Carl St.Clair, conductor
Leonard Elschenbroich, cello
Brian Lauritzen, host (Friday)
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Inspired by the legendary folk stories of “A Thousand and One Nights, “Scheherazade” tells the story of a beautiful young bride who must use her charm as a storyteller to save herself from the wrath of a jealous sultan. Also featured are Bernstein’s “Slava!” and Shostakovich’s high voltage Cello Concerto No. 1 — both written for legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
The Friday, Feb. 1 performance is part of the new series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony and will be hosted by KUSC radio personality Brian Lauritzen.
Leonard Elschenbroich has established himself as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation, with a passionate and compelling performing style. His many awards include the 2009 Leonard Bernstein Award, Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk, Eugene Istomin Prize, and a Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. He was accepted onto the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme (2012), was named Artist-in-Residence of Deutschlandfunk (2014-15) and Artist-in-Residence at the Philharmonic Society Bremen from 2013 – 2016.
Elschenbroich has worked with a number of eminent conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Kirill Karabits, Dmitri Kitajenko, Andrew Litton, Juanjo Mena, Edward Gardner, and Yan-Pascal Tortelier. He has has performed with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, NDR Hanover, Dresden Staatskapelle, Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has made seven appearances at the BBC Proms.
Elschenbroich’s debut CD for Onyx Classics of Sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich was released in 2013 and received 5-star reviews from the Telegraph, Guardian as well as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Subsequent releases include Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No 2 with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Litton, an homage to Schnittke and a CD of French repertoire including concertos by Dutilleux and Saint-Saëns, which received acclaim across the board with Rondo Magazin describing him as a “fascinating and grippingly expressive performer.” Future releases for Onyx include the complete Beethoven Sonatas.
In 2012 he became Artistic Mentor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia, the country’s first national orchestra which he co-founded. His commitment to the orchestra sees him return to Bolivia on a regular basis to perform with the orchestra as well as leading educational projects in the area. Other highlights in South America have included appearances with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Belo Horizonte Orchestra and Medellin Philharmonic as well as recitals in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima and Sao Paulo.
Born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Elschenbroich received a scholarship, aged ten, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London. He later studied with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Academy. He plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller "Leonard Rose" (Venice, 1693), on private loan.