Leonard Bernstein

He was one of the greatest all-rounders in 20th century music. As a conductor, he did outstanding work in all areas of the repertoire. He also made a major contribution to the performance of Gustav Mahler´s music, instituting the post-war...  more

"West Side Story", Symphonic Dances for two pianos and percussion (arr. by Irwin Kostal)

Intermission

Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio Luciano Berio, the Nestor of Italy´s modern composers, who died in 2003 in Rome, was born in 1925 in Oneglia near Genoa in Upper Italy. Following his musical studies at the Milan Conservatory, he initially worked at RAI, where he...  more

"Sinfonia" for eight Voices and Orchestra

Sergei Rakhmaninov

Sergei Rakhmaninov, one of the greatest pianists of all time and one of the most outstanding melodists amongst composers, was born at Oneg, near Novgorod, on 20 March 1873 (1 April New Style), into a musical family. In 1888 Rakhmaninov began to study...  more

Symphonic Dances (Fantastic Dances), Opus 45

In Rachmaninov´s final large orchestral composition, the stress is on "symphonic" rather than "dance". This anything-but-terpsichorean, yet highly entertaining work is overlaid with dark pessimism, and if any dancing is taking place, it´s on the...

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Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Born in St. Petersburg in 1952, Bychkov studied at the Glinka Choir School and later at the Leningrad Conservatory as a pupil of the legendary Ilya Musin. Aged 20, he won the Rachmaninov Conducting Competition but was denied the prize of conducting...  more

Katia und Marielle Labèque, piano

Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Their musical ambitions started at an early age and they rose to international fame with their contemporary rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in...  more

Raphaël Seguinier, percussion

Raphaël Séguinier, born in 1979, began to focus on percussion at the age of 15, after four years of studying piano. He developed throughout his international career a personal style that has led him to play with Rufus Wainright, Saul Williams, Micky...  more

Gonzalo Grau

Gonzalo Grau began his musical studies at the age of three in Caracas. Along his musical journey he developed skills in many instruments, from the viola da gamba and the cello to the flamenco cajón and his principal instrument, the piano. A Berklee...  more

London Voices

London Voices have been at the forefront of professional choral music for the past four decades, not only in the United Kingdom but also in projects throughout Europe and the United States of America. London Voices are proud to have been associated...  more