Manfred Symphony, Friday 1 May at 1.00pm, Royal Academy of Music

Symphony No.5, Thursday 7 May at 7.30pm, London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican

This spring, Semyon Bychkov will be in London to conduct two programmes featuring the work of Tchaikovsky – a performance of the Manfred Symphony at the Royal Academy of Music, and on Tchaikovsky’s 175th birthday, a performance of Symphony No. 5 at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Although Tchaikovsky’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies are very much part of Bychkov’s repertoire - Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 was the work that Bychkov chose to conduct for his 60th Birthday concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, and more recently he returned to conduct the Orchestra in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 – this will be the first time that Bychkov will have conducted Tchaikovsky’s symphonic repertoire in London.

In 2006, Bychkov conducted The Queen of Spades at Covent Garden, and later this year, he will return to conduct six performances of Eugene Onegin. Bychkov’s 1993 recording of Eugene Onegin was one of the first projects that he undertook as Music Director of Orchestre de Paris, and still remains in the catalogue. The recording won the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Académie du disque français, Académie du disque lyrique Bruno Walter Prize, and in 2002 was named by Opera magazine as one of the ’30 all-time Great Opera Recordings’.

Since he first worked with the Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music in 2009, Semyon Bychkov has returned annually developing a strong relationship with the students. He now holds the title of Otto Klemperer Chair of Conducting, and has recently been awarded Honorary Membership. The Royal Academy of Music has been at the forefront of musical education in the UK and the ultimate training ground for some of the world’s most distinguished musicians for close to 200 years.

Bychkov made his debut with the LSO in March 2010, and has since returned on a regular basis. For his programme in May, and prior to the performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 Bychkov will conduct Brahms’s Violin Concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust.


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