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2009 Event Media Release - London Philharmonic Orchestra

Issued 14 August, 2009


7-9 October, Concert Hall

conducted by
Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano) and Vadim Repin (violin)

‘A white hot excitement has gripped the orchestral scene since Jurowski became chief conductor of the London Philharmonic’ Evening Standard (UK)

From 7th to 9th October, audiences will finally get the chance to see and hear the conductor everyone is talking about, Vladimir Jurowski, with one of the world’s great orchestras, the London Philharmonic. The three Sydney Opera House concerts feature renowned soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano) and Vadim Repin (violin).

On the 9th October, the London Philharmonic will present a special family concert including some of the favourite works by the great composers. This will be a unique opportunity to introduce young people to the majestic sound of the symphony orchestra in a program that will educate and inspire.

Sydney Opera House CEO, Richard Evans, noted, “These concerts represent a crucial investment in the creative and cultural offering of our city. Bringing international orchestras to perform in Sydney is no small feat, however, in doing so we fulfill the role of enriching our region’s cultural landscape.”

Maestro Jurowski is regarded as one of the world’s finest young conductors and his rise to the world stage has been nothing short of meteoric. He is Music Director of the prestigious Glyndebourne Festival and has conducted many of the world’s great orchestras and opera companies.

Established by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has been resident at London's Royal Festival Hall since 1992 and has played annually at Glyndebourne Festival Opera since 1964. It is one of the most recorded orchestras in the world, and regularly records the scores to major Hollywood feature films, including the Academy Award-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

“Sydney Opera House has an outstanding reputation for excellence, versatility and innovation built over decades and NAB is pleased to be showcasing the London Philharmonic Orchestra, such rich talent, in this iconic Australian venue. We are passionate about the role the arts play in Australian communities, and we aim to make these experiences more accessible for everyone to experience and enjoy.” said Steve Tucker, NAB Group Executive Wealth.

For Sydney Opera House, the London Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are the latest in a series of performances as part of its World Orchestras program, including the Vienna Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev in 2006 and the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta in 2008.

‘[Repin] left me gasping in wonder on more than one occasion’ 
International Record Review (UK)
‘Mr. Thibaudet’s extraordinary technical facility made it all sound easy’ New York Times


Born in Moscow, Jurowski has enjoyed a spectacular rise since his highly successful debut conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night in 1995. In January 2001, this masterful conductor took up the position as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as making his debut as a Guest Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2003 he was named Principal Guest Conductor, and within just three years, London Philharmonic proudly announced him as their 11th Principal Conductor, following on from such esteemed conductors as Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink and Sir Georg Solti.

Jurowski has conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras in both Europe and the United States, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Dresden Staatskapelle and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He makes his Australian debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert series that will have the most seasoned concertgoer sitting forward in their seat, enthralled.

Since becoming Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski has had critics applauding and audiences transfixed. The Independent (UK) claimed Jurowski has a way of injecting new life into pieces that have been heard thousands of time before, “and had us (yes, even jaded music critics) leaving the hall feeling like we’d never heard a note of this music before”.


Masterly, brilliant, poetic, miraculous, breathtaking, virtuosic: these are only a handful of the many accolades the press has used to describe pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. A charismatic and versatile musician acclaimed for his sensitivity and ranges of colour and texture, he is sought after by today’s foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors and collaborative musicians.

In both live performance and recordings, he continues to uphold his reputation as one of the world’s finest pianists. His ongoing relationship with world-renowned orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony brings him to such destinations as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Concertgebouw on a regular basis.


Music is Russian violinist Vadim Repin’s mother tongue. His astonishing ability to draw a rich palette of sound from his instrument, together with his dazzling technique, has enthralled audiences around the globe. At five he started to play the violin. At eleven he won the Wieniawski Competition gold medal in all age categories and gave recital debuts in Moscow and St Petersburg. At fourteen there were débuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, and Helsinki; at fifteen in Carnegie Hall. At seventeen he was the youngest ever winner of the world’s most demanding violin competition, the Concours Reine Elisabeth.

Since then he has played with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, L’Orchèstre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, San Francisco Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, La Scala and New York Philharmonic, under the world’s leading conductors.


London Philharmonic Orchestra 2009
Concert Hall 7– 9 October

Conductor:   Vladimir Jurowski
Guest Pianist:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Guest Violinist:  Vadim Repin

Wednesday 7th October – 8pm
Wagner    Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Bruch    Violin concerto No 1
Brahms    Symphony No 1

Thursday 8th October – 8pm
Schumann    Manfred Overture
Tchaikovsky   Violin Concerto
Beethoven    Symphony No 3 Eroica

Friday 9th October – 1pm
Special Family Concert featuring music by Dvorák, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn

Friday 9th October – 8pm
Rachmaninov   The Isle of the Dead
Ravel     Piano Concerto in G
Tchaikovsky   Symphony No 4


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