Tuesday 27 July 2021

Liverpool welcomes new chief conductor Domingo Hindoyan for his first season

Domingo Hindoyan rehearsing, 20 June 2021 (Photo Brian Roberts)
Domingo Hindoyan rehearsing, 20 June 2021 (Photo Brian Roberts)

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has a new chief conductor. After leading the orchestra for 15 years, Vasily Petrenko has stepped down and become conductor laureate with Domingo Hindoyan as the new chief conductor whose first season, 2021/22 has just been announced. 

Hindoyan launches the season with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and follows this with an intriguing mixture of waltzes by Strauss (Richard!) and Ravel plus dance-music from Falla and Granados. Throughout the season Hindoyan's concerts mix blockbusters, the unusual and a Latin-American strand inspired by his native Venezuala. He is joined by fellow Venezuelan musicians’ trumpeter Pacho Flores and Venezuelan cuatro (small guitar) player Leónidas Rondón for music including the European premiere of a new concerto for trumpet by Paquito D’Rivera and a work by Flores himself.

Alongside Brahms (with local boy, pianist Stephen Hough), Bruckner, Mahler, Schumann, Mozart, Sibelius, Nielsen, Ravel and Rachmaninov, there will also be Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle with soloists Jennifer Johnston and Károly Szemerédy, and the UK premiere of Edmund FinnisActs of Waves. Hindoyan's wife is the soprano Sonya Yoncheva, and she joins her husband for Giuseppe Martucci's song cycle La Canzone dei Ricordi (The Song of Remembrance).

Other visitors include principal guest conductor Andrew Manze, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason as young artist in residence and baritone Roderick Williams as artist in residence. Female guest conductors include Marta Gardolińska, Alexandra Dunn, Elena Schwarz, Rebecca Tong, Sarah Hicks, Ellie Slorach, Jeannette Sorrell, Nil Vendetti and Gemma New. 

Amongst the 15 world premieres in the season there are eight new works by female composers including music by Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Katherine Balch, Grace-Evangeline Mason, and Tansy Davies plus Amy Beach's Symphony No 2 ‘Gaelic’. 

And of course there is much, much more. Full details at the orchestra's website.

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