Perth Festival is the place to be in May 2017. It is one of the highlights in Scotland’s cultural calendar. Now in its 46th year see a rich programme of classical music, opera, rock, jazz, folk, comedy and visual art in Perth Concert Hall. Click here to see the full programme or click on images above for more on each show.

Tickets on sale at 10am 20th March for Friends and 10am 27th March for General Booking. Join Friends online only £10.

Read more about Perth Festival – past artists Van Morrison, Jools Holland, KT Tunstall, The Proclaimers, Jack Bruce, Sharleen Spiteri, Don MacLean, Bryn Terfel, Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa…

Nicola Benedetti Recital

Monday 15th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00 – £35.00

Nicola Benedetti opens the Perth Festival of the Arts with an intimate evening’s recital and “in conversation with” playing a new programme of classical works for violin and piano, alongside her duo partner, Alexei Grynyuk.
The Perth Concert Hall is the ideal setting to showcase Nicola’s individual interpretation of exquisite smaller scale pieces and provides the perfect contrast to the orchestral repertoire that she performs more often in Scotland and the rest of the world.

The evening ends with a chance for the audience to ask Nicola questions.

Book Tickets: http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/how-to-book/

Martin Taylor and Alison Burns – 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald

Wednesday 17th May

The Loft, 20:00

Tickets: £20.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
Celebrating 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald
to be held at The Loft in South Street, Perth
When you think of legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald, you think of the some of the greatest music ever performed. 2017 marks a very special year as one of the most loved entertainer of all time Ella Fitzgerald will be celebrated around the world with a series of commemorative centennial events.
As part of these celebrations multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor and Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns will be touring the UK for a series of concerts highlighting the Grammy-award winning collaboration between Ella and jazz guitarist Joe Pass.
Taylor and Burns who have performed for Prince William and whose fans include Sir Michael Parkinson and Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, will present a concert inspired by the intimate 1960’s duo recordings of Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald.
Martin Taylor
Collaborations with artists including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Jamie Cullum and Bill Wyman have seen him garner two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and in 2002 he was appointed MBE ‘For Services to Jazz Music’ by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain. As one of the world’s most recognized online guitar teachers his innovative online guitar school with its headquarters in Napa, CA has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries.
Alison Burns
There are singers and there are jazz singers. There are jazz singers and there are a few artists who bring more to the microphone – their life, love, heartaches and joy. Alison Burns is one of those artists. Her debut album, Kissing Bug, was received with universal acclaim and became the first album by a Scottish jazz singer to reach the Jazz Top 10. So far she has played in far-flung destinations such as Tokyo, New York, Cannes, Italy and Shanghai and guested with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Big Band.

ArTay

Thursday 18th May

Perth Concert Hall, 10:00

Free Event

ArTay

Curated by Frames Gallery
10.00 – 19.30 Thursday 18th May
10.00 – 19.30 from Friday – Saturday 19th & 20th May
10.00 – 18.00 Sunday 21st May
Beside Perth Concert Hall
Admission Free

Perth Festival is delighted to announce the return of arTay. This large exhibition of Contemporary Scottish Art and Craft was a big success when it ran from 2000-2005 and it is with great anticipation that we have decided to bring it back.

See some of the 2016 paintings click  ArTay

•    It is called “arTay” and consists of a very large marquee erected outside of Perth Concert Hall and will hold an exhibition of Scottish Contemporary Art and Craft.
•    It will feature the work of over 80 artists and makers drawn from all over Scotland and there will be around 300 works on show
•    This is quite a unique event as it’s not an art fair and is much bigger than any normal commercial gallery could hold.
•    It is on for four days and admission is free.
•    Using the contacts that I have built up over the 30 odd years that I’ve been involved in Scottish Art, we will have an impressive range of work on show. From RSA members such as Gordon Mitchell, Doug Cocker and Reinhard      Behrens, RSW members such as Sandy Murphy, Charlie MacQueen, Christine Woodside alongside lesser known but still excellent artists.
•    The main aim of arTay is to make Contemporary Art as accessible as possible to as many people as possible and all the work will be for sale.
•    Perth Festival first held this event in 2000 and ran it for five years and now in 2014 it has been re-instated. It was one of the Festivals most successful events with around 5,000 people visiting the tent over the four days.
•    Perth Festival has been running for over 40 years and is one of the biggest festivals outside of Edinburgh but it has a reputation for being mostly performance based so this very costly investment in visual arts is a big commitment for them.
•    Below is a list of the artists who have currently agreed to take part.
•    Please contact me for more information  and images if required: Hugh Goring: hugh.goring@framesgallery.co.uk  01738 631085

