GILBERT VARGA & PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
PIANO CONCERTO series is presented by Liviko
Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) ~20’
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor ~25’
Tableaux d’une exposition (Pictures at an Exhibition; orchestrated by Maurice Ravel) ~40’
DMITRY SHISHKIN piano
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor GILBERT VARGA
Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 will be brought to the audience by the winner of the 73rd Geneva International Piano Competition and the latest silver medallist of the Tchaikovsky Competition, Dmitri Shishkin. The pianist was born in Chelyabinsk, resides in Switzerland, and is performing with the top Russian and European orchestras, giving concerts all over the world.
Gilbert Varga, son of celebrated Hungarian violinist Tibor Varga, conducts with distinctive presence and flair. A commanding and authoritative figure on the podium, Varga is repeatedly acclaimed for performances displaying exquisite textures, a broad range of colours, and subtle use of dynamics. Renowned for his elegant and exceptionally clear baton technique, Varga has held positions with and guest conducted many of the major orchestras across the globe.
In 1997 Varga was appointed Music Director of the Basque National Orchestra, leading them through ten seasons and on several international tours, and between 2013-2018 he was Principal Conductor of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, conducting on them on tours to Europe, the US and Japan. As guest conductor, Varga has led many of the world’s top orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Radio Symphony Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Oslo Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony orchestras. From 2019-2021 he was Chief Conductor of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, resident in the world-class Kodály Centre in Pécs, Hungary.
Concert is produced by ERSO.