Conductor Bernhard Gueller
Soloist: Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort (piano)
Gershwin An American in Paris
Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
Barber Adagio for Strings
Bernstein Symphonic Dances West Side Story
Principal guest conductor of the CPO and music director of Symphony Nova Scotia since 2003, Bernhard Gueller has long impressed audiences with the excitement he brings to the podium. Called ‘poet of phrasing’, ‘electrifying’ and ‘thrilling’ and noted for his ‘genius for underlining the momentum of a phrase”, his interpretations have been hailed as inspiring, dramatic and passionate. His CD of works by Canadian composer Tim Brady won Canada’s prestigious East Coast Music Award; a CD of orchestrated Schubert lieder was recently released. Recent collaborations include with violinists Joshua Bell and James Ehnes and singer Johan Botha.
With teachers such as Menahem Pressler, the pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort is a Steinway artists, and one of the leading new generation of pianists in Belgium. His prize at the 2002 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition lead to an international breakthrough, and he has since performed worldwide from Europe to America, Asia and in Durban. Since 2014 he has been guest professor at the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven and the following year was appointed artistic director of the festival “Klassiek Leeft Meesterlijk” in Knokke-Heist , an international summer festival focusing on the rich repertoire of chamber music. He has released six CDs.
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