The Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues its 2017-2018 Masterworks season with a sparkling program of music in November! The HSO will present Mozart & La Mer Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 12 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, and feature HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information. This concert is sponsored by Cly-Del Manufacturing Co.
The program includes Berlioz’s Le corsaire, Op. 21, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, “Turkish,” and Debussy’s La Mer, with a surprise encore selection to be announced. Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to curtain each performance.
Claude Debussy’s La Mer is a masterpiece of suggestion and subtlety in its rich depiction of the sea. This sensual three-movement impression of the ocean is one of Debussy’s most revered works. Berlioz’s Le corsaire was also inspired by the sea, written when the composer was on holiday in Nice, France, in 1844. The result of this retreat is a piece of music that is dizzying and serene, playful and brassy. Mozart’s enchanting Violin Concerto No. 5 was composed after several trips to Italy with his father, where he became enamored with the violin. This concerto, nicknamed “The Turkish,” was one of five Mozart composed for violin and orchestra over the span of five months in 1775.
The 2017-2018 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.
About Leonid Sigal
HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. Since early performances he was praised by audiences and critics for his virtuosity and musical sensitivity. The Miami Herald wrote: “Sigal demonstrated what a fine violinist he is, playing passionately and cleanly with a soaring tone,” and the Hartford Courant echoes: “His tone was consistently sweet. He brought a clear sense of phrasing, articulation and effortless virtuosity.”
Born in Moscow, Russia, he began violin studies at the age 5, and was accepted to the renowned Gnessin School of Music. He went on attending and graduating with excellence from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Winner of several violin competitions and recipient of the 1993 Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award, he moved to the US, where he had also studied with Erick Friedman and had taken masterclasses with Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman. In 1995 he was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to a prestigious fellowship at the New World Symphony, where he was one of the principals and also coached as conductor.
His experience includes recitals, chamber music, festival and orchestral appearances in the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Japan and South Korea. He had performed under Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt to name a few. A passionate chamber musician, he collaborated with Mstislav Rostropovich, Evgeny Kissin, Edgar Meyer, Joseph Silverstein, James Ehnes, Roberto Diaz and William Wolfram among others. In 2007 he inaugurated and became Artistic Director of the celebrated Sunday Serenades, a chamber music series at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Mr. Sigal’s annual appearances as soloist with the HSO include highly acclaimed performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, concertos by Mozart, Brahms, Sibelius, Barber and Shostakovich, Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. In 2011 Mr. Sigal performed, and later recorded, a world premiere of Stephen Michael Gryc’ Violin Concerto Harmonia Mundi, written for him and commissioned by the HSO. Recent and upcoming season highlights include Brahms’ Double Concerto with cellist David Finckel, Concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Glazunov as well as Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium to commemorate the composer’s Centennial in 2018.
Also concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Mr. Sigal was previously Associate Concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic and had performed with San Diego Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He had served as Artistic Director of the Miami Chamber Symphony, as well as violin faculty at the University of Florida and University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. Since August of 2012, at the invitation of Music