Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) presents

Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion

The OSM is thrilled to welcome internationally renowned pianists Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan in Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion, whose performance showcases OSM percussionists Serge Desgagnés and Andrei Malashenko. Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu also presents Prokofiev’s celebrated suite from Romeo and Juliet, as well as Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, written in homage to Claude Debussy.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Hannu Lintu, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov – Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year – has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world, as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “He has everything and more … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” marveled pianist Martha Argerich. With Transcendental, the Liszt collection that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018. As The Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”

Sergei Babayan, piano

The meditative focus and rare stillness of Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan’s keyboard artistry prompted the Hamburger Abendblatt to liken him to “one of those Japanese calligraphers who contemplate the white page before them in silence until, at the exact right moment, their brush makes its instinctive, perfect sweep across the paper”. Babayan himself has observed that making music should be open to surprises and spontaneous insights, allowing unexpected emotions to emerge and subtle shadings to evolve naturally.

Serge Desgagnés, percussion

Serge Desgagnés, principal percussionist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, has been with the orchestra since 1997.

Andrei Malashenko, percussion

Andrei Malashenko has been the principal timpanist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 1999.

Stravinsky, Symphonies of Wind Instruments (12 min.)
Bartók, Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 115 (25 min.)
Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet, Suite (40 min.)

Maison symphonique
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 7:30pm

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