Gulbenkian Orchestra / Giancarlo Guerrero
This concert will be broadcast live here on 5 May at 19:00.
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Giancarlo Guerrero is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor, and Music Director of the Nashville Symphony and NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. Guerrero has been praised for his “charismatic conducting and attention to detail” (Seattle Times) in “viscerally powerful performances” (Boston Globe) that are “at once vigorous, passionate, and nuanced” (BachTrack).
Through commissions, recordings, and world premieres, Guerrero has championed the works of prominent American composers, presenting eleven world premieres and fifteen recordings of American music with the Nashville Symphony, including works by Michael Daugherty, Terry Riley and Jonathan Leshnoff.
As part of his commitment to fostering contemporary music, Guerrero, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s biannual Composer Lab & Workshop for young and emerging composers.
In the 2022-23 season, Guerrero returns to lead the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Deutches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester and Queensland Symphony.
The 2021-22 season saw Guerrero’s critically acclaimed debuts with the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony and a return to conduct the Chicago Symphony in addition to performances in Nashville, Wrocław, Lisbon and Bilbao. Though live concerts in the 2020-21 season were largely canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Guerrero performed in virtual concerts with the Houston and Boston Symphonies. He also led the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic in a recording with violinist Bomsori Kim. Their Billboard chart-topping album Bomsori: Violin on Stage was released on Deutsche Grammophon in June 2021.
Other recent additions to Guerrero’s discography include the GRAMMY® nominated recording of John Adams: My Father Knew Charles Ives & Harmonielehre with the Nashville Symphony on Naxos, and a recording of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and the Academic Festival Overture released on NFM Wrocław’s own label.
Maestro Guerrero has also appeared with prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Montréal, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Internationally he has worked in recent seasons with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Brussels Philharmonic, Deutsches Radio Philharmonie and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, as well as the Sydney Symphony in Australia. Guerrero was honored as the keynote speaker at the 2019 League of American Orchestras conference.
Guerrero previously held posts as the Principal Guest Conductor of both The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency and the Gulbenkian Symphony in Lisbon, Music Director of the Eugene Symphony, and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Born in Nicaragua, Guerrero immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. He studied percussion and conducting at Baylor University in Texas and earned his master’s degree in conducting at Northwestern. Given his beginnings in civic youth orchestras, Guerrero is particularly engaged with conducting training orchestras and has worked with the Curtis School of Music, Colburn School in Los Angeles, National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) and Yale Philharmonia, as well as with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program, which provides an intensive music education to promising young students from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
In February 2021, Bomsori signed in Berlin the exclusive contract with the Deutsche Grammophon label.
Highlights of the 2022/23 season include appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden, a tour with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Lahav Shani, concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Ryan Bancroft, debuts with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. Bomsori will return to the Danish National Symphony with Fabio Luisi and to the San Francisco Symphony with a recital. She will perform in Germany with the Basel Chamber Orchestra in Stuttgart and Freiburg, with the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra in Munich and with the Recital in Baden-Baden.
In the 2021/22 season, Bomsori performed Bruch's Concerto No.1 at the "Concerts in the Parks" in New York and at Bravo! Vail Festival with the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden. Other highlights were debuts with the San Francisco Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Alain Altinoglu), the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Fabio Luisi), the Tonkünstler Orchestra (Fabio Luisi), the NDR Radio Philharmonic (Manze) and the Singapore Symphony (Graf). Bomsori was the Focus Artist of the Rheingau Musik Festival 2021 and in the same year began a 5-year residency at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival as Menuhin's Heritage Artist.
Bomsori has had the privilege of performing under the direction of multiple conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Jaap van Zweden, Marin Alsop, Vasily Petrenko, Pablo Heras-Casado, Hannu Lintu, Sakari Oramo, John Storgårds, Andrey Boreyko, Giancarlo Guerrero with numerous leading orchestras, such as New York Philhramonic, Danish National Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra amongst others.
Bomsori has appeared at numerous venues worldwide, such as Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Herkulessaal and the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Berlin Philharmonic, Rudolfinum and Smetana Hall in Prague, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York.
In addition to winning the 62nd ARD International Music Competition, Bomsori is a prize winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition, Queen Elisabeth Competition, International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, Montreal International Musical Competition, Sendai International Music Competition and the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. Bomsori received the 2018 Young Artist Award from the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Korean Music Association’s 2019 Young Artist Award. In 2020, she was presented with the 4th G.rium Artists Award by the Foundation Academia Platonica.
In June 2021 Bomsori released her first Deutsche Grammophon solo Album, Violin on Stage, with NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic and Giancarlo Guerrero. The duo album with pianist Rafał Blechacz, featuring works by Fauré, Debussy, Szymanowski and Chopin, was released in February 2019 by Deutsche Grammophon. The album won the Fryderyk Music Award for “Best Polish Album Abroad” for their DG recording of French and Polish repertoire.
Born in South Korea, Bomsori received a Bachelor degree at Seoul National University, where she studied with Young Uck Kim. She also earned her Master of Music Degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School where she studied with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. She performs on the Guarnerius del Gesù violin “ex-Moller,” Cremona, 1725, on extended loan through the generous efforts of The Samsung Foundation of Culture of Korea and The Stradivari Society of Chicago, Illinois.
Violin Concerto in D major, op. 77
— Intermission 20 min —
Scheherazade, op. 35
After signing an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2021, the prodigious South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim immediately started recording his first CD with the German label. Violin on Stage, an album confirming Kim’s meteoric rise to the most demanding world stages, was directed by maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, a partnership repeated here for his debut at Gulbenkian Música. The choice of music is Brahms’s masterpiece composed with Joseph Joachim in mind, one of the most extraordinary violinists of the 19th century.
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