Orchestre symphonique de Montréal presents

Beethoven “Heroic”

Shostakovitch, Violin Concerto no. 1 in A minor, op. 77 (approx. 39 min.)
Beethoven, Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55, “Heroic” (approx. 47 min.)

Discover to what extent the political context surrounding a work can influence its composition. Shostakovich, censored by the Communist Party, and Beethoven, who esteemed Napoleon Bonaparte highly only to be bitterly disappointed by him, created powerful and evocative works. And who better than Vadim Repin, regarded by Yehudi Menuhin as the “most perfect violinist” he had ever heard, to captivate an audience?

Orchestre symphonique de Montreal,
Kent Nagano, conductor
Vadim Repin, violin

Born in Siberia in 1971, Vadim Repin was eleven when he won the gold medal in all age categories in the Wienawski Competition and gave his recital debuts in Moscow and St Petersburg. At 14 he made his debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Helsinki;  a year later in Carnegie Hall. At 17 he was the youngest ever winner of the Reine Elisabeth Concours.

Since then he has performed with all the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. Among the highlights of his career in the past few seasons have been tours with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, the NHK Orchestra and Dutoit;  a tour of Australia with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and acclaimed premières in London, Philadelphia, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw of the violin concerto written for him by James MacMillan, culminating in a BBC Prom at the sold out  Royal Albert Hall.

In 2010 he received the Victoire d’Honneur, France’s most prestigious musical award for a lifetime’s dedication to music, and became Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Following master classes and concerts in Beijing in December 2014 he was awarded an honorary professorship of the Central Conservatory of Music, and in 2015 an honorary professorship of the Shanghai Conservatory.

Vadim Repin plays on the 1733 ‘Rode’ violin by Stradivari.

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