Edinburgh Usher Hall 2019-2020 Orchestral Season

Edinburgh Sunday Classics 2019-2020

Karl Chapman (Director of Edinburgh Concert Series) (c) Duncan McGlynn

For some years, the series of international orchestral concerts, traditionally held on Sunday afternoons, has been a highlight in Edinburgh musical life. The season follows the Edinburgh International Festival maintaining a cultural level emphasizing the status of Scotland’s capital as the center of Scottish arts and music.

The series allows an opportunity for Edinburgh music lovers to compare the standards of the nation’s national orchestras with the best international ensembles. In the season starting in October are several well-known ‘friends’ who have visited in past years, and several orchestras who offer something quite fresh for Edinburgh audiences.

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Pietari Inkinen talks to Gregor Tassie

Pietari Inkinen (c) Nguyen Phuong Thao

The Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen started playing the violin and piano at four years and entered the Sibelius Music Academy graduating in violin studies (2003) and in conducting (2005) after which he studied with Zakhar Bron in Germany. He formed his own Piano Trio – the Inkinen Trio, and also performed in a rock band in Helsinki. He decided to devote his career to conducting and his first position was as chief conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (2008-2015). Inkinen recorded all the Sibelius symphonies for Naxos with the NZSO. In April 2019 the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under Pietari Inkinen are touring Europe in programmes reflecting both the central repertoire and music from the Far East and from Inkinen’s homeland.

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Maxim Emelyanychev interviewed by Gregor Tassie

Maxim Emelyanychev (c) SCO

When the 29-year-old Russian musician Maxim Emelyanychev was appointed Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Conductor designate last spring, many were not so surprized for the young conductor had astounded many concertgoers when he stepped in at the last moment for a SCO concert of Schubert’s ‘Great’ C major symphony. It was his lively and entertaining conducting, in addition to his relationship with his musicians, that ensured his appointment.

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Scottish Ensemble’s Eclectic Continental Drift Music Feels Fresh

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Various composers, Scottish Ensemble’s Continental Drift: Kevyan Chemirani, Bijan Chemirani, Sokratis Sinopolous (guest musicians), Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Morton (violin/director), Summerhall, Edinburgh, 10.3.2019. (SRT)

Keyvan Chemirani & Scottish Ensemble (in rehearsal) (c) Robert McFadzean

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