La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra with Yujia Wang, Semyon Bychkov, Italy, World Expo 2010

September 17 7.30 PM - Auditorium Expo (Expo Park)

La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychov and with the special participation of the young musician Yuja Wang of Chinese origin that has been collecting successes all over the world.

La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala) is an indipendendt team founded by Claudio Abbado with La Scala musicians in 1982 with the aim to develop a symphonic repertoire in the context of the great opera tradition of this Theatre.  La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra built cooperation relationships with leading directors of international scene, such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Pretre, Lorin Maazel and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Riccardo Muti took the role of Chef Conductor from 1987 to 2005, giving an important contribution to the artistic growth of the Orchestra. Since 2006  La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra intensified the collaboration with Daniel Barenboim, Daniele Gatti e Riccardo Chailly.

Antonio Pappano conducted the opening concert of 2009/2010 season, while the opening of 2010/2011 season will have on the podium Valery Gergiev, who is celebrating 20 years of collaboration with the Orchestra. Among the musicians that contributed to the artistic growth of La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra we can remember Leonard Bernstein, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Yuri Temirkanov.  La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra is regularly hosted in the main international concert halls.

The performance will take place on 17th September at the Red Hall, where the orchestra will be led by internationally acclaimed conductor Semyon Bychkov. That night the audience will enjoy the works of the true classical masters, including Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Puccini’s Manon Lascaut, Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana and Verdi’s Nabucco Overture. There will also be a special collaboration with the ‘Piano Princess’ Wang Yujia, who will join the orchestra to perform Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto. This will be a great opportunity for the young student of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and an opportunity for China to demonstrate what young Chinese musicians have to offer the world of classical music.


Semyon Bychkov

Semyon Bychkov, who grew up in St.Petersburg, left the Soviet Union, where he studied with the legendary llya Musin, for the United States in the 70s. Now he lives in France, where he directed the Orchestre de Paris from 1989 to 1998, and he is the Chief Conductor of the WDR Singonieorchester and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and chief conductor of Dresden’s Semper Oper. He directed Boris at the Metropolitan and at the Maggio Fiorentino and had great success in Turin in 2006 with Don Carlo. Among the commitments of recent seasons we can remember Don Carlo, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Elektra, Boris Godunov and La Boheme in London; Un Ballo in Maschera and Tristan und Isolde in Paris (and on tour in Japan); Elektra and soon Die Frau ohne Schatten at La Scala; Elektra in Madrid and again DerRosenkavalier in Salisburgo. He is a regular guest of  La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra season since 1992.  

Yuja Wang

“The technique is remarkable, of course, but l was affected with the power that emanated, with her strong personality.  And she is still young. ” with these words Claudio Abbado presented Yuja Wang to the press, on the occasion of the ceoncerts with Mozart Orchestra and them with Lucerna Orchestra. Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja Wang began studying piano at the age of six and continued at the Music Conservatory of Beijing. In 2002, at the age of 15, she won the contest of Aspen Music Festival and then moved to United States to study with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 2008. Yuja Wang has performed with the most prestigious orchestras in the world, including the New York Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Boston, Chicago and Houston, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the China Philharmonic and NHK Symphony in Tokyo.