The Winter Symphony Season of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s World Symphony Season.
The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra presents Winter Season 2019 – a string of four concerts conducted by Yasuo Shinozaki, Arjan Tien and Robert Moody. Each concert features international soloists.
Shinozaki has an international reputation for his emotionally direct style of music making and his musical knowledge. Born in Japan, he studied in Vienna, Siena and the United States under Leopold Hager, Myung-Whun Chung, Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink. Yasuo Shinozaki first came to prominence on the international scene in Finland, winning the Second International Sibelius Conducting Competition in 2000. He then spent three successful years as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he conducted an unprecedented number of concerts and engaged in the education and community events and the LA Philharmonic New Music Group.
CONCERT 1: 22, 23 & 24 May
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki
Soloist: Edith Peña, piano
A nominee for Best Classical Album at the 2016 Latin Grammy Awards, Venezuelan born Edith Peña was born in, started her musical education with Lyl Tiempo at the age of four years old. Four years later she played her debut as soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonica Venezuela, the following year she moved to Philadelphia and played her debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She studied with Susan Starr and later with Sergei Babayan in Cleveland.
Concert 2: 29 & 30 May
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki
Soloist: Alexander Ramm, cello
Alexander Ramm’s game combines qualities such as virtuosity, deep insight into the composer’s intent, emotional, respect for the sound production and artistic individuality. He is a silver medal winner of at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 2015) and the Beijing International Competition and the First All-Russian Music Competition. Alexander Ramm is currently the first and so far the only representative of Russia who has become a laureate of one of the most prestigious cello competitions of the Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki (2013).
Concert 3: 5 & 6 June
Conductor: Arjan Tien
Soloist: Sodi Braide, piano
Born of Nigerian parents in Newcastle (United Kingdom), Sodi Braide started playing the piano at the age of 3. He continued his musical studies in Nigeria and then in France, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris with Jacques Rouvier and Gerard Fremy, and at the Ecole Normale, Paris with Françoise Thinat. He was admitted into the class of Dmitri Bashkirov at the Reina Sofia School, Madrid, before being granted residency at the prestigious Lake Como Piano Foundation where he took part in masterclasses by musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Andreas Staier and Alicia de Larrocha amongst others.
Concert 4: 12 & 13 June
Conductor: Robert Moody
Soloist: Ye-Eun Choi, violin
Violinist Ye-Eun Choi is defined by her dynamic sound, rich with vibrant timbre, sensitivity and nuance. Her lyricism and virtuosity have earned her acclaim for her engagements as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Munich-based Ye-Eun Choi was born in Seoul and made her orchestral debut at age 10 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, she moved to Munich to study with Ana Chumachenco at the Hochschule für Musik and Theater.
Where: Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, Parktown, Johannesburg
When: 7.30pm Every Wed & Thur | Special concert on Friday 24 May at 7.30pm | Concessions for pensioners and students.