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London Symphony Orchestra

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Dates 22 Nov 2014

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Experience one of the world’s finest orchestras led by Russia’s greatest living conductor.

“...the London Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s most distinguished ensembles, conducted by a roster of the illustrious and reliably offering unhackneyed repertoire.” - THE SUNDAY TIMES

“The LSO played with huge virtuosity and it was undeniably exciting.” - THE GUARDIAN

The London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its Principal Conductor, maestro Valery Gergiev, commences its highly anticipated tour to Australia with a debut performance at the Queensland Performing Art Centre.

QPAC welcomes the LSO as part of its ongoing program of international orchestras, which gives Brisbane audiences the opportunity to experience the skill and artistry of the greatest ensembles live.

With the LSO comes the exceptionally talented pianist Denis Matsuev playing music from the passionate cultural heart of Russia.

The program is a roller-coaster ride through the emotions. First up, love, as piano powerhouse Matsuev performs Rachmaninov’s overwhelmingly romantic Piano Concerto No. 2, most famous as the theme to the 1945 movie Brief Encounter.

Then a maelstrom of emotions, from hate, fear and anger to sorrow and consolation, as Shostakovich paints a vicious and thrilling portrait of Joseph Stalin in his Tenth Symphony.

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2 Denis Matsuev, piano
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.10




Formed in 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra has become an icon in the world of classical music. The roll call of its conductors reads as a who’s who of the legendary maestros, including Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the late great Claudio Abbado and Sir Colin Davis. The places it has appeared, the works it has played, the great artists who have performed with this illustrious ensemble almost tells a history of the twentieth-century in music. Its work in the recording studio and playing on movie soundtracks make it perhaps the most heard orchestra in history. If you’ve ever seen a Star Wars movie, if you know the tune to Harry Potter or loved The King’s Speech, then you’ve experienced the magical sound of the London Symphony Orchestra.

But the LSO is more than just a noble tradition; it boasts some of the world’s most adventurous musicians. The Orchestra is renowned for having the largest education program of any orchestra in Britain; it is a pioneer in the field of digital music, launching the first YouTube Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and being one of the very first Orchestra’s to own its own recording label and to have its entire catalogue on iTunes. The LSO has toured to almost every continent in the world; and in 2012 it performed to a live audience of 4 billion across the globe at The Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

You’ve almost certainly heard the London Symphony Orchestra in the cinema and on TV, but unless you have heard this ensemble live, in glorious technicolour, you’re missing out. It will be an experience you will never forget.




“It felt for all the world as if the music were being emitted directly by the mysterious shimmering of the conductor’s fingertips.” - The Guardian (UK), 2013

He’s been described as ‘volatile’, ‘driven’ and ‘possessed’. He conducts with a toothpick and a feverish shiver of the hands. He’s renowned for taking risks to find unexpected insights into classic works. Valery Gergiev is one of the world’s most electrifying musical personalities.

Valery Gergiev was appointed Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra after triumphant performances of the complete Prokofiev symphonies in the composer’s 2004 centenary year. It was one of the most talked about conductor appointments in classical music leading to a musical exploration of the Russian repertoire unparalleled in music-making today.

Valery Gergiev has been the Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the Kirov) in St Petersburg since 1988. In his 25 years with the Mariinsky he has taken the ballet, opera, and orchestra ensembles to more than 45 countries and championed the construction of a new state-of-the-art concert hall and theatre making it the centre of Russian culture.

Gergiev is founder and artistic director of St Peterburg’s famous summer festival, the Stars of the White Nights. He also heads the New Horizons Festival, Moscow Easter Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival and the Red Sea Classical Music Festival in Eilat, Israel.

Beyond his work on the podium Gergiev is a passionate cultural leader with many positions in the broader music community including Chair of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the St Petersburg State University .

Above all, he is a thrilling musician; one seasoned LSO violinist has described his performances as being like "driving a Formula One car, trying to hold the bend". With Gergiev on the podium, it’s a wild ride.




"Absolute powerhouse of a pianist” - Washington Post

Charismatic, flamboyant, with breathtaking technical facility and a big heart, Denis Matsuev is regarded as one of the great pianists of the moment.

Matsuev was born in the Siberian city of Irkutsk on the shores of Lake Baikal, and trained in Moscow. He shot to fame when he won the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, at the age of just 23. That was in 1998, and ever since his star has just kept rising.

Matsuev is in demand as a soloist with the world's most renowned orchestras, from the New York and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras to the London Symphony and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras, to Japan’s NHK Symphony, and the Israel and Helsinki philharmonics. He also appears regularly with legendary Russian orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mariinsky and the Russian National Orchestra.

"The Siberian Bear”, as he is sometimes known, is also a frequent guest of the world’s great concert halls and festivals, giving performances at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival in Great Britain, the Chopin Festival in Poland and Stars of the White Nights Festival in Russia.


Most recently, he performed at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.




“The impact of the startling concert by the London Symphony Orchestra pinned one back by the ears.” - The Telegraph (UK), 2013

"Everywhere you listened to this great orchestra, there was an almost insane degree of connections and transferences of energy to be heard." - Classical Source, Feb 2014

‘this was a performance full of fire and fantasy.’ - Classical Source, Nov 2013

‘a performance so immediately responsive to the conductor's intentions that it felt for all the world as if the music were being emitted directly by the mysterious shimmering of the conductor's fingertips.’ - The Guardian, Nov 2013

‘There was crystal precision too, strikingly apparent in the first yearning phrases and the whiplash attack whenever Berlioz’s passions boiled over.’ - The Times, Nov 2013

‘The LSO played with huge virtuosity and it was undeniably exciting.’ - The Guardian, Nov 2013

‘In any setting, the LSO's sound remains distinctive: bright, incisive and making its impact through precision more than mere loudness. This last point was especially true in Prokofiev's Classical Symphony. Valery Gergiev conducted a gleeful, balletic account which more than usually brought out the symphony's wit.’ - The Guardian, Aug 2011

Denis Matsuev, the fast-rising young Russian pianist, made his Philharmonic debut in the Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, which usually comes across as a perky work alive with jazzy energy and ornate piano writing. But Mr. Matsuev, wielding his athletic virtuosity and steely power, gave a chiseled, hard-driving yet transparent performance, matched in character and cool brilliance by Mr. Gergiev and the orchestra. The ovation was enormous, so Mr. Matsuev played an encore, showing his delicate side in a gently tinkling account of Liadov’s “Music Box.” - The New York Times

"...Matsuev’s pianism has heroic force and finely calibrated control…” - The Independent



Enjoy a VIP evening with a Platinum Experience. This package includes a premium ticket plus the chance to rub shoulders with the members of the Orchestra at the private post-performance function. Platinum Experience packages are limited and guaranteed to sell fast.

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