November 16, 2012 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

1st concert of the MASTERCLASS series

Alfred Schnittke. Cello Concerto No 1
Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony  No 3 in E flat major “Eroica”, Op 55

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

The international career of Kazan-born cellist Natalia Gutman, who graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire under Mstislav Rostropovich, was launched in 1967 when she won first prize at the ARD competition in Munich. By the age of 25, she had won or become laureate of five international competitions, began to front the world’s top orchestras and work with the best conductors, including Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Evgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur and many others. In 1969, she began performing with her violinist husband, the late Oleg Kagan. Gutman has also worked in close cooperation with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Saulius Sondeckis, and fronted ERSO as a soloist.

In addition to international classics, contemporary music has always had an important place in Gutman’s repertoire, premiering several works by Schnittke, Pärt, Gubaidulina, Denissov and other composers.

Alfred Schnittke dedicated both his Cello Concerto No 1 and Cello Sonata No 1 completed eight years earlier to Gutman. Schnittke’s Cello Concerto No 2 is dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich.

Tickets: 20 € / concessions for students and pensioners 15 €.
Concert is produced by ERSO.

In its 86th season, ERSO brings to its listeners six concert series: PARIS SYMPHONIES, FESTIVO, CLASSICS, MASTERCLASS, 1001 NIGHTS and MAESTRO.
The concert is part of the MASTERCLASS series:

If you buy a ticket for all the concerts mentioned, you will win 40% of the price of single tickets.
Tickets for the MASTERCLASS series are sold until 16 November 2012.
With a series ticket the price of one concert is 12 € / concessions for students and pensioners 9 €.
Four concerts of the MASTERCLASS series: 48 € / concessions for students and pensioners 36 €.