New relationships and new sounds spring to life for the MCO debuts of conductor Elim Chan and pianist Igor Levit – plus the world premiere of William Bolcom's Piano Concerto No. 2 – on this short tour beginning at the MCO's residency at the Heidelberger Frühling festival.
William Bolcom has won the Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, and studied with both Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud. His output has been a continual challenge to the artificial distinction of serious and popular music, and in using music to address both the general public and informed audiences, he is well-suited for the soloist of his latest piano concerto. Igor Levit established himself early on in his career for his formidable technique, the range of his repertoire and his meaningfully constructed programmes. But his outspoken and political persona sets him apart as an artist engaging with the world from a much wider perspective.
After winning the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in 2015, and becoming the London Symphony Orchestra's first female Assistant Conductor, Elim Chan has steadily built her conducting career with many orchestras across the world. For her first appearances with the MCO, she has chosen to focus on Igor Stravinsky's neoclassical period, opening the programme with his farewell to Europe, Dumbarton Oaks, and ending with a suite from the ballet, Pulcinella.