the concert will finish at 9.30 pm
Mozart. Schubert: A Talent Forever Young
Child prodigies, geniuses forever young, composers with unusually extensive artistic output. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert never met in Vienna, however Julian Rachlin will bring them together on the stage in the seventh subscription concert. Among the more than forty Mozart symphonies, No.41 ‘Jupiter’ is probably the most popular. Paradoxically, it originated during a difficult situation in Mozart’s life, and without prospect of being performed. Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony attracts attention not only for its musical qualities, it also inspired the endlessly discussed dilemma whether its two-movement form was intentional, or the result of an unexpected and unexplained disruption of the creative process. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major will complement the programme, the emotional depth and surprising sonority of the piece has often led to it being described as the best work of Mozart’s Salzburg period. The soloists’ parts in this extraordinary composition will be played by the conductor-violinist Julian Rachlin and the viola player Sarah McElravy.
Julian Rachlin plays Johann Sebastian Bach
Sarah McElravy — viola
The Canadian Sarah McElravy plays both the violin and the viola. Alongside her solo career, which has included working with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists conducted by Yuri Bashmet and her very rewarding collaboration with the violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin, she is also a prominent chamber musician. She has worked with Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Itamar Golan, Mischa Maisky and Daniel Müller-Schott. Her Linden String Quartet was successful at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was awarded a residency at Yale University. Sarah McElravy has performed before audiences at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Vienna’s Musikverein and at prestigious festivals — the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, La Folle Journée in Japan and the Turku Music Festival in Finland. In 2014 she founded the Chamber Music Society Mexico, which in addition to concerts also organizes educational programmes of talented young Mexican musicians.
Julian Rachlin — violin, conductor
The violinist, violist and conductor Julian Rachlin is undoubtedly a true celebrity in the world of classical music. A pupil of Pinchas Zukerman, he won the Eurovision Competition in 1988, and at the age of thirteen was the youngest ever soloist to debut with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Riccardo Muti. Since then he has built a truly global career, which has included working with Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Myung-Whun Chung, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta and many other international conductors. Several composers have dedicated their works to him, including Krzysztof Penderecki. His recordings have been produced by leading international labels such as Sony Classical, WarnerClassics and Deutsche Grammophon. Today he divides his time between his career as a soloist and a conductor. He is the principal guest conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor he has toured Europe with the English Chamber Orchestra and has worked with the Royal Philharmonic in Liverpool, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. He first performed with the PKF — Prague Philharmonia at Prague Spring 2018 as part of his artist in residence. He is the director of the festival Julian Rachlin & Friends in Palma de Mallorca and has his own concert series at Vienna’s Musikverein. Alongside his many artistic activities he also devotes himself to charity work and educational programmes. In 2010 he was chosen as a UNICEF ambassador and a member of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum. He plays a Stradivarius “ex Liebig” from 1704.