Two outstanding artists are making their Berliner Philharmoniker concert debuts: the Chinese pianist Yuja Wang and the Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda. The 28-year-old Yuja Wang, who studied at the Central Music Conservatory in her home town of Beijing, at Mount Royal College in Calgary and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, made her first appearance in Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation concerts with a solo recital in May 2013 and impressed all with her strong stage presence, her phenomenal virtuosity and “her extraordinary sense of colour nuances.” (Der Tagesspiegel) With a programme selection of works by Scriabin, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Lieberman, it was clear that she can handle the most demanding works of the piano repertoire with ease. In her orchestral debut, conducted by Paavo Järvi, she will play Sergei Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto, a piece that she has just performed with the Munich Philharmonic. The press reported how at that concert, she had the knack of recognising the specific colours of individual musical parts and bringing them out, brightly but appropriately.
An Italian of the Russian school
For Gianandrea Noseda, 2015 is expected to be a milestone in his career. Not only the fact that the magazine Musical America proclaimed him “Conductor of the Year”, but before him are two important debuts: with the Berliner Philharmoniker and at the Salzburg Festival where he will conduct the performances of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Noseda, currently music director of the Teatro Regio of Turin, principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and artistic director of the Stresa Festival, received the final touches as a conductor after completing his studies at the Milan Conservatory with Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, whose principal guest conductor he was from 1997 by 2007. His ideal, as a conductor, is to unite the best of three great musical traditions: “German richness and precision, the Russian dark sound and storytelling ability, and the spirit and cantabile of Italianità.” It is precisely this attitude that is also reflected in the programme of his debut concert, which presents Italian, German and Russian soundscapes with Goffredo Petrassi's Partita for orchestra, Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. The soloist in the Strauss songs is Angela Denoke.