Artist Interviews

Interview: Xian Xhang

Interview: Xian Xhang

By | December 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm | No comments

As part of our Ones to Watch series of artist interviews we caught up with conductor Xian Zhang ahead of her  concert with the LSO at the Barbican on Sunday 18 January 2015. Her programme will include Verdi’s overture La forza del destino, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 2...

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The Magic and Majesty of Alexandre Desplat

The Magic and Majesty of Alexandre Desplat

By | December 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm | No comments

On Thursday 11 December, film composer Alexandre Desplat joins the LSO to conduct us through a selection of some of his most iconic scores, including The King's Speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Grand Budapest Hotel and more. We've worked with Alexandre on...

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Interview: Nikolaj Znaider

Interview: Nikolaj Znaider

By | November 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm | No comments

As part of our Ones to Watch series of concerts we're putting the spotlight on seven of the brightest emerging conducting talents in the world with a series of interviews. We'll be finding out what makes our up-and-coming conductors tick, what they think makes a great conductor...

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Interview: Rafael Payare

Interview: Rafael Payare

By | September 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm | No comments

We catch up with Venezuelan hot-shot Rafael Payare, recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, who tells us why everyone ought to come to his LSO debut concert on Thursday 9 October… Imagine I don't know a lot about classical music. How would you describe...

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Interview: Dhafer Youssef

Interview: Dhafer Youssef

By | April 23, 2014 at 11:31 am | 2 comments

We talk a little with spellbinding  oud master and vocalist Dhafer Youssef, who tells us about his latest album Birds Requiem and what to expect from its UK orchestral premiere with Kristjan Järvi and the LSO on Thursday 24 April.   There’s an interesting quote about...

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Interview: James Gaffigan

Interview: James Gaffigan

By | February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm | No comments

We catch up with James Gaffigan, the New Yorker currently serving as Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, after the first rehearsal ahead of his LSO debut on Thursday 13 February. He talks to us about the thrills and spills of being an international conductor, his...

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We talk to violist Antoine Tamestit

We talk to violist Antoine Tamestit

By | October 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm | No comments

Ahead of his concerts with the LSO in November, performing the famous solo role in Berlioz's Harold in Italy, we caught up with violist Antoine Tamestit to find out about his musical background and what he's looking forward to about performing with the LSO and Valery Gergiev....

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Gergiev on conducting Berlioz: ‘You throw yourself into the ocean of musical ideas’

Gergiev on conducting Berlioz: ‘You throw yourself into the ocean of musical ideas’

By | October 23, 2013 at 9:37 am | No comments

With the Orchestra now back from their travels to New York, the start of the LSO's next series with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev – a major exploration of the quintessentially Romantic composer Hector Berlioz – is just over a week away. Gergiev and the LSO will be...

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We talk Berlioz with Karen Cargill

We talk Berlioz with Karen Cargill

By | October 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm | No comments

Mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill will be joining the LSO and Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev for four concerts at the Barbican in October and November, plus a tour to Europe. As part of this autumn's Berlioz series, she'll be singing the composer's song cycle Les nuits d'été and...

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Bernard Haitink: the Modest Maestro

Bernard Haitink: the Modest Maestro

By | October 8, 2013 at 11:55 am | No comments

In the next few weeks the Orchestra is working with conductor Bernard Haitink and pianist Emanuel Ax, including concerts in London and New York. Working with Haitink is always eagerly anticipated by the LSO musicians, and we asked Sub-Principal Second Violin Sarah Quinn why...

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