10am – 7.30pm
Free Admission

‘Tosca’ English Touring Opera

Thursday 18th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00 – £45.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Director: Blanche McIntyre
Designer: Florence de Maré
Lighting Designer: Mark Howland
Puccini’s Tosca is one of the world’s best-loved operas, brimming with lust, corruption and intrigue.
When the firebrand revolutionary Cavaradossi is imprisoned, Tosca is faced with an impossible choice: submitting to the desires of the sadistic chief of police, or letting her lover be executed.
Directed by award-winning Blanche McIntyre, and featuring a trio of powerful British artists for Tosca, Cavaradossi and the malevolent Scarpia, ETO’s new production is sure to be a night of passion.
A new production. Sung in Italian with surtitles.

There will be a pre show talk at 18.30 in the Norie Miller Room. Please reserve a free ticket at the Box Office.

English Touring Opera will also be performing shows at Fairview School for Children with Special Needs and for Primary Schools while they are visiting Perth.

Book Tickets: http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/how-to-book/

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 2017

Friday 19th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £38.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

featuring GILSON LAVIS
with special guest CHRIS DIFFORD
and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER, LOUISE MARSHALL & BETH ROWLEY
Doors: 7 pm.
Support act on stage: 7.30 pm – 7.50 pm.
Jools Holland on stage: 8.20 pm. Finish time approx 10.30pm
Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns this year accompanied by special guest Chris Difford. He will be accompanied by the sound of Jools’ unforgettable Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
Jools Holland with be performing tracks spanning his entire solo career as well as songs taken from his new duets album ‘Sirens Of Song’, released November 2014. With a catalogue that reaches through decades, a night with Jools Holland will bring you the greatest boogie-woogie party in town.
Also featuring the astounding vocal power of Ruby Turner, the soulful tones of Louise Marshall and the tireless drums of original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis, along with the inimitable musicianship of the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Jools’ boogie-woogie party is not to be missed!

Jools Holland OBE DL was born Julian Miles Holland on January 24, 1958 in Blackheath, South East London. At the age of 15 Jools was introduced to Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford; together they formed Squeeze, and shortly afterwards they were joined by Gilson Lavis (who had already played with, among others, B. B. King, Chuck Berry and Max Wall), who still drums with Jools. Up The Junction and Cool For Cats gave Squeeze meteoric success and their popularity rapidly extended to America, where their tour included performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

In 1987 Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band, comprising himself and Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 20-piece Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and four trombones.
Jools’ career as a television presenter has run parallel to his musical career. He started in the early 1980s when he interviewed The Police for a documentary that was made while they were recording at George Martin’s Montserrat studio. Jools then auditioned to become co-presenter (with Paula Yates) of The Tube, which achieved almost immediate cult status and discovered a whole new generation of musicians and comedians between 1981 and 1986.
As always, Jools continues to dazzle audiences across the UK with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and their exuberant live performances.  They have just come off an extensive UK tour and, for the 21st year in a row, celebrated the dawn of the new year with the whole nation on BBC2’s New Year’s Eve TV Show ‘Jools’ Annual Hootenanny’.

Book Tickets: http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/how-to-book/

Helena Kay Recital

Saturday 20th May

St Matthews Church, 11:00

Tickets: £10.00

Helena Kay (tenor saxophone) and Peter Johnstone (piano) have been playing together since they met in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. Their new duo project will feature some original music, as well as some of their favourite songs from the Great American Songbook and the jazz canon.

