Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Jun Märkl, conductor
Giora Schmidt, violin
Friday, October 12, 2018, 8 p.m.
Morgan Concert Hall
Atlanta favorite Jun Märkl leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in an evening of stunning French music packed with velvety-rich harmonies and exquisite orchestral craftsmanship. Opening the performance is Berlioz’ dramatic and brilliantly rousing Overture to Benvenuto Cellini followed by Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5 featuring violinist Giora Schmidt in his Atlanta Symphony debut. The program closes with Ravel’s Daphnis et Choloé, described by Beatles producer George Martin as “a swelling of sound that is just breathtaking” when placing the work at the top of his list of essentials on BBC’s “Desert Island Discs.”
ProgramHector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
Violin Concerto No. 5
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet)
Jun Märkl, conductor
Jun Märkl has long been known as a highly respected interpreter of the core Germanic repertoire from both the symphonic and operatic traditions, and more recently for his refined and idiomatic explorations of the French impressionists. His long-standing relationships at the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Semperoper Dresden have in recent years been complemented by his Music Directorships of the Orchestre National de Lyon (2005-11) and MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig (to 2012).
From 2014-17 seasons, he is Principal Conductor to the Basque National Orchestra. He guests with the World's leading Orchestra, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchstra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Märkl works regularly with may of the North American Orchestra -- St. Lois, Atlanta , Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston and Vancouver, among others. Märkl has been a regular guest at the State Opera of Vienna, Munich and Semper Oper Dresden, and was until 2005 Permanent Conductor of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
In 2014 Naxos released two Hosokawa discs recorded by Jun Märkl with Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also recorded the complete Schumann symphonies live with the NHL Symphony, Dvořák on Telarc, Mendelssohn and D'a;bert with MDR, and Ravel, Messaien and a highly acclaimed nine-disc Debussy set with the Orchestre National de Lyon on Naxos. Presently he is recvording a cycle of works of Saint Saens and Hosokawa for Naxos. In recognition of his achievements in Lyon, he was honored by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012 with the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Giora Schmidt, violin
Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as "impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm," violinist Giora Schmidt has appeared with many prominent symphony orchestras around the globe including Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Canada's National Arts Centre, Toronto, Vancouver and the Israel Philharmonic. He made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony.
In recital and chamber music, Giora (pronounced ghee-OH-rah) has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, San Francisco Performances, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Tokyo's Musashino Cultural Hall. Festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, the Santa Fe and Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, Bard Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music and Music Academy of the West. He has collaborated with eminent musicians including Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum and Michael Tree.
Born in Philadelphia in 1983 to professional musicians from Israel, Giora began playing the violin at the age of four. He has studied with Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music, and Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, Giora was on the faculty of the Juilliard School and the Perlman Music Program from 2005-2009. He was appointed Associate Visiting Professor of Violin at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music in August 2017. Through technology and social media he continues to find new ways of reaching young violinists and music lovers around the world. His Facebook page (facebook.com/gioraschmidt) has over 70,000 global followers.
Giora was the First Prize winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition in 2000, the recipient of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2005 won the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award. From 2004-2006 he was selected to be a Starling Fellow at the Juilliard School.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 72nd season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging.
The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings. The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region. Since September 2001, the Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings, and visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert, the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience. Another example is the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects Mr. Spano, and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. Since the beginning of his tenure (to date), Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed over 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres.
During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and Chorus has recorded more than 100 albums and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances which also features educational and community concerts. A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary American music, the Orchestra recently received the 2007 award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. In addition, Music Director Robert Spano was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year. With the opening of the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com) in May 2008, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to annually perform and present in its concert hall, and in two amphitheaters. In Summer 2008, the Orchestra celebrated 35 years at legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater, the award-winning 6,500 seat venue in Atlanta, during the Orchestra’s annual Delta Classic Chastain concert series.