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Benedetti strings along with the Deutsches Symphonie

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is joining hands with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti to stage a concert at Shanghai Oriental Art Center on October 19.

Conducted by Robin Ticciati, who is also the orchestra’s musical director, the concert will present Richard Strauss’ “Don Juan,” Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26” and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 in D Major.”

Since its founding in 1946, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin has been recognized throughout the world under the lead of some of the finest musical directors, such as: Ferenc Fricsay, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Ticciati took the baton in 2017 at the age of 31 and demonstrated the enormous breadth of his proficiency and the bond between him and the orchestra.

“Control and trust” is how he describes his relation with the orchestra.

“You don’t need decorations when it’s unnecessary,” Ticciati said about his conducting skills.

“You need to know when to leave space for music and let it take the lead. Don’t drown in cantus, but try to find its meaning and the right pace.”

The young Briton with Italian roots has previously conducted renowned orchestras including the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Vienna Symphony. Tours with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin have led Ticciati through Europe to Asia. The 36-year-old was awarded an OBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honors in June.

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin has been referred to as “orchestral think tank” by German media, alluding to the rich dramaturgy of its concert programs, as well as the orchestra’s commitment to contemporary music and its courage in exploring unusual music conveying formats.

In Shanghai, the orchestra will be partnering Benedetti, one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation.

The 32-year-old’s ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate of classical music, has made her one of the most influential artists of the day.

Benedetti enjoys working with world-class orchestras, including collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. She was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, and became the youngest ever recipient.

Date: October 19, 7:30pm

Tickets: 80-1,080 yuan

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Address: 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong New Area


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