|Wiener Symphoniker, Simone Young, Austria, 2014|
Tour Dates: 29 May - 8 June, 2014
As Vienna's cultural ambassador and premier concert orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker handles the lion's share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the city.
As Vienna’s cultural ambassador and premier concert orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker handles the lion’s share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the Austrian capital. The preservation of the traditional, Viennese orchestral sound occupies a central place in the orchestra’s various artistic pursuits.
Conductor: Simone Young
Australian-born Simone Young is internationally recognised as one of the leading conductors of her generation. In August 2005 she took up the post of General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Music Director of the Philharmonic State Orchestra.
Violin Soloist: Mengla Huang
One of the most respected violinists in China, Mengla Huang occupies a unique position in a land brimming with astonishing talents. Huang came to international attention after taking first prize at the prestigious Premio Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy in 2002, where he was also awarded with the Renato De Barbieri Memorial Award for the best interpretation of Paganini's Caprices, and the Mario Ruminelli Memorial Award.
Since then, his brilliant technique and unique interpretations have fascinated audiences throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He has performed with many of the world's finest orchestras including the Dresden Staatskapelle, Bamberg, Danish National, Norrköping, Singapore, Sendai, NHK, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, the Luxembourg, Nice, Czech, Belgrade, Osaka, Kyoto, Japan, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, and in his native land the China National, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, among many others.
Conductors with whom he has collaborated include names such as Neeme Järvi, Jonathan Nott, Mario Venzago, Henrik Schaefer, Muhai Tang, Nicola Luisotti, Edo de Waart, Nikolaj Znaider, Jahja Ling, Jia Lü, Ryusuke Numajiri, Thomas Dausgaard, and Tovey Bramwell.
In April 2007, Huang gave his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and his Boston debut at the Jordan Hall, and the following year toured both Asia and Italy, debuting at Dvorak Hall during the 63rd Prague Spring Festival in May. He capped the year with an invitation to perform at the grand opening gala of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
Last season saw further debuts and honours, including a featured performance at the 'Paganini Festival' in Taiwan, engagements with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Macao Orchestra, a Japan tour with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and a China tour with the Basel Symphony Orchestra. At the beginning of 2011, he initiated cooperation with the renowned Dresden Staatskapelle and toured together in China. Then his tour with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was marked as the prelude of 2011/12 season.
Born after 1980s in Shanghai, Mengla Huang passed his educational years with three great violinists in three most prestigious musical institutions and achieved his degrees separately, these names include Prof. Lina Yu from Shanghai Musical Conservatory; Prof. György Pauk from Royal Academy of Music, UK; and Prof. Thomas Brandis from Musikhochschule Lübeck, Germany.
In addition to the Paganini prizes, Huang was awarded the Gold Medal and Public Prize in the 2001 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan; Best Performance Prize in the 2001 Shanghai Spring International Festival, and the Second Prize in the 2000 Lipinsky and Wieniawsky International Violin Competition in Poland. In 2007, he received the first Montegrappa's Genio Creativo Award, an annual international award for young talented artists who represent creativity and innovation in different fields of art from different countries.
Mengla Huang is a recording artist of Universal Music. 2005 saw his debut album Violin Showpieces on Deutsche Grammophon label. His second recital album also released on Deutsche Grammophon, a collection of works written by violinist-composers titled Violinissimo, was released in 2008. His last recording project was the 24 caprices by Paganini, which was released in 2011.
"At Bruckner’s Third Symphony, the expressively playing Wiener Symphoniker were of great tonal beauty, guided by a brilliantly conducting SimoneYoung."
-- Die Presse