Herbert Schuch & Olari Elts

March 4, 2011 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

Pärt – “Necrology”, Op. 5 (dedicated to the victims of fascism)
Ullmann – Piano Concerto, Op. 25 (Estonian premiere)
Tüür – Symphony No 8 (Estonian premiere)

Herbert Schuch (piano)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Olari Elts

The pianist Herbert Schuch attained international stardom by winning three prestigious piano competitions in a year: Casagrande Competition in Terni, Italy, (2004), London International Piano Competition (2005) and International Beethoven Piano Competition (2005). “Sometimes the desire to show excellence beyond expectation is lessened with maturity and fame, and there is something delightful in the budding talent determined to show its worth. This has surely been the path Romanian-born pianist Herbet Schuch drew, who has cleverly drawn attention to himself by choosing to launch his performance career on the international stage with pieces often attempted only by the world’s most accomplished and acclaimed pianists. His polished performance drew admiration not just from the audience, but from the entire orchestra, which showed its appreciation with the traditional stamping of feet.” (The Independent Weekly, 27 July 2009).

The conductor is Olari Elts, ERSO’s principal guest conductor, winner of the International Sibelius Conductors’ Competition, whose outstanding musicianship and idiosyncratic conducting technique make him one of the most individual maverick conductors of his generation. The music inside Elts is burning. He has a vivid and rich cognition of the image and a skill to realize it attractively, to ignite and involve the orchestra and the listeners. Elts feels at home in the whole spectrum of orchestration; he has a keen sense of orientation, he is quick and hot-tempered, sometimes unexpected in his actions. (Leelo Kõlar, Sirp, 1 October 2010).

The premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Eighth Symphony was in Glasgow City Halls on 30 April 2010 when it was performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Olari Elts. “Estonian conductor Olari Elts had a clear affinity for the sound-world which dominated the premiere of Symphony No 8 by his friend, composer Erkki-Sven Tüür. For his latest work, Tüür drew on a colour palette as psychedelic as the Northern Lights, using a dazzling array of effects as well as an exotic line-up of percussion instruments to conjure up images of restless encounters with nature.” (The Scotsman, 4 May 2010). Erkki-Sven Tüür’s recommendations to the listeners of his newest symphony: “Trust your own intuition, sharpen your attention and let the energy emanating from music address you. Listening without prejudice is the best I might recommend. Then each of you, when the music is playing, will create a piece that is unique and entirely your own.”

Concert is produced by ERSO
Tickets: 11.50 € (180 EEK), 7.67 € (120 EEK) / 4.47 € (70 EEK)