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Nobu and Ashkenazy

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  • 25. Oct 2018 » 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa 2.500 - 7.800 ISK
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  • Program

    Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson Gletscherlied
    Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2
    Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 2

  • Conductor

    Vladimir Ashkenazy

  • Soloist

    Nobuyuki Tsujii

In November 2018, the ISO will embark on a three-week tour of Japan. It will be the orchestra’s first concert tour in Asia and the biggest trip the ISO has taken since 2000. In all, the orchestra will play 12 concerts, including performances in Osaka, Nagoya, and Hiroshima and two concerts in Tokyo. The conductor will be Vladimir Ashkenazy, who has been enormously popular in Japan for decades.

The piano soloist, Nobu, is also a big star in his home country. Nobu has been blind from birth but recognises no barriers, learning the most difficult works in the piano literature by ear. A gold medallist in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he has appeared in all of the world’s leading concert halls, and the DVD recording of his 2012 concert in Carnegie Hall was named DVD of the Month by Gramophone Magazine.

This concert, a sort of warm-up for the Japan tour, features the programme the ISO will perform there. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2 is one of the most popular works of all time, lyrical and passionate, giving Japanese pianist Nobu unlimited opportunity to showcase his genius. Sibelius’ Symphony no. 2, another masterpiece — one that the composer called “a confession of the soul” — catapulted him to classical music stardom. Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson wrote Gletcherlied in 1998 at Ashkenazy’s request. It will be performed on the ISO’s Japan tour to commemorate the composer, who would have turned 80 this year.