The overture to Schumann's sole - and to this day, rarely played - opera, the 'elder sibling' of Sibelius's highly popular Second Symphony, a young Chinese-German pianist who justifies the high hopes placed in him and a Hungarian conductor on the cusp of his career: this concert offers many different things to discover and much of them.The keyword: Weimar. Two important participants in the concert - the conductor and the piano soloist - after completely different earlier lives and coming from completely different points on the globe both journeyed to the city of Goethe, Schiller and Liszt to complete their advanced studies.
Born in 1995, Xinyuan Wang pursued his primary and intermediate studies in his homeland of China, and then at the age of 16 enrolled at the Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań. After a successful showing at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, he went on to study at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar under Balázs Szokolay. Gábor Hontvári studied at Budapest's Franz Liszt Academy of Music, qualifying as a conductor after studying under András Ligeti, Ádám Medveczky and Valér Jobbágy. Between 2015 and 2018, however, he also studied at Weimar's Franz Liszt University of Music, in a course led by Nicolás Pasquet and Gunter Kahlert. He took part in master classes led by Freider Bernius, Péter Eötvös and György Vashegyi, while also making many successful appearances both in Hungary and Germany.
Since its foundation in 1945, the MÁV Symphony Orchestra has played under such conductors as Tibor Szőke, Miklós Lukács, Géza Oberfrank, Tamás Gál and Gábor Takács-Nagy. Currently under the direction of Daniel Boico, the ensemble is enjoying the most successful - and in terms of its artistic development, the most forward-looking - period in its history.
Supported by Classical Futures Europe and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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