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HPO & BELOVED RACHMANINOFF
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HPO & BELOVED RACHMANINOFF
24.10.2016
14:00
Duration 2h 45min

A favourite soloist playing a favourite concerto! Mackenzie Melemed, winner of the 2017 International Maj Lind Piano Competition, enchants audiences with his focused presence. The American pianist, who fell in love with Finland and settled here, has said that he buys a glass bird designed by Oiva Toikka every time he performs as a soloist with a Finnish orchestra.

The solo section of Sergei Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto complements Melemed's collection with another glass bird. Rachmaninoff dedicated his most beloved work to his hypnologist, who had helped ease his writer’s block and complete the concerto.

“As soon as conductor Mei-Ann Chen stepped on stage, her smile immediately spread throughout the orchestra. She is an energising catalyst on the conductor’s podium!” (Camilla Dahl, Mittmedia). Taiwanese American conductor Mei-Ann Chen makes her debut in front of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ
Toccata e due canzoni

SERGEI RAHMANINOV
Piano Concerto No. 2

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 7

MEI-ANN CHEN
conductor

MACKENZIE MELEMED
piano