National Symphony Orchestra © Scott Suchman


National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.)

16.02.24 - 02.03.24

about the tour.

The National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) comes to Europe to tour for the first time with its music director Gianandrea Noseda. Maestro Gianandrea Noseda has chosen violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Seong-Jin Cho as soloists for this tour.

Programm 1:
Alban Berg: 3 Stücke aus der Lyrischen Suite für Streichorchester


Carlos Simon: "Wake Up!" Concerto for Orchestra

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur op. 35


Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 55 (Eroica)


Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: Symphonie Nr. 5 d-Moll op. 47

Programm 2:
Alban Berg: 3 Stücke aus der Lyrischen Suite für Streichorchester


Carlos Simon: "Wake Up!" Concerto for Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 4 G-Dur op. 58


Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: Symphonie Nr. 5 d-Moll op. 47


Franz Schubert: Sinfonie Nr. 8 C-Dur D 944 ("Große C-Dur Sinfonie" - alte Nr. 9) (1825)






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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

The 2023/24 season is the National Symphony Orchestra’s 93rd season, and Music Director Gianandrea Noseda’s seventh season. Noseda serves as the Orchestra’s seventh Music Director, joining the NSO’s legacy of distinguished leaders: Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Antal Doráti, Howard Mitchell, and Hans Kindler. Its artistic leadership also includes Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and Artistic Advisor Ben Folds.

Since its founding in 1931, the NSO has been committed to performances that enrich the lives of its audienceand community members. In 1986, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) became an artistic affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where it has performed since the Center opened in 1971. The 96-member NSO participates in events of national and international importance, including the annual nationally televised concerts on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, live-streamed performances from the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on, and local radio broadcasts on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

The NSO builds on its recording legacy with its eponymous label that launched in 2020. Since launching, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) has garnered praise for its ambitious recording projects including the orchestra’s first complete Beethoven Symphony cycle and the release of the first-ever cycle of George Walker’s Sinfonias, both led by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda.

Additionally, the NSO’s community engagement and education projects are nationally recognized, including "NSO In Your Neighborhood", an annual week of performances in schools, churches, community centers, and other unexpected venues; "Notes of Honor", which offers free performances for active, veteran, prior service, andretired members of the military and their families; and "Sound Health", a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its affiliated organizations. Career development opportunities for young musicians include the NSO Youth Fellowship Program and its acclaimed, tuition-free Summer MusicInstitute.

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Gianandrea Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda © Ranald Mackechnie

Gianandrea Noseda is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, equally recognized for his artistry in both the concert hall and opera house. The 2023–2024 season marks his seventh as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.). 

Noseda’s leadership has inspired and reinvigorated the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.) which makes its home at the Kennedy Center. The renewed artistic recognition and critical acclaim has led to invitations to Carnegie Hall, international concert halls, as well as digital streaming and a record label distributed by LSO Live for which Noseda also records as principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. The label’s most recent and upcoming releases are dedicated to the complete Sinfonias by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington, D.C. native George Walker and a Beethoven Cycle. The label launched in 2020 with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 and Copland’s Billy the Kid. He has made over 70 recordings for various labels, including Deutsche Grammophon and Chandos on which he recorded many works including those by neglected Italian composers through his Musica Italiana series.    

Noseda became General Music Director of the Zurich Opera House in September 2021. In 2022, his initial four-year contract was extended through the 2027–2028 season. An important milestone will be two complete Ring Cycles in May 2024 in a new production by Andreas Homoki. Since April 2022, his performances of the Ring operas have been praised by critics and in February 2023 he was recognized as “Best Conductor” by the jury of the German OPER! AWARDS, specifically for his Wagner interpretations.  

From 2007–2018, Noseda served as music director of the Teatro Regio Torino, where his leadership marked the opera house’s golden era.    

Noseda has conducted the most important international orchestras, opera houses and festivals and had significant roles at the BBC Philharmonic (chief conductor), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (principal guest conductor), Mariinsky Theatre (principal guest conductor), Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (principal guest conductor), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Victor de Sabata Chair), Rotterdam Philharmonic (principal guest conductor), and Stresa Festival (artistic director).   

Noseda has a strong commitment to working with the next generation of musicians and in 2019 was appointed the founding Music Director of the Tsinandali Festival and Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra in the village of Tsinandali, Georgia.

A native of Milan, Noseda is Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, marking his contribution to the artistic life of Italy. He has been honored as Musical America’s Conductor of the Year (2015) and International Opera Awards Conductor of the Year (2016). In 2023, he received the Puccini Award whose past recipients include legendary opera stars Maria Callas, Birgit Nillson and Luciano Pavarotti. 




Hilary Hahn, Violin

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Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn melds expressive musicality and technical expertise with a diverse repertoire guided by artistic curiosity. Her barrier-breaking attitude towards classical music and commitment to sharing her experiences with a global community have made her a fan favorite. Hahn is a prolific recording artist and commissioner of new works, and her 23 feature recordings have received every critical prize in the international press. She is currently in the midst of her third year as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence, and is Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, Visiting Artist at The Juilliard School, and Curating Artist of the Dortmund Festival.

Hahn is a frequent commissioner and performer of works by living composers, and her 2023–24 repertoire includes several new and recent works by Barbara Assiginaak, Steven Banks, Jennifer Higdon, Jessie Montgomery, and Carlos Simon, among others. Hahn performs these alongside compositions by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Brahms, Prokofiev, Korngold, Ginastera, Sarasate, Barber, and Copland in concerts with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Colombian Youth Orchestra, the Israel, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics, and the Chicago, National, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras.

