Scottish Fantasy - Guest Performers
Max Bruch’s fantasy on Scottish folk melodies for violin and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony were actually inspired by a walking tour of the ruins of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace.
Enjoy Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn’s “charming Scotch overture that carries you over the hills and far away,” - as once described by George Bernard Shaw.
David Danzmayr, former assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, makes his Pacific Symphony debut conducting a program that presents these three different musical perspectives evoking the wild romantic landscapes of Scotland.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included!
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David Danzmayr - Conductor
Described by The Herald as "extremely good, concise, clear, incisive and expressive," David Danzmayr is widely regarded as one of the most talented and exciting European conductors of his generation. Danzmayr is chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in Croatia, the first to hold this title in seven years.
As leader of this orchestra, he is following in the footsteps of famous conductors like Lovro von Matacic, Kazushi Ono and Dmitri Kitajenko. Last season, he led the orchestra in a highly successful tour to the Salzburg Festspielhaus where they performed the prestigious New Year’s concert and were immediately re-invited to perform in future seasons.
In the U.S., Danzmayr is music director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Ohio, where his contract was recently extended, as well as the artistic advisor of the Breckenridge Music Festival.
Previously, Danzmayr served as music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, where his performances was lauded regularly by both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Classical Review.
He was also the only conductor in the Chicago area who programmed a piece of America music on every concert.
Danzmayr has won prizes at some of the world’s most prestigious conducting competitions, including a second prize at the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition and prizes at the International Malko Conducting Competition. For his extraordinary success, he was awarded the Bernhard Paumgartner Medal by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum, and he has quickly become a sought-after guest conductor for orchestras around the globe.
He has served as assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which he conducted in more than 70 concerts, performing in all the major Scottish concert halls and in the prestigious Orkney-based St Magnus Festival.
Danzmayr received his musical training at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg where, after initially studying piano, he went on to study conducting in the class of Dennis Russell Davies.
He was strongly influenced by Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado in his time as conducting stipendiate of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and by Leif Segerstam during his additional studies in the conducting class at the Sibelius Academy.
Ning Feng - Violin
Established at the highest level in China, Ning Feng performs regularly in his native country with major international and local orchestras, in recital and with the Dragon Quartet, which he founded in 2012. Now based in Berlin and enjoying a global career, Ning has developed a reputation internationally as an artist of great lyricism and emotional transparency, displaying tremendous bravura and awe-inspiring technical accomplishment.
Born in Chengdu, China, Ning studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, the Hanns Eisler School of Music (Berlin) with Antje Weithaas and the Royal Academy of Music (London) with Hu Kun, where he was the first student to be awarded 100% for his final recital.
The recipient of prizes at the Hanover International, Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin International violin competitions, Ning was first prize winner of the 2005 Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand), and in 2006 won first prize in the International Paganini Competition.
Recent successes for Ning have included debuts with the LA Philharmonic and Frankfurt Radio Symphony, a tour of China with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a major European tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden, and returns to Berlin Konzerthausorchester and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of Ning’s 2016-17 season include a return to Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer performing Dutilleux's L’arbre des songes with concerts in Budapest and on tour in China, and a major tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and van Zweden, performing in Seoul, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and Osaka, where he will perform Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2 and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4.
Elsewhere, he makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London playing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1. He returns to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Macao Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (for two concerts and a recording), and in Eindhoven he performs a recital of solo Bach to mark the release of his new recording.
Ning records for Channel Classics in the Netherlands and his debut concerto disc featured Bruch's Scottish Fantasy and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. His latest disc, Apasionado, with Orchestra Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias and Rossen Milanov, features works by Sarasate, Lalo, Ravel and Bizet/ Waxman and was released in March 2016.
Ning plays a 1721 Stradivari violin, known as the ”MacMillan,” on private loan, kindly arranged by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong, and plays on strings by Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna.
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initially studying piano, he went on to study conducting in the class of Dennis Russell Davies He was strongly influenced by Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado in his time as conducting stipendiate of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and by Leif Segerstam during his additional studies in the conducting class at the Sibelius Academy.