Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8 PM
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3 PM
Vladimir Kulenovic, Guest Conductor
- TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1in B-flat minor
Federico Colli, piano
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor
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Meet Vladimir Kulenovic
Designated “Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music” (2015) by the distinguished Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein, Vladimir Kulenovic is currently in his fourth season as Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony. Recent winner of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, one of the most prestigious conducting honors in the United States, he has taken his place as one of the finest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. Having concluded four seasons as Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Mr. Kulenovic has also served as assistant conductor with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic/Serbia, and as Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Festival/Japan.
Mr. Kulenovic’s U.S. guest conducting engagements include the symphonies of Alabama, Chicago, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Houston, Illinois, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, San Francisco, South Bend, and Utah, as well as the Louisville Orchestra and the philharmonic orchestras of Naples (Florida) and Oklahoma City. During the 2018/2019 season, he will return to the Round Top Festival and appear with the Winston-Salem Symphony.
Worldwide, Vladimir Kulenovic has conducted the Basque National Orchestra/Spain, Beethoven-Orchester/Bonn, Leipziger Symphonie Orchester, Malaysia Philharmonic, Minas Gerais Philharmonic/Brazil, National Arts Centre Orchestra/Ottawa, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco/Mexico, Romanian State Philharmonic, Slovenia Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, Macedonian Philharmonic, and the Macedonian National Opera.
In 2012, Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship and the position of conducting assistant with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, where he worked closely with his long time mentor, the late Kurt Masur. He has also served as a cover conductor with the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony, where he has assisted many illustrious conductors, including Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, Sir Andrew Davis, and Marin Alsop. Vladimir Kulenovic holds graduate diplomas in conducting from both The Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute.
Meet Federico Colli
"If anyone had arrived at the concert wondering why Federico Colli had won the Salzburg Mozart Competition and the Gold Medal at The Leeds, their wondering would have turned to just plain wonder after only a few bars of hearing him play." (W. Ruff, Nottingham Post).
After the First Prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the winning with Gold Medal at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, he has been performing in prestigious concerts with the London Philharmonia Orchestra under A. Chauhan, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn under H. Beissel (Konzerthaus in Berlin, Herkulessaal in Munich, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, NDR Landesfunkhaus in Hannover, Beethovenhalle in Bonn) and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Y. Temirkanov (Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan, Auditorium Lingotto in Turin), at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under J. Hattori, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the South Netherlands Philharmonic under E. Spanjaard, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under J. Valcuha, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St. Petersburg with the Mariinsky Orchestra under V. Gergiev, Royal Albert Hall in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under A. Nethsingha and Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under J. Kaspszyk. The debut at the Barbican Hall in London, playing Rachmaninov no. 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under S. Oramo, was particularly appreciated. "Played with formidable delicacy by Federico Colli with limpid tone and calligraphic phrasing, it’s a Valentino kiss this work. Cool, a little sad, unhurried, elegant. But Federico Colli takes care to seduce before sweeping the listener off his or her feet." (A. Picard, The Times).
He has also had a great success of audience and critics at the Musikverein in Vienna, Nikkei Hall, Bunka Kaikan Hall and Musashino Cultural Hall in Tokyo, Salle Cortot in Paris, Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague, City Hall Concert Hall in Hong Kong, Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Teatro Sociedad Filarmonica in Bilbao. To coincide with his debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, a solo CD produced by Champs Hill Records has been submitted, featuring works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Mussorgsky. "Federico Colli's captivating ability to illuminate even the most densely packed musical terrain emerges as a structure of supreme logic." (J. Haylock, BBC Music Magazine).
Highlights in 2018 include concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Janáčkova Filharmonie Ostrava, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano and Mariinsky Orchestra. He has shared the stage with M. Argerich, V. Ashkenazy, N. Freire, L. Kavakos and L. Lang, also appearing as cover star on the magazines Suonare News and Pianist. Born in Brescia in 1988, he has been studying at the Milan Conservatory, Imola International Piano Academy and Salzburg Mozarteum under the guidance of S. Marengoni, K. Bogino, B. Petrushansky and P. Gililov. He was awarded with the "Grosso d'argento" for having given international prestige to his hometown.
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