Orchestre symphonique de Montréal presents

Osmo Vänskä and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5

This program celebrates Beethoven with two works that demonstrate his forward-looking artistic vision: the Fourth Piano Concerto and the towering Symphony no. 5, with its universally familiar opening motif. South Korean composer Unsuk Chin drew inspiration from Beethoven’s extreme and dramatic contrasts in her piece Subito con forza, while a serene glow envelops Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s Ciel d’hiver.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Osmo Vänskä, conductor

Osmo Vänskä is renowned for his irresistible interpretations of works from all eras and for his galvanizing stage presence. Musical Director of the Minnesota Orchestra for 19 years and of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2020, his democratic and inclusive working method has enabled him to establish lasting relationships with several orchestras. Highlights of his triumphant first season with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra included the inaugural and closing concerts of the Lotte Concert Hall festival and recordings of works by Isang Yun. He entered his second year with numerous concerts and community outreach projects. He gives a series of conducting seminars at the Curtis Institute, tours Europe and the United States, and mentors member conductors of the New World Symphony in Miami. Associated with the BIS label, Maestro Vänskä is currently recording the complete Mahler symphonies with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Su Yeon Kim, piano

Winner of the 2021 Concours musical international de Montréal
Young South Korean pianist Su Yeon Kim is described as “a refined, probing artist,” and her performances, as “thought-through, fully realized interpretation, the kind you’d expect from a veteran of the recital circuit.” (Bachtrack Magazine) She earned worldwide acclaim by winning first prize at the Concours musical international de Montréal in 2021. Her achievements also include first prizes at the J. N. Hummel International Piano Competition and Compositores de Espana Piano Competition, and second prize at the 2020 Mozart International Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and ensembles, and has been invited to perform at major international venues and festivals. Her first album is forthcoming (Steinway & Sons). After completing studies in Korea, she was mentored by Austrian pianist Paul Gulda. She pursued training with Pavel Gililov at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she currently resides.

Unsuk Chin, Subito con forza (5 min.)
Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major, op. 58 (34 min.)
Kaija Saariaho, Ciel d’hiver (11 min.)
Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67 (31 min.)

Tuesday, January 10 until Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Once purchased, you will be emailed a viewing link giving you access to the webcast, which will be available continuously starting on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 12:00pm to Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 11:59pm.

To purchase your ticket visit: www.osm.ca