Mihkel Poll (© Kaupo Kikkas).

January 10, 2019 at 1 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (symphonic lunch*)
January 11, 2019 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

2nd concert of the PIANO CONCERTO series

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 3

Claude Debussy
The Sea (La Mer), three symphonic sketches for orchestra

Maurice Ravel
Valse (La Valse), a choreographic poem for orchestra

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Mihkel Poll: ‘With its unique beauty and abundance of feelings, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 has become one of the most beloved piano concertos, winning the hearts of pianists and the audience alike. The enormous number of notes and its romantic virtuoso style mean that the piece is a true challenge for the pianist. At the same time, its emotional depth and diversity offer inexhaustible creative inspiration and make every performance a special event.’ In the second half of the evening, two masterpieces of the early 20th century will be performed – Debussy’s The Sea, which is one of the most vivid examples of musical Impressionism, and Ravel’s riveting The Waltz.

Mihkel Poll is an internationally renowned pianist, who has performed in the London Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall, as well as in the large hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Mihkel Poll started working with ENSO more than ten years ago and together, they have performed a considerable number of piano concertos in both St. Petersburg and Stockholm. Mihkel Poll has won awards at several international contests. He won the annual award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia in 2004; he was a laureate for the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Cultural Foundation of the President of the Republic of Estonia in 2013; and the second of his two solo albums won the best chamber music album award in 2016.

Estonian conductor, Mihhail Gerts, is making a name for himself following a number of acclaimed, successful debuts with orchestras such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatskapelle Weimar, Helsinki Philharmonic and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor he has performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bremer Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, National Philharmonic of Russia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared at the Mikhailovsky Theater (St. Petersburg), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Teatro delle Muse (Ancona), and National Opera of Belarus (Minsk).

Speaking fluently in seven languages – English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Estonian, he enjoys communicating with various audiences in their native languages. In 2014, Gerts achieved finalist positions in both the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and the Evgeny Svetlanov Competition. In 2013, he was accepted into the Dirigentenforum program by the German Music Council.

Gerts is starting the new 2018/2019 season with concerts of Beethoven’s „Missa Solemnis“ in Estonia, followed by debuts with Taipei Symphony Orchestra (soloist: H. Grimaud) and Oulu Sinfonia (H. Rott, “Symphony No. 1”). He will also be conducting a new production of the opera „Dante“ by Benjamin Godard in Opera Saint-Etienne.

Tickets: €23 / €16     BUY TICKET

* Symphonic lunch

Sergei Rachmaninoff. Piano Concerto No. 3
Maurice Ravel. Valse (La Valse), a choreographic poem for orchestra

Tickets:  €8 / €6     BUY TICKET

Concerts are produced by ENSO