The orchestras unveil their 2022 star-studded concert program

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The orchestras unveil their 2022 star-studded concert program

Poster for the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) Season 1 2022 program / Courtesy of SPO
Poster for the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) Season 1 2022 program / Courtesy of SPO


By Park Ji-won

Amid the pandemic entering its third year, Korean orchestras have recruited foreign conductors as musical directors, roles that have long been occupied by Korean nationals. Chung Myung-whun, for example, has served in the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) for nine years since 2006 and Chung Chi-yong has served in the Korea Symphony Orchestra for four years since 2018.

Hoping to fill more seats at their concerts, the KBS Symphony Orchestra has appointed Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen, who will lead the broadcaster’s musical organization from January, and the Korean Symphony Orchestra (KSO) has named Belgian chef David Reiland. Finnish Music Director Osmo Vanska replaced Chung in 2020 as SPO’s Music Director and will lead the organization until 2022.

As the New Year approaches, local orchestras have unveiled their programs for next year, which include numerous performances featuring foreign virtuosos and renowned performers.

The SPO will kick off next year with requiems in January.

Vanska will conduct concerts in collaboration with the greatest musicians. The SPO has invited several world-renowned conductors and musicians. In February, for example, Tung-Chieh Chuang, Taiwanese conductor winner of the 2015 Malko Competition for Young Conductors, will conduct the orchestra with Swedish trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger. In July, Kim Eun-sun, the musical director of the San Francisco Opera, the first Korean to take the helm, will conduct the orchestra as conductor in July.

Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer, who has been the main guest conductor of the SPO since 2017, will conduct four concerts in June.

Conductor Aziz Shokhakimov, Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Sarast, German conductor Marc Albrecht and French conductor Sylvain Cambreling will conduct the orchestra from August and December respectively.

In March and April, Vanska will collaborate with Augustin Hadelich, a Grammy-winning Italian-American violinist and the musician who was named SPO’s featured artist in 2022 with Hakan Hardenberger, a Swedish trumpeter. Vanska will perform with Grammy-winning violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill on May 19-20. Kirill Gerstein, a concert pianist whose achievements span the worlds of classical and jazz music, will perform in April with Vanska. Russian pianist Andrei Korobeinikov will collaborate with the SPO in September.

Poster for the 2022 program of the KBS Symphony Orchestra / Courtesy of KBS Symphony Orchestra
Poster for the 2022 program of the KBS Symphony Orchestra / Courtesy of KBS Symphony Orchestra


For the KBS orchestra, Inkinen will conduct the orchestra only six times and pass the baton to other conductors while emphasizing Finnish musicians and violin pieces as well as large orchestral pieces. such as Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 7” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.”

Russian pianist Yulianna Andreevna Avdeeva, winner of the Chopin Competition in 2010, will collaborate with the KBS orchestra in January, opening the orchestra’s new season.

Alan Gilbert, who conducted the New York Philharmonic, will conduct the KBS Symphony Orchestra in July, which is his first time conducting a Korean orchestra.

Austro-Iranian cellist Kian Soltani will perform with the orchestra conducted by Gilbert in July. Russian and Belgian violinist Vadim Viktorovich Repin and French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet will perform in February and June respectively.


















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