Despite these uncertain times, with our day-to-day lives moving back and forth, we confirmed that music has the power to bring us together in difficult moments.
Led by conductors like Giancarlo Guerrero, Lorenzo Viotti, Nuno Coelho and Lawrence Foster, the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir remains at the centre of Season 21/22, with a total of ten programmes ranging from J. S. Bach to the premiere of new pieces in Portugal.
The first months of the 21/22 Season will respect our established and continued commitment of presenting today’s greatest pianists. In October, we are again proud to host the Pianomania festival, with six days full of exciting first-rate performances.
The Great Interpreters cycle brings three prestigious international groups and some of today’s most exicting musicians. A chance to hear the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Leif Ove Andsnes, Jordi Savall conducting Le Concert des Nations and Joyce DiDonato accompanied by Il pomo d’oro.
Outside Pianomania, the Piano Cycle will also welcome two performers of boundless talent. In November, the Spanish pianist Javier Perianes will grace us with a programme centred around Goyescas by Enrique Granados, and Arcadi Volodos will return to Schubert and Debussy.
Mentored by Riccardo Muti mentored and in a clear international affirmation, the presence of conductor Lina González-Granados in the Main Auditorium will kick-off the usual Sunday Concerts cycle, specially designed for families and tailored to developing audiences.
Met Opera Live in HD
Gulbenkian Music is once again joining forces with the Metropolitan Opera House to broadcast, from New York, the Met Live in HD series. Starting in October, with one opera per month, and with the historic event of the first original piece by a black composer.
Grande Auditório of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian will start to vibrate with sounds the resident groups, Coro e Orquestra Gulbenkian, bring us right in the beginning of September. We will celebrate the change of season towards autumn by playing Four Seasons – this time in a new reading imagined by Max Richter. From then onwards the music will continue uninterrupted until Christmas which will be celebrated by jubilatory sounds of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The MET Opera Live on HD season also comes back with three new productions.
The backbone of the programming is constructed, as always, by the cycles of the Gulbenkian orchestra and Choir. The orchestra continues with resident conductors Giancarlo Guerrero, Nuno Coelho and Lorenzo Viotti, at the same time presenting new acquaintances such as the Latvian Andris Poga, the French Raphaël Pichon and Lina González-Granados from Colombia. Not forgetting the much-awaited return of our Conductor Emeritus Lawrence Foster.
One of the highlights for those who love piano music is certainly our second Pianomania – a festival that celebrates the incredible richness of solo piano repertoire from Bach to Widmann, not forgetting the greatest innovative genius in piano writing that is Beethoven. Among the 11 pianists there are several innovators like Ivo Pogorelich, Lucas Debargue and the 14 years old phenomenon Alexandra Dovgan.
In addition, visiting ensembles and soloists complete the landscape giving the season a varied form. We are happy to welcome our beloved regular guests as Joyce DiDonato with Il Pomo d’Oro, Maria João Pires with Coro Infanto-Juvenil da Universidade de Lisboa, Jordi Savall with Le Concert des Nations, Leif Ove Andsnes with Mahler Chamber Orchestra – and many others.
We look forward to welcoming you to discover the new season Gulbenkian Música!
Director of Gulbenkian Music
Following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health, the Grand Auditorium will be subject to exceptional access conditions, with its capacity reduced by half. During this period, a room plan with a typology different from the usual one will be in operation.
The use of a mask will be mandatory and the concerts will have an approximate duration of one hour, without an intermission. Get to know the access conditions.