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Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Romanticism to Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique"

Thursday, July 27, 2017
08:15pm

Location Amphitheater

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Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Nikita Mndoyants, piano

Pre-performance Lecture

 

Repertoire:

Gioachino Rossini: Overture from L'Italiana in Algeri  [9'] 

Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, LW H4  [19’] 

Intermission

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74, "Pathétique"  [46’]

 


Marcelo Lehninger, conductor

Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger is the newly-appointed Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He previously served as Music Director of the New West Symphony in Los Angeles, for which the League of American Orchestras awarded him the Helen H. Thompson Award for Emerging Music Conductors. Marcelo was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by James Levine, and, after a very successful two year tenure that included stepping in for Maestro Levine on short notice in Boston and on tour at Carnegie Hall, was later promoted to Associate Conductor.

Mr. Lehninger’s 2016-17 season includes debuts with the Sydney, Melbourne, Colorado, Hawaii, Toledo, and Portland Symphonies; the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; and Symphony Nova Scotia; as well as return engagements with Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, New Mexico Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Bard Orchestra, the orchestra of his alma mater. Highlights of the 2015-16 season included debuts with the Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Ft. Worth, and Knoxville Symphonies, The Orchestra Now, and, in Europe, his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and a return to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

As a guest conductor in the United States, Mr. Lehninger has led the Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Baltimore, Seattle, Milwaukee, National, Jacksonville, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Omaha, Chautauqua, Hartford, and Fairfax Symphonies; the Florida and Louisville Orchestras; and the Rochester and Orlando Philharmonics. In Canada, he has appeared with the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, and the Calgary and Hamilton Philharmonics. European highlights include engagements with the Lucerne Symphony, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and a tour with the Concertgebouw Orchestra assisting Mariss Jansons.

Mr. Lehninger was music advisor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas for the 2007-08 season. Plácido Domingo serves as artistic advisor for the ensemble, which is composed of 120 talented musicians from more than twenty countries throughout the Americas. In summer of 2008, Maestro Lehninger toured with YOA and pianist Nelson Freire in South America, conducting concerts in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. He has led all of the top orchestras in Brazil as well as regular guest conducting in Argentina, and previously served as Associate Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra in Brazil.

Chosen by Kurt Masur in 2008, Mr. Lehninger was awarded the First Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship sponsored by the American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation. He was Maestro Masur’s assistant with the Orchestre National de France (during their residency at the Musikverein in Vienna), Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig and the New York Philharmonic. In 2011, he participated in the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, organized by the League of American Orchestras, conducting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center as part of the National Conducting Institute.

Before dedicating his career to conducting, Mr. Lehninger studied violin and piano. He holds a Master’s degree from the Conductors Institute at New York’s Bard College, where he studied conducting under Harold Farberman and composition with Laurence Wallach. His mentors also include Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin and Roberto Tibiriçá. A dual citizen of Brazil and Germany, Marcelo Goulart Lehninger is the son of pianist Sônia Goulart and violinist Erich Lehninger.


Nikita Mndoyants, piano

Coming from a family of professional musicians, Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music a very young age. He gave his first public recital at age eight, and recorded his first CD (of a live performance in Helsinki) at age ten. Mr. Mndoyants received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where he studied composition with Professor Alexander Tchaikovsky and piano with Professor Nikolay Petrov and Professor Alexander Mndoyants. Since 2013 he has taught orchestration, also at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory.

Mr. Mndoyants won first prize at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2007 Paderewsky International Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a composer, Mr. Mndoyants received first prize at the 2014 Myaskovsky International Competition of Composers.

Mr. Mndoyants has toured throughout China, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S. and appeared in major concert halls in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Paris. He has worked with renowned conductors including Bramwell Tovey, Leonard Slatkin, Eri Klas, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Charles Ansbacher, and Alexander Sladkovsky. He has performed in several festivals, including the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland) and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. Mr. Mndoyants also has been pianist and composer in residence at the International Music Festival in Wissembourg (France) since 2012.

Giving his first chamber performance with the Borodin Quartet in 2004, he has continued to cultivate his passion for chamber music, working with such ensembles as the Brentano, Eben, Zemlinsky, and Szymanowsky Quartets. His piano and chamber works are made available by publishing houses Composers, Muzyka, and Jurgenson, and have been performed by Daniel Hope, Nicolas Stavy, the Szymanowski and Zemlinsky Quartets, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and others. Mr. Mndoyants has released solo and chamber recordings on the Classical Records and Praga Digitals labels.

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