Helena Kay started playing alto saxophone when she was 11 years old and was introduced to jazz when her first saxophone teacher gave her a Charlie Parker CD. She grew up in Perth and moved to London in 2012 to begin studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she received tuition from Martin Speake, Gareth Lockrane, Malcolm Edmonstone, Martin Hathaway and Christian Forshaw. She graduated in 2016 with a First Class in BMus Jazz (Hons) and was also awarded the Anjool Malde Jazz Prize for the highest jazz final recital mark that year. In 2015 she won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year Competition on tenor saxophone; an instrument-switch inspired by her love of Sonny Rollins’s playing in particular.

Helena is now a Guildhall Artist Fellow for the jazz department at the Guildhall School, while maintaining a freelance career as a performer and teacher. She performed with her trio at the Glasgow Jazz Festival 2016 and at the London Jazz Festival in November 2016 with her band KIM Trio (with David Ingamells and Misha Mullov-Abbado).

www.peterjohnstone.co.uk

Book Tickets: http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/how-to-book/

Tenebrae Choir

Saturday 20th May

St John’s Kirk of Perth, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00 – £35.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more. There will be both reserved and unreserved seats for this concert.

Russian Treasures – Rare choral gems and celebrated sacred music from the Russian Orthodox Church

 

You’ll never forget the first time you hear the choral music of Russia. From the subterranean bass notes to the melodies that soar above them, this is singing that simply has to be experienced in the flesh.

 

This concert features popular favourites and little known gems, rarely heard outside Russia. St John’s Kirk will be a marvellous setting for a Perth Festival of the Arts debut of the critically acclaimed choir
TENEBRAE

Songs from Rachmaninov’s ‘All night Vigil’ and his ‘Liturgy of St John Chrysostom’ will be performed alongside pieces by Glinka, Chesnokov and Tchaikovsky and many others. Tenebrae Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision. Tenebrae has twice secured the award for Best Choral Performance in the BBC Music Magazine Awards (2012 and 2016), and its recording of Fauré’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Gramophone Awards (2013). Tenebrae is renowned for its highly-acclaimed interpretations of choral music with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance through to contemporary choral masterpieces and has appeared at major festivals including the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and Montreux Choral Festival (Switzerland). This season, in order to mark Tenebrae’s fifteenth anniversary, the choir is touring its first major commission, Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, as well as launching its inaugural Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square.
Supported by DUNARD FUND

Book Tickets: http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/how-to-book/

The View

Saturday 20th May

Perth Concert Hall, 20:00

Ticket prices TBA

The View is the hottest indie band to come out of Dundee. Don’t miss them.

The band consists of Kyle Falconer, Kieren Webster, Pete Reilly, Steven Morrison and Paul Band. The album ‘Hats Off to the Buskers’ was released in early 2007 and featured four top 40 singles, including their highest peaking release to date ‘Same Jeans’ which entered the UK top five upon release. Chart success came again in 2012 with ‘Cheeky For A Reason’ which entered the UK top ten chart and topped the chart in Scotland. In 2013 the band also released a compilation album entitled ‘Seven Year Setlist’ which featured their most played live tracks along with some new material.

Book Tickets: http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/how-to-book/

Festival Service – Perth Youth Orchestra

Sunday 21st May

St John’s Kirk of Perth, 11:00

Free Event

One of the great traditions of Perth Festival of the Arts, is our annual Festival Service in St John’s Kirk.
This is an inspirational and uplifting event, and also, a great civic occasion. The members of Perth Youth Orchestra join the choir and organist of St John’s Kirk to lead the music and raise the roof of this historic building.

