Leonard Elschenbroich, cello with Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas – Perimeter Institute

“Grynyuk's energy and Elschenbroich's sense of poetry are joyously to the fore. Exceptional.” - Guardian, May 2013

“Leonard Elschenbroich and Ukrainian-born pianist Alexie Grynyuk are breathing new life into the music. From the way they are themselves in the reverie at the start of the first movement. And so it proves. Those often-cited problems of establishing balance between the cello and piano never enter the equation here: this is a dialogue between two equal, complementary voices.” - Gramaphone, September 2013

Programme:

Beethoven's Anniversary 2020
All Beethoven Program: 5 piano sonatas

(The programme is subject to change.)


Biographies:

Described by the New York Times as “a musician of great technical prowess, intellectual curiosity and expressive depth”, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich performs as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras. He gave his Vienna Musikverein debut on a European Tour with the Staatskapelle Dresden, his US debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, his Asian debut at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and appears regularly at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms.

A committed performer of contemporary music, Elschenbroich has commissioned several new works from composers including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Luca Lombardi, Arlene Sierra and Suzanne Farrin. He gave the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s first Cello Concerto – written for him – with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall, and Brian Elias’ first Cello Concerto at the BBC Proms.

In 2012 he co-founded the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia, the first orchestra to perform a Mahler Symphony in the nation’s history. Elschenbroich returns to Bolivia on a regular basis to lead educational projects and develop the orchestra. This commitment led Elschenbroich to explore the field of conducting with various orchestras across Latin America and the UK. He gave his London conducting debut, leading The Telegraph to write “Elschenbroich gave a performance of Brahms’ 1st Symphony that at times touched the heights.”

Elschenbroich has worked with a number of eminent conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Mark Elder, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Kirill Karabits, Dmitri Kitajenko, Andrew Litton, Juanjo Mena, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Vasily Sinasiky, and Edo De Waart. As soloist he has performed with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Phiharmonic, the Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Swedish Radio Symphony, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has made five appearances at the BBC Proms.

Elschenbroich’s first three albums for Onyx Classics focused on 20th century Russian repertoire, from Rachmaninov to Schnittke. 2016 saw the release of “Siécle”, a portrait of a century of French music from Saint-Saëns to Dutilleux, recorded with the BBC Scottish Symphony. They have received 5-star reviews from The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Financial Times, as well as receiving Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. This year, he will release, After a decade worldwide performances of the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas together with Alexei Grynyuk, a recording will be released in 2019 for Onyx Classics, also available on vinyl.

His many awards include the Leonard Bernstein Award, Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk and Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. In 2012 he was named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, he was Artist-in-Residence of Deutschlandfunk for the 2014-2015 season, and Artist-in-Residence at the Philharmonic Society Bremen from 2013-2016.

Born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Elschenbroich received a scholarship, aged ten, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London. He later studied with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Academy.


He plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller "Leonard Rose" (Venice, 1693), on private loan.

Kiev-born pianist Alexei Grynyuk displayed tremendous interest in music from his early childhood and started performing at the age of six.
As a thirteen-year-old he was already appearing with Ukrainian orchestras playing Chopin and Mozart piano concertos as well as winning international prizes including the first prize at the very last All-Soviet-Union piano competition in Moscow named after Sergei Diaghilev.

Alexei Grynyuk performs throughout the world and in recital at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre in London, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Musica Sacra Festival in Netherlands, Duszniki Chopin Festival in Poland, Otono International Music Festival in Madrid, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other prestigious festivals and venues.  He has performed concertos with the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, Brighton Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra.  Forthcoming engagements include a U.S. concerto tour, a Japan recital tour, a tour with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and solo recitals at music festivals in Europe.

Grynyuk’s recitals have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Hessicher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, KRO4 Hilversum, Radio France and Netherlands, and televised appearances on Ukrainian, Chinese and Russian channels.  He commemorated Liszt's bi-centenary at a special concert in Kiev in 2012, performing the composer’s Sonata in B Minor followed by both piano concertos.  Later that year, his performance of the Sonata was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as a part of ‘Live in Concert’ series in which he portrayed Chopin and Liszt.  In 2013, Grynyuk released an all-Liszt album on the Orchid Classics label.