This concert will be broadcast live on 13 September at 19:00 (GMT).
50% – Under 30 years old
15% – Over 65 years old
Aziz Shokhakimov is Music Director to Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Artistic Director to Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra. During 2015-2021 he held the position of Kapellmeister to Deutsche Oper am Rhein. His guest conducting has included orchestras such as Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and hr-Sinfonieorchester. In North America he has conducted Houston Symphony, Toronto and Seattle symphony orchestras.
Recent and forthcoming engagements include Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra and he returned to the 2023 La Roque-d'Anthéron with Sinfonia Varsovia.
Aziz Shokhakimov is equally prolific in the operatic repertoire. The 2022/23 season saw his debut with Opera National de Paris conducting Donizetti’s Lucia de Lammermoor. In 2023/24 Shokhakimov debuts at Bayerischer Staatsoper conducting Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame. As part of his tenure with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, he will conduct a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin at Opera du Rhin. As Kapellmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein he conducted a new production of The Queen of Spades, Madame Butterfly, Salome and Tosca among others.
Shokhakimov has an ongoing relationship with Salzburg Festival where, having been selected from more than 100 candidates, he won the prestigious Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in August 2016. He returned to the Salzburg Festival in August 2017 for the prize-winner’s concert with RSO Wien and conducted the Opening Ceremony of Salzburg Festival with Patricia Kopatchinskaja in 2019.
Born in 1988 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Shokhakimov entered the Uspensky Music School for Gifted Children at the age of six, studying violin, viola and orchestral conducting (in the class of Professor Vladimir Neymer). At 13 he made his debut with National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1. During the following year he conducted his first opera, Carmen, at the National Opera of Uzbekistan. He was appointed Assistant Conductor of National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan in 2001 and became its Principal Conductor in 2006. In 2010, at the age of just 21, Shokhakimov won second place at the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg, under the auspices of the Bamberger Symphoniker.
Jay Campbell is a cellist actively exploring a wide range of creative music. He has been recognized for approaching both old and new music with the same curiosity and commitment, and his performances have been called “electrifying” by the New York Times and “gentle, poignant, and deeply moving” by the Washington Post.
The only musician ever to receive two Avery Fisher Career Grants — in 2016 as a soloist, and again in 2019 as a member of the JACK Quartet — Jay made his concerto debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2013 and in 2016, he worked with Alan Gilbert as the artistic director for Ligeti Forward, part of the New York Philharmonic Biennale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2017, he was Artist-in-Residence at the Lucerne Festival along with frequent collaborator violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, where he gave the premiere of Luca Francesconi’s cello concerto Das Ding Singt. In 2018 he appeared at the Berlin Philharmonie with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He has recorded the concertos of George Perle and Marc-Andre Dalbavie with the Seattle Symphony, and in 2023/2024 will premiere a new concerto, Reverdecer, by Andreia Pinto-Correia with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Portugal, and in Brazil with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo. In 2022 he returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic as curator and cellist for his second Green Umbrella concert, premiering two concertos by Wadada Leo Smith and Inti Figgis-Vizueta.
Jay’s primary artistic interest is the collaboration with living creative musicians and has worked in this capacity with Catherine Lamb, John Luther Adams, Marcos Balter, Tyshawn Sorey, and many others. His close association with John Zorn resulted in two discs of new works for cello, Hen to Pan (2015) and Azoth (2020). Deeply committed as a chamber musician, he is the cellist of the JACK Quartet as well as the Junction Trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao, and multidisciplinary collective AMOC.
Ma mère l’Oye (suite)
Reverdecer, concerto for cello and orchestra *
— Intermission 20 min —
Symphony No. 5, in E minor, op. 64
* Absolute premiere – Commissioned by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Orquestra Sinfónica do Estado de São Paulo.
Andreia Pinto Correia, a prominent composer of contemporary music, will premiere her work Reverdecer, concerto for cello and orchestra on this programme. It was composed for the unrivalled virtuosity of Jay Campbell, a cellist praised by the Washington Post for his “delicate, poignant and deeply moving” interpretations. Months before Pinto Correia arrives with another composition at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, by the hand of Gustavo Dudamel, the first audition of her new concert will be conducted in Lisbon by the young Uzbek conductor Aziz Shokhakimov, together with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
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