularly performs with mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch. Altinoglu has released audio recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Naïve, Pentatone and Cascavelle. DVD productions of Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Accord), Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (DG), The Golden Cockerel, Iolanta, The Nutcracker, Pelléas et Mélisande (BelAirClassiques) have also been released to critical acclaim.

Born in Paris, Alain Altinoglu studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he now teaches the conducting class.

Season 2022/2023


Jan Lisiecki, Piano

Jan Lisiecki © Holger Hage / DG

Pristine, lyrical and intelligent” – The New York Times

A musician of unusual refinement and imagination” – Boston Globe

 “Chopin playing of the highest class” – The Guardian

Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 27, the Canadian performs over a hundred yearly concerts worldwide, and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin,Daniel Harding, Manfred Honeck, and Claudio Abbado (†).

In 2021/2022, Lisiecki presents a new recital programme featuring Chopins Nocturnes and Études in more than 30 cities all around the globe. Recent return invitations include Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for performances at Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Lisiecki recently performed a Beethoven Lieder cycle with baritone Matthias Goerne, among others at the Salzburg Festival, and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights of this years summer included play/ conducts of four complete Beethoven piano concerto cycles, both Chopin concerti with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and a return to the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London as well as a sold out residency at Rheingau Musik Festival.

The 22/23 season will see him in residence at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Philharmonie Köln. Jan Lisiecki will tour with Vienna Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, return to the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and play the season opening gala of Seattle Symphony.

In the spring of 2023 he will return to Teatro alla Scala in Milano both in recital, and with Filarmonica della Scala.

At the age of fifteen, Lisiecki signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The label launched its celebrations of the Beethoven Year 2020 with the release of a live recording of all five Beethoven concertos from Konzerthaus Berlin, with Lisiecki leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano. His Beethoven Lieder cycle with Matthias Goerne, released shortly after, was awarded the Diapason d’Or. Lisiecki’s eighth recording for the prestigious label, a double album of Frédéric Chopin's Complete Nocturnes which he also showcases in his current recital programme, appeared in August 2021 and in February 2022 on vinyl, immediately topping the classical charts in North America and Europe. Most recently, his previous solo programme Night Music, featuring works by Mozart, Ravel, Schumann and Paderewski, was released as a digital album. His recordings have been awarded with the JUNO and ECHO Klassik.

At eighteen, Lisiecki became both the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist Award and received the Leonard Bernstein Award. He was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada in 2012.


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