Today Alpesh joined the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma for the unveiling of their 2018/19 season. Stepping into his second season as Principal Conductor, Alpesh looks forward to leading the orchestra through a thrilling year of music, and to welcoming some of the world’s most distinguished soloists to perform in the city of Parma, Italy’s 2020 Capital of Culture.
During his first season as Principal Conductor, Alpesh has led the orchestra through the complete cycle of Brahms’ symphonies, and collaborated with outstanding soloists such as British pianist Stephen Hough for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, Enrico Pace for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and baritone Markus Werba and soprano Sophie Gordeladze for Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem in the 2017/18 opening season concert.
The coming season opens on the 9th November, where cellist Pablo Ferrandez will join Alpesh and the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini for a programme of Copland, Dvorák and Tchaikovsky at the Auditorium Paganini. Further highlights of the season include a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in February, which begins a Beethoven Symphony Cycle that will continue into the 2019/20 season, and a programme of Glinka, Martinu, Dvorák and Ligeti featuring concertmaster of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini Mihaela Costea and principal flautist Sandu Nagy as soloists. Further on in the season, violinist Nicola Benedetti joins Alpesh at the Auditorium Paganini for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.
Alpesh looks forward to the season ahead, commenting:
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our first season together and look forward to the next great season we have planned, where I'll be working again with two of my favourite soloists; Nicola Benedetti and Pablo Ferrandez, welcoming them to Parma for the first time. I'm also looking forward to starting our new cycle of Beethoven symphonies, and to conducting highlights from Prokofiev’s colourful Romeo and Juliet score and Bruckner’s grand seventh symphony – all showcases for this incredible orchestra of passionate and energetic musicians.
I'm also excited to announce that in the coming months Classic FM will be broadcasting our Brahms symphony cycle performances, recorded in Parma last season."
Prior to the new season beginning in Parma on the 9th of November, Alpesh is joined by soloists Nicola Benedetti and Laura van der Heijden at St. George’s Church to perform with the Bristol Ensemble on the 6th September. Following this, Alpesh returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for an evening of ‘Italian Moments’ (27th September), and in October Alpesh also looks forward to making his Spanish debut with the Palau de les Arts Valencia conducting Puccini’s Turandot - more information can be found here.