Kurtág's tribute to Pierre Boulez


Alexander Gavrylyuk, Pietari Inkinen, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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György Kurtág wrote Petite musique solennelle in 2015 to mark Pierre Boulez’ ninetieth birthday. Both composers have had a long association with the Holland Festival. Kurtág’s homage to the composer, who died last year, includes a prominent role for the French horns and percussion instruments. This Dutch premiere is being performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted for the first time by the young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen. The programme also includes ­another Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók and his Concerto for Orchestra, one of the highlights of the orchestral repertoire. The programme also features Igor Stravinsky’s Begrafenislied (Chant funèbre) opus 5 and Sergey Prokofiev’s concise First Piano Concerto, for which pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk plays again with the orchestra.


Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Begrafenislied (Chant funèbre) opus 5 (1908)

György Kurtág (1926)
Petite musique solennelle
– En hommage à Pierre Boulez 90 (2015)

Sergej Prokofjev (1891-1953)
Pianoconcert nr. 1 in Des gr.t., op. 10 (1912)


Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Concert voor orkest, Sz. 116 (1943)


Alexander Gavrylyuk (1984, Charkov, Ukraine) started taking piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1999, he won first prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition for Young Pianists and, as the youngest participant, first prize at the Hamamatsu Competition

a year later. He has since triumphed in all the great concert halls and has made solo appearances with the world’s leading orchestras. Gavrylyuk was named a Steinway Artist in 2003, and won the gold medal at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv two years later.
Gavrylyuk has made many guest appearances in the Master Pianists series at the Concertgebouw since 2009. He first appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2010 in acclaimed performances in Amsterdam and Rotterdam of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto under the direction of Mikhail Pletnev. He last performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in March 2013 in Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto and again in October 2014 in Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto.

Pietari Inkinen (1980, Finland) attended the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and graduated with diplomas in violin (2003) and conducting (2005). He has made guest appearances with many orchestras and opera companies. In September 2013, he conducted the Opera Australia production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, only the third ever to be performed in Australia, which garnered high praise in the international press. He was appointed chief conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in 2015, the year which also marked his eighth and final season as artistic director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, where he will serve as honorary guest conductor starting in 2016. During his tenure there, the Finnish conductor garnered great public and critical acclaim for his concert tours of New Zealand and for his CD recordings for Naxos and EMI. He is principal guest conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra with effect from the 2016–17 season, where he had previously served as principal guest conductor.
Pietari Inkinen will conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Holland Festival for the first time.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the very best orchestras in the world. The Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888. Critics have lauded its superb sound, which clearly stands out among thousands of others. With the effect from the 2016/2017 season, Daniele Gatti will be chief conductor. Serving before him in that capacity were Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Mariss Jansons. In 1988, the orchestra officially received the appellation ‘Royal’. In celebration of its 125th anniversary, in 2013 the orchestra undertook a world tour, visiting six continents in a single year. Between 2016 and 2018, all 28 member states of the European Union will be visited: RCO meets Europe.



Igor Stravinsky, György Kurtág, Sergej Prokofjev, Béla Bartók
performed by
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Pietari Inkinen
Alexander Gavrylyuk
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

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