Concert du Wednesday
10 November 2010
Al Bustan Palace, Sultanat d’Oman
Gleb Skvortsov direction
Louis Schwizgebel-Wang soliste
Irina Chkourindina soliste
Ouverture de opera "Tancredi"
Concerto pour deux pianos et l'orchestre en re mineur
Symphonie N°4 en la majeur “Italienne” ̈, Op. 90
Sir Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance, March N° 1 en re majeur
A propos de:
Gleb Skvortsov, direction
Born in Saint Petersburg in 1972, Gleb Skvortsov started his musical education at the age of seven at the famous Glinka College. After attending the Rimsky-Korsakov Music Conservatory, he graduated with distinction and was awarded the Ev- geny Mravinsky Prize. Gleb Skvortsov completed in Switzerland further musical studies and obtained an Orchestral Conducting Diploma in 1999.
His professional career was launched in 1998 when he became the conductor of the Geneva University Choir and Orchestra. He held this position for ten years, during which he presented a varied repertoire of choral and orchestral music including a number of premiere productions in Geneva.
Skvortsov’s professional engagements involved work as an assistant to Michel Corboz, Dimitry Kitajenko, Emmanuel Kri- vine, Fabio Luisi and Roberto Rizzi Brignoli and conducting the Kapella Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg, l’Orchestre National de Lyon, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne and that of Geneva as well as many others.
In addition, Gleb Skvortsov was the instigator and artistic director of numerous operatic works including the Swiss première of Dimitri Shostakovich “Moskva-Tcheriomoushki”, “Fairy tale of Pope and his servant Balda” as well as a French version of Nino Rota “Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze”, an opera which he also conducted in its original Italian version in the Opera of Lausanne.
In 2009, he created “Camerata Venia”, an orchestral ensemble composed of first rate musicians from Geneva.
Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, soliste
Born in 1987 to a Chinese mother and a Swiss father working in the visual arts and grandson of a famous Chinese painter, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang began studying the piano at the age of six with Franz Josefovski. Three years later, he was admitted to the superior level of the Lausanne Conservatory in Brigitte Meyer’s class.
Louis Schwizgebel-Wang gave his first concerts when he was just nine.
At the age of fifteen, he graduated with honours as a soloist. He is currently pursuing his studies at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
Ever since, he has repeatedly performed on the most prestigious international stages and also played for radios and tele- visions. In 2003, he won the Paderewski Prize.
He also appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Basel Symphonic Orchestra, the Musikkollegium of Winterthur, the Orchestre de la Suisse romande with conductors such as Carl Davis, Hervé Klopfenstein, Douglas Boyd, Jean-Bernard Pommier or Louis Langrée. He recently gave a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall. He will shortly appear with the Wiener Symphoniker conducted by Fabio Luisi and the Orchestre de la Suisse romande conducted by Marek Janowski
In 2005 he won the Second Prize in the Geneva Music Competition (no First Prize being attributed that year), as well as the Coup de Coeur Breguet Prize and the Prize awarded by the Public. In January 2007, he won the First Prize in the Young Concert Artists Audition in New York as well as eight special prizes, which opened the doors to the finest North American concert halls and orchestras. He gave recitals in Washington’s Kennedy Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall and received excellent critics from the Washington Post and the New York Times.
His first record was released in 2006 under the Pan-Classics label (featuring Mendelssohn’s second piano concerto, accompanied by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Goodwin, as well as piano pieces by Mozart, Moszkowski and Schulhoff).
Irina Chkourindina, soliste
Born in India into a family of Russian diplomats, Irina Shkurindina performed at a very young age as a soloist in recitals held in India’s eleven biggest cities by the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.
Formed in the famous “Russian school” at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the young pianist continued her studies with such acclaimed professors as Andrey Pisarev (assistant of S. Dorensky) and Kira Shashkina (teacher of M. Pletnev), who all assisted her as she brilliantly surmounted the difficult steps towards becoming a successful pianist. She obtained her Master’s diploma for classical piano and was awarded the First Prize along with the congratulations of the jury.
When she was 23 years old, Irina decided to leave Russia and move to Geneva where she attended classes with Edson Elias, professor at the Ecole Normale de Paris and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon. She obtained her Soloist’s Diploma in 2005 with honours and, in 2006, studied chamber music at the Geneva Conservatory where she obtained yet another diploma, again with distinction.
She participated in (and regularly won) numerous international competitions, her first at age 16 in 1994 when she won the First International Piano Competition in China, with another prize-winning performance at the 2000 Moscow National Accompanist Competition, her most recent victory co- ming at the Zurich Orpheus Competition.
Her repertoire embraces almost the entire range of classical music. When forced to name her personal favourites, she admits, true to her origins, to having a particular fondness for the virtuoso repertoire, notably for Russian composers such as Prokofiev, Schedrin, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. But Liszt and Janacek are also among her favourites, as are modern composers such as the likes of Dutilleux.
She has also given many concerts in France, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and Switzerland (with the Orchestra of the Swiss Romande in 2005) and recorded four CDs devoted to classical romantic compositions (by Liszt, Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff etc.).