PITTSBURGH – The exciting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki will make her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) when she conducts BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts showcasing violin superstar Leila Josefowicz and the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
The concerts will be on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. at Heinz Hall. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
The program will feature Igor Stravinsky’s Scherzo fantastique, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, as well as Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7 and Finlandia.
The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2010-2011 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the Official Automotive Group of the PSO. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO.
Susanna Mälkki has very quickly become a much sought-after artist on the international conducting circuit. Her versatility and broad repertoire have taken her to symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles and opera houses around the world. She is currently Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain, having been Artistic Director of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra until late 2005.
In recent seasons, Mälkki has conducted many prestigious orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. She has also worked with the Wiener Symphoniker and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Violinist Leila Josefowicz has won the hearts of audiences around the world with her honest, fresh approach to the repertoire and dynamic virtuosity.
Josefowicz came to national attention in 1994 when she made her Carnegie Hall debut with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and has since appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and eminent conductors. A regular, close collaborator of leading composers of the day such as John Adams and Oliver Knussen, she is a strong advocate of new music – a characteristic which is reflected in her diverse programs and her enthusiasm for premiering new works.