Nigel Kennedy

The Brewin Dolphin Festival Concert

Sunday 21st May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £35.00 – £55.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Pawel Tomaszewski, keyboards
Tomasz Kupiec, bass
Adam Czerwinski, drums
and The Orchestra of Life

Bach Meets My World
J. S. Bach Praeludium
J. S. Bach Sonata E-major
J. S. Bach Partita No 1 B-minor

J. S. Bach Allegro from Sonata A-minor

N. Kennedy Dedications
For Jarek Smietana
For Stephane Grappelli
For Isaac Stern
For Mark O’Connor
For over twenty-five years, Nigel Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. He is the best selling classical violinist of all time.
The Dedications is Nigel’s own composition dedicated to other musicians who inspired him throughout his career, from Stephane Grappelli, to Jarek Smietana, the Polish jazz guitarist, Isaac Stern to Mark O’Connor, the outstanding Nashville violinist. Nigel has been playing the Dedications all over the world and the audiences love the pieces, because they are very melodic and accessible.
Sponsored by

Brewin Dolphin

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Marcus Brigstocke – Why the Long Face?

Age 14 plus

Monday 22nd May

Perth Concert Hall, 20:00

Tickets: £22.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
“Dazzling, inspired, perfectly observed.  I’ve yet to see anything funnier” – Daily Telegraph
 “Intelligent, dark, subtle stuff” – The Observer
“ …. Charming, hilarious and utterly refreshing” –  Sunday Mirror
I was born with a long face and now there’s UKIP and Putin and being single and Islamic State and Trump and Paul Dacre of the Daily bastard Mail and tax dodging corporations and the bloody referendum and for some reason people have started drinking kale juice?! This is a show about gratitude and happiness… with just a tiny bit of wild eyed, incredulous, livid ranting
One of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters, Marcus’s talent was noted early on in his career in 1996 when he won the BBC New Comedian Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He is now regarded as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing stand up nationally to sell out audiences around the UK and globally at international comedy festivals.
BBC Radio 4 has become somewhat of a second home to him with regular appearances on The Now Show and Just A Minute, and he has notched up an impressive list of TV credits including team captain on Argumental (DAVE) and the host of BBC4’s The Late Edition and I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. Other appearances include; Have I Got News For You (BBC ONE), QI (BBC TWO), Sorry I’ve Got No Head (BBC ONE), The Late Edition (BBC FOUR), and the 11 O’Clock Show (Channel 4).

Swinging at The Cotton Club

Tuesday 23rd May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. The exciting dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous The Lindy Hop Dance Company, the world’s premier jazz dance company and Harry Strutters HotRhythm Orchestra featuring vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.

Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermanni, Adam Holmes and The Embers

Wednesday 24th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Enjoy an evening of lively, diverse Scottish and Celtic folk-rock, from gentle ballads to foot stomping reels, performed by a trio of outstanding Scottish acts.

 

Treacherous Orchestra are nothing short of a Scottish supergroup who are big in numbers and perform in epic style. Their story is one of many strands, a tale told spanning the length and breadth of Scotland.  An undefinable collective force fusing people, concepts, styles and influences, shaping a musical supergroup that defies description.  From the North to the South, East to the West they came, converging in the musical melting-pot of Glasgow, trading ideas over beers and playing music with ferocity, verve and passion. Be prepared to be blown away.
Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the Scottish folk scene. He crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. Like John Martyn’s strum and sting, laced with a slice of Celtic soul and a touch of traditional folk. His first album with the Embers in 2014 was nominated for both Scottish Album of the Year and Best Album at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. He has been singer/guitarist with the popular powerhouse band RURA, on their critically acclaimed albums and touring widely. His latest album with the Embers, Brighter Still has been recently released.
Rachel Sermanni is a Scottish folk musician from Carrbridge. An accomplished storyteller, she writes rich, thoughtful lyrics which belie her twenty something years. Her folk noir style ranges from gentle to grungy. Both her 2012 debut album, Under Mountains, and latest album, Tied to the Moon in 2015, were released to critical acclaim. Tied to the Moon was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year.

HMS Pinafore

Thursday 25th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £22.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
Don’t just see it – be in it! The audience are the chorus for this production…

 

Set sail on Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and join principal singers from the D’Oyly Carte and Carl Rosa Opera companies, with YOU, the audience taking on the roles of sailors, sisters, cousins and aunts. From the comfort of your seat you will rehearse the popular songs under the direction of West End and opera conductor Ian McMillan, while costumed soloists give a lively performance on stage. No experience necessary. Fun for all ages. Best costumes (optional) win prizes…

Scottish Opera Pop-up Roadshow 26th & 27th May

Friday 26th May

Perth Concert Hall, 12:00

Free Event

 


Scottish Opera is packing up its theatre on wheels and bringing two pop-up operas out on the road to Perth.

