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.
Toccata e due canzoni
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 7