The Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini has announced its first full season under new Principal Conductor Alpesh Chauhan. Throughout 2017/18, Alpesh and the orchestra will perform some of the great symphonic works, welcome world-class soloists and continue to celebrate the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini’s role as one of Italy’s leading symphony orchestras.
Alpesh made his debut with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in March 2015, when he stepped in at late notice to conduct two concerts. Following an immediate re-invitation for the following January and a seven-concert summer tour, Alpesh was declared “a phenomenon” and “a genuine talent” (La Repubblica Parma). He was announced as Principal Conductor Designate in September 2016.
The coming season builds upon the three programmes that Alpesh has undertaken with the orchestra in this current season (including Sibelius’s first symphony, a Stravinsky-Mozart programme and Bruckner’s ninth). Highlights from Alpesh’s first season as Principal Conductor will include the opening concert on 3 November 2017, which features Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, two performances of the cycle of Brahms’s Symphonies in January 2018, and a Rachmaninov/Shostakovich programme in February. Renowned British pianist Stephen Hough joins the orchestra for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 on 11 and 12 May, followed by performances of Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Mahler’s Symphony No.1 later in the month.
Speaking about the season, Alpesh commented: “I am so very pleased and excited to announce our first full season - both for my programmes and the programmes of the visiting guests (who this season include the renowned pianist Krystian Zimerman and Ton Koopman). The season is formed around the theme of piano concertos and I am pleased to be working with the incredible Stephen Hough on Brahms’ First and with Enrico Pace on Rachmaninov’s Third. I particularly look forward to deepening and strengthening our relationship and growing the orchestra’s repertoire while also having the chance to learn very much from such an orchestra with the repertoire where they already feel at home. Further highlights for me include Mahler’s First, Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Shostakovich’s Tenth and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.”
Alpesh joined the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008 to study the cello with Eduardo Vassallo before pursuing the prestigious Master’s Conducting Course. In 2013, he was announced as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s first Conducting Fellow, and was later appointed Assistant Conductor of the orchestra. Now just 27 years old, Alpesh is quickly rising to international prominence.
Ahead of his new position in Parma, he will conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Benevolent Fund concert with Nicola Benedetti and two performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Other recent performance highlights include concerts with Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Opéra National Lorraine, Ulster Orchestra, Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, his US debut with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and his opera debut at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.Alpesh has also conducted numerous BBC Radio 3 live broadcasts and the BBC Philharmonic in the BAFTA-winning ‘Ten Pieces Secondary’ film, before taking the project to the BBC Proms.