QSO presents… an unforgettable April

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra will deliver an unforgettable line up this April with performances by leading cellist Mischa Maisky, celebrated violinist Sarah Chang and a repeat performance of the sold out, Vivaldi vs Piazzolla.

Mischa Maisky makes a welcome return to Australia playing Dvořák’s famous Concerto under the baton of Yan Pascal Tortelier, in the second concert of QSO’s signature Maestro Series which sees the world’s great conductors and soloists perform live over 10 concerts this year.

Although he considers himself a citizen of the world, Maisky was born in Latvia and educated in Russia. He has been applauded in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Tokyo, along with the rest of the world’s great major music centres.

“I’m playing an Italian cello, with French and German bows, Austrian and German strings; my daughter was born in France; my oldest son in Belgium; the middle one in Italy and the youngest one in Switzerland; I’m driving a Japanese car; wear a Swiss watch; an Indian necklace and I feel at home everywhere where people appreciate and enjoy classical music,” he said.

Then, on April 12, the QSO will hold two performances of Vivaldi vs Piazzolla—a concert which joins Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Tango meets Baroque, and 18th century Venice blends with 20th century Buenos Aires, in this invigorating cocktail of musical styles. With the first performance now sold out, a second and final show at 11.30am has been released on the same day.

Finally, on Saturday 18 April, celebrated international violinist Sarah Chang will bring warmth and color to Bruch’s Violin Concerto as part of a harmonious alliance with conductor Jessica Cottis.

Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age eight—the day after she auditioned—Sarah has performed with orchestras and conductors across the world and collaborated with the most famous names in the business - Pinchas Zukerman, Wolfgang Sawallish, Yefim Bronfman, Leoif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, to name but a few.

Hailed in the UK music press as ‘the one to watch', conductor Jessica Cottis is fast gaining an international reputation as one of the most promising of the younger generation. She is currently Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra where she conducts the orchestra in over 30 concerts per year.

The grandiose solitude of Bruch’s Violin Concerto, along with Chen Qigang’s Enchantements oubliés, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5, are the perfect showpieces for this exciting collaboration between QSO, Sarah Chang and Jessica Cottis.

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