Performed by a storyteller, singers and instrumentalists, and supported by a set of colourful illustrations, each show gives a fantastic introduction to opera. It will be in a converted trailer, recreating the Theatre Royal in Glasgow and parked beside Perth Concert Hall in Mill Street.
There will be three shows a day. These shows are free but it is essential to reserve a ticket at the Box Office in advance. Each show lasts 25 minutes and is suitable for a family audience. A maximum of four tickets per booking as seats are limited.

Friday 26th May
12.00 A Little Bit of La bohème
14.00 A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance
15.00 A Little Bit of La bohème
Saturday 27th May
12.00 A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance
14.00 A Little Bit of La bohème
15.00 A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance

Local schools will be visiting the trailer on the Wednesday and the Thursday.

 

Book Tickets: http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/how-to-book/

Justin Currie and The Pallbearers

Friday 26th May

Perth Concert Hall, 20:00

Tickets: £25.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

‘This Is My Kingdom Now’ is the new album from Justin Currie, to be released May 12, 2017 on Endless Shipwreck Records. Currie will support the release with a headline tour with his band The Pallbearers, culminating at Islington Assembly Hall on June 2.
After 22 years toiling in the moderately successful pop/rock outfit Del Amitri, Justin Currie made the rash decision to go it alone in 2003, spending the next four years fannying about writing, drinking and doing any weird non-rock gig he was invited to participate in; jazz shows, folk shows and soul shows added more saggy strings to his collection of bows. In 2008 he finally pulled his finger out and pushed the button on a solo career with the release of his masterpiece of maudlin, ‘What Is Love For’. The question mark was missing, perhaps denoting an answer reached: “the future is miserable and I shall sing it”.
His fourth album of this series, ‘This Is My Kingdom Now’, follows on from follow-ups ‘The Great War’ (2010) and ‘Lower Reaches’ (2013). The pop sensibility of Del Amitri’s sprightly hits was largely missing from this solo oeuvre, replaced by a tone Currie himself describes as “suicide in a saucy shirt”. Over time audiences have begun to divine hit-type hooks buried within the gloom and now flock to hear epics such as “No, Surrender”, “If I Ever Loved You” and “Falsetto” with an alacrity some find surprising in an age where distraction from modernity’s inferno is a kind of medical emergency.
Currie lives and breathes in Glasgow, collects beer mats and makes his own cushions.

 

 

Book Tickets: http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/how-to-book/

Children’s Classic Concerts

Saturday 27th May

St John’s Kirk of Perth, 15:00

Tickets: £6.00 – £10.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Children’s Classic Concerts presents ‘Tartan Tales’
Join the clans of the Children’s Classic Concerts mighty mini-orchestra for a musical journey through the swirling mists of Scottish storytelling. CCC’s irrepressible hosts, Owen and Olly, will be your musical guides as they take you galloping on Tam O’Shanter’s horse, through the stormy waters of Fingal’s Cave, all the way to the battlefields of Braveheart – you might even be lucky enough to spot Nessie along the way!
Children’s Classic Concerts introduce classical music to 4 – 12-year-olds in a jam-packed hour of musical storytelling, well-loved tunes and lots of participation!
With support from Creative Scotland and the Gannochy Trust.

Moscow Philharmonic

Saturday 27th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00 – £45.00

 
Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
Conducted by Yuri Botnari with pianist Freddy Kempf
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Suite
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist. Freddy came to national prominence in 1992, when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition.
The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1951 by Samuil Samosud, as the Moscow Youth Orchestra for young and inexperienced musicians, acquiring its current name in 1953. It is most associated with longtime conductor Kiril Kondrashin under whom it premiered Shostakovich’s Fourth and Thirteenth symphonies as well as other works. Yuri Simonov has been the orchestra’s principal conductor since 1998.