In addition to her orchestral appearances, Hahn will give several solo recitals and small-ensemble performances this season. Beginning in September with a recital in Athens, GA, Hahn will perform three solo Bach recitals; other dates include an October performance in Kansas City, where she opens the 2023– 24 Harriman Jewell Series, and a March recital in New York as part of her residency with the New York Philharmonic. As Curating Artist of the Dortmund Festival, Hahn will perform a duo recital with organist Iveta Apkalna, join cellist Seth Parker Woods in a recital program as well as a performance of contemporary American repertoire with London’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, lead one of her signature "Bring Your Own Baby" concerts, and host a master class for violinists of all levels.

A strong advocate for new music, Hahn has championed works by a diverse array of contemporary composers, and has personally commissioned more than 40 composers to write works in a wide range of formats. Her 2021 recording Paris features the world premiere recording of Rautavaara’s Deux Sérénades, a piece written for Hahn and which she premiered in 2019. Other recent commissions include Michael Abels’s "Isolation Variation", Hahn’s recording of which was nominated for a Grammy; Barbara Assiginaak’s "Sphynx Moth"; Lera Auerbach’s Sonata No. 4: Fractured Dreams; and 6 Partitas by Antón García Abril.

García Abril, Auerbach, and Rautavaara had been contributing composers for "In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores", Hahn's Grammy Award-winning multi-year commissioning project.

Hahn has related to her fans naturally from the very beginning of her career. She has committed to signings after nearly every concert and maintains and shares a collection of the fan-art she has received over the course of 20 years. Her “Bring Your Own Baby” concerts create opportunities for parents of infants to share their enjoyment of live classical music with their children in a nurturing, welcoming environment. Hahn’s commitment to her fans extends to a long history of educational outreach. Her social media-based practice initiative, #100daysofpractice, has transformed practice into a community-building celebration of artistic development; since Hahn created the hashtag in 2017, fellow performers and students have contributed nearly one million posts. A former Suzuki student, she released new recordings of the first three books of the Suzuki Violin School in 2020. In 2019, she released a book of sheet music for "In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores", which includes her own fingerings and bowings and performance notes for each work.

Hahn is a prolific and celebrated recording artist whose feature albums on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Sony have all opened in the top ten of the Billboard charts. Her most recent album celebrates her artistic lineage with a recording of Ysaÿe’s six sonatas for solo violin. Three of Hahn’s albums—her 2003 Brahms and Stravinsky concerto disc, a 2008 pairing of Schoenberg and Sibeliu concerti, and her 2013 recording of In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores—have been awarded Grammys. Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, which was composed for Hahn and which she recorded in 2008, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Hahn is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. In recent seasons, she was named Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2023, delivered the keynote speech of the Second Annual Women in Classical Music Symposium, received the 2021 Herbert von Karajan award, and was awarded the eleventh Annual Glasshütte Original Music Festival Award, which she donated to the Philadelphia-based music education nonprofit Project 440. Hahn was the 2022 Chubb Fellow at Yale University’s Timothy Dwight College; she also holds honorary doctorates from Middlebury College—where she spent four summers in the total-immersion German, French, and Japanese language programs—and Ball State University, where there are three scholarships in her name.

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Seong-Jin Cho, Piano

Seong-Jin Cho © Christoph Koestlin, DG

With an innate musicality and overwhelming talent, Seong-Jin Cho has established himself worldwide as one of the leading pianists of his generation and most distinctive artists on the current music scene. His thoughtful and poetic, assertive and tender, virtuosic, and colourful playing can combine panache with purity and is driven by an impressive natural sense of balance.

Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, and his career has rapidly ascended since. In early 2016, he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and in 2023 Cho was awarded the prestigious Samsung Ho-Am Prize in the Arts, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the world of classical music. An artist high in demand, Cho works with the world's most prestigious orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, New York Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Simon Rattle, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lahav Shani.

Highlights of Seong-Jin Cho’s 2023/24 season include his anticipated debut at the Salzburger Festspiele with the Mozarteumorchester and Ivor Bolton, and his return to London’s BBC Proms with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. He notably returns to the Concertgebouworkest, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra, giving performances in both Boston and Carnegie Hall, and makes anticipated debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. A highly sought-after touring soloist, Cho embarks on several international tours, including with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko in Korea, and with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons in Korea and Japan. He also performs with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Gianandrea Noseda throughout Europe in Spring 2024.

An active recitalist very much in demand, Seong-Jin Cho appears in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the main stage of Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmonie, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Prinzregententheater München, Barbican London, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, Festival International de piano de la Roque d'Anthéron, and Verbier Festival. During the coming season he is engaged to perform solo recitals at halls including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, KKL Luzern, Sala Santa Cecilia, Megaron Athens and Carnegie Hall.

Seong-Jin Cho's latest recording is his solo album entitled The Handel Project, released in February 2023, and in August 2021, he released Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Scherzi with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda for Deutsche Grammophon. He had previously recorded his first album with the same orchestra and conductor featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as the Four Ballades. His solo album titled The Wanderer was released in May 2020 and features Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, Berg’s Piano Sonata op. 1 and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor. A solo Debussy recital was also released in November 2017, followed by a Mozart album with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in 2018. All albums have been released on the Yellow Label and have garnered impressive critical acclaim worldwide.

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at the age of six and gave his first public recital aged 11. In 2009, he became the youngest-ever winner of Japan’s Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In 2011, he won Third Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 17. From 2012-2015 he studied with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Seong-Jin Cho is now based in Berlin.

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