Two of the hottest young names in classical music will join forces with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra this October for a celebration of all things French at the Sydney Opera House. French Liaisons will feature 26 year old French conductor Lionel Bringuier and 33 yearold French cellist Gautier Capuçon with a program of Berlioz, Dutilleux and Saint-Saëns.
Bringuier is certainly a fast rising star. At 20 he became the LA Philharmonic’s youngest resident conductor ever. He made his New York Philharmonic conducting debut at just 22 and his BBC Proms debut at 23. Now, at age of 26, he has made appearances with major orchestras around the world. Bringuier takes over as Chief Conductor of the distinguished Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich next year and has just completed his sixth and final season as resident conductor with the LA Philharmonic under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel. This will be his Sydney Symphony Orchestra debut.
Gautier Capuçon was a hit with critics and audiences alike when he made his SSO debut in 2009 and has been called “A young star in the cello firmament” by Gramophone magazine. Since winning the Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent of a Grammy) as “New Talent of the Year” in 2001 he has quickly established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation. Capuçon has performed with all the major international orchestras as a guest soloist. In 2004 he received a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Award and since then he has received several Echo Klassik awards, most recently for his recording of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev with conductor Valery Gergiev and for his recording of Fauré’s complete chamber music in October 2012.
French Liaisons will feature three very different French composers. In what will be a fitting tribute to French modernist composer Henri Dutilleux, who died earlier this year at the age of 97, the orchestra will perform one of his most popular works Métaboles. Also on the program is Hector Berlioz’s audience favourite Symphonie fantastique. The extravagance will continue for Saint- Saëns’ first cello concerto, exquisitely crafted to show off the soloist’s virtuosity and style.
Gautier Capuçon plays Saint-Saëns on 10 Oct 1.30pm, 11 Oct 8pm and 12 Oct 2pm.