An American Evening with Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel (photo: Danny Clinch for LA Phil)

In this programme, Gustavo Dudamel sets out on a musical journey to America that leads from Mexico to Argentina to the US. Gabriela Ortiz’s Téenek. Invenciones de Territorio is a thrilling combination of Mexican folklore and avant-garde sounds. From Alberto Ginastera, on the other hand, we hear a piano concerto with soloist Sergio Tiempo, the percussive, magical tonal language of which earned the composer the nickname the “Argentine Bartók”. In his Second Symphony, Charles Ives created a sonorous synthesis of the European and popular US musical traditions.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Sergio Tiempo piano

Gabriela Ortíz

Téenek – Invenciones de Territorio

Alberto Ginastera

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1, op. 28

Sergio Tiempo piano

Charles Ives

Symphony No. 2

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Gustavo Dudamel

“The evening is likely to go down as the most exciting conducting debut in the orchestra’s history,” wrote the Tagesspiegel after the Waldbühne concert in 2008, which was Gustavo Dudamel’s first time conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker. The then 27-year-old conductor, a graduate of the Venezuelan music education programme “El Sistema” and winner of the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, embarked on a meteoric career that led him to the major international orchestras and opera houses. He is currently music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and musical director of the Paris Opera, as well as chief conductor designate of the New York Philharmonic. He has also led the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela since the age of 18. The Venezuelan musician has a close artistic friendship with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Over the past 15 years, Dudamel has come regularly to Berlin, often conducting two programmes per season and displaying a wide artistic range in his repertoire: whether works by Russian or French composers, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, Mahler or new music – he has always impressed with his electrifying, energetic style of music-making. Time and again, the orchestra has also invited him to perform at concert events with media impact: his Waldbühne appearance in 2008 was followed by the New Year’s Eve Concert in 2010, the Europakonzert in Vienna in 2012, and two more Waldbühne concerts in 2014 and 2017. He also accompanied the orchestra on its major tour of Asia in 2018 – further proof of their great mutual appreciation.

Sergio Tiempo

A dry, decisive touch and lyrical emphasis: the Venezuelan pianist Sergio Tiempo has made a name for himself internationally with his energetic performances. At the age of 14, he made his highly acclaimed debut at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and soon attracted attention with a wide-ranging repertoire that also includes works by Latin American composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos and Alberto Ginastera. He is considered a specialist in the music of Ginastera in particular. Sergio Tiempo was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and after early piano lessons with his mother, the pianist Lyl Tiempo, studied at the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where he was taught by Dmitri Bashkirow, Murray Perahia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. The musician received further inspiration from Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire, who became his mentors. Tiempo is a regular guest with leading orchestras in Europe, the USA and Latin America, and has a close artistic partnership with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel. He has appeared as a soloist at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh International Festival – as well as at Martha Argerich’s Festival in Lugano, where the pianist also performed with his sister and duo partner Karin Lechner. His highly acclaimed recordings include several with Mischa Maisky, of which the Rachmaninoff album Elegy won an award from BBC Music Magazine.

Sergio Tiempo (photo: Sussie Ahlburg)

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