Brahms Symphony No. 2
Friday, July 6, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Brevard Music Center Orchestra
Matthias Bamert, conductor
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2
Overture Program Information
Artist Information (Show)
MATTHIAS BAMERT, conductor
Matthias Bamert's reputation in the Classical to Romantic repertoires, his championship of contemporary music, and his innovative programming has received international praise. In 2017, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), and from April 2018 he holds a position of Chief Conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra (Japan).
Matthias Bamert's distinguished career began in North America as an apprentice to George Szell, later as Assistant Conductor to Leopold Stokowski, and Resident Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. Since then, he has held Music Director positions with the Swiss Radio Orchestra, London Mozart Players, West Australian Symphony, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and as Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
Music Director of the London Mozart Players for seven years, Matthias Bamert masterminded a hugely successful series of recordings of works by “Contemporaries of Mozart” and many of which have won international prizes.
In the UK, Matthias Bamert has worked frequently with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Philharmonic, featuring regularly at the BBC Proms. Internationally, he has appeared with many of the great orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, Leningrad Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Director of the Glasgow contemporary music festival Musica Nova from 1985-90, he became renowned for his innovative programming, conducting many world premieres.
This gift came to the fore during his acclaimed tenure as Director of the Lucerne Festival (1992-98), when he was also responsible for the opening of the KKL concert hall and founded the new Easter and Piano festivals.
YEKWON SUNWOO, piano
Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 28-yearold pianist Yekwon Sunwoo began learning piano at age 8. He gave both his recital and orchestra debuts in 2004 in Seoul before moving to the United States in 2005 to study with Seymour Lipkin at the Curtis Institute of Music. He earned his bachelor’s degree there, his master’s at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, and his artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music with Richard Goode. He currently studies under Bernd Goetzke in Hannover. Mr. Sunwoo credits each for their guidance in his artistic development and approach, and honored the late Mr. Lipkin by performing his cadenza during his Semifinal Round performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467.
The first Korean to win Cliburn gold, Mr. Sunwoo launched his debut season in 2017–2018 with invitations to the Aspen, Grand Teton, and Duszniki International Music Festivals. Additional concerts included recitals in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, and a nine-city tour of the United States with the National Orchestra of Cuba. Appearances in Europe include performances in Scotland, Hamburg, Brussels, Copenhagen, and Madrid and Asian appearences include Beirut, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and across South Korea.
Record label Decca Gold released Cliburn Gold 2017 two weeks after his Cliburn win, which includes his award-winning performances of Ravel’s La valse and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata.
In previous seasons, Mr. Sunwoo has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, Houston and Forth Worth Symphony Orchestras, National Orchestra of Belgium, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. He has performed recitals in Tokyo, Paris, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, and throughout South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Prague, and Morocco.
A self-proclaimed foodie, Mr. Sunwoo enjoys finding pho in each city he visits and takes pride in his own homemade Korean soups.
Mr. Sunwoo appears by arrangement with the Cliburn.
Yekwon Sunwoo - Ravel: La Valse
Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
Brahms Symphony No. 2, Movement 4