began playing at fifteen years of age and co-founded the Chamber Orchestra
of Europe. In 1983, he joined
the London Philharmonic Orchestra and stayed with them for seven years. He became a member of the London
Symphony Orchestra in 1992. Other
groups with whom he has worked include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the
English Chamber Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the
Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sinfonia
June 2007, the LSO performed Claude Debussy’s “Three Preludes”,
Sergei Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 1”, with soloist Vadim Repin, and Igor
and “Symphony in Three Movements”.
They teamed up
with soloist Andrew Marriner for Debussy’s “First
Rhapsody for Clarinet” on 14th June 2007. It was sandwiched between Prokofiev’s
October Cantata and Stravinsky’s
May 2007, they shared the stage with soprano Angela Gheorghiu
in an evening of opera highlights that featured “Lascia
from George Frideric Handel’s Rinaldo, “Stridono lassu” from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and “Un bel di vedremo”
from Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
reunited with the LPO on 17th April 2010 at Royal Festival Hall for
“Symphony No. 3” (“Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”) by
Henryk Gorecki, the
British premiere of “Texan Tenebrae”
by Mark-Anthony Turnage, and the European
premiere of “Violin Concerto No. 2” (“The American Four
Seasons”) by Philip Glass.
October 2011, the LSO offered up an all-Sibelius program that comprised the
Finnish master’s “Violin Concerto in D minor”, with
soloist Nikolaj Znaider,
and “Symphony No. 2 in D major”.
forces with the London Symphony Chorus on 21st October 2011 for
a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in D major (Missa Solemnis).
November 2011, they performed the “Allegro assai” from Bela Bartok’s “Divertimento pour orchestre a cordes”, “Barococo” by Alexandros
Markeas, “EGAD!” and “Strings
on the Wing” by Gareth Glyn, “The Sea and the Sky” by
Jeff Moore, and “Souvenir” by Ladislav
interpreted Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes”, Dmitri
Shostakovich’s “Violin Concerto No. 1”, with soloist
Sarah Chang, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s
“Symphony No. 6” (“Pathetique”)
on 23rd February 2012.
May 2012, they presented a wall-to-wall Stravinsky affair that included The Firebird, Mass, and “Violin Concerto in D major”, with
soloist Leonidas Kavakos.
Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3”, with Yefim Bronfman at the keys, and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony
No. 4” on 27th May 2012.
May 2012, Yefim was back at the piano bench, and
Gil Shaham joined the fray, as they interpreted
Alban Berg’s “Chamber Concerto”, which was followed by
Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1” (“Titan”).
Gil was back
with them on 3rd June 2012 for a concert that paired Mahler’s
“Symphony No. 5” with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Violin
Concerto No. 5” (“Turkish”).
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The Planets and Music of
Hope with the LSO, Fresh Aire 8 by Mannheim Steamroller, and Stabat Mater with Claire Seaton &