Alpesh made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 26 January, conducting Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with Benjamin Grosvenor, Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Strauss' Death and Transfiguration. Geoff Brown at the Times gave the performance 4*, commenting:
“Alpesh Chauhan had the full orchestra roaring and sighing completely at his command — it was genuinely exciting stuff … [he is] definitely a conductor on the move … [Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration] was something else — a carefully graded, magnificent journey through turbulence, sweet reminiscences, death and the beyond, with the full orchestra roaring or sighing, completely at Chauhan’s command.”
Read the full review here.
In a subsequent article for The Spectator, Richard Bratby commented:
“Brahms’s Haydn Variations and Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration [offered] some useful indicators of Chauhan’s possible future direction. First, he has the ability … to make a musical phrase feel like articulate speech. Chauhan knows how to give his musicians the space in which to be themselves, and the LSO woodwinds repaid that freedom tenfold. Secondly, he made Strauss’s luscious surges of string tone sing from within. And thirdly, he perceives a symphonic work as a single arc, and can make moments of repose — even silence — feel like they’re moving forward. These qualities will surely deepen with time.”
Read the full article here.
In an LSO Blog interview, Alpesh spoke about the debut as well as his upcoming post as Principal Conductor Designate at the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini from the 2017/18 season:
"Conductor Alpesh Chauhan is one to watch this year. As former Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Designate of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini Parma, the 26-year-old is already making an impact across Europe. "
Read the full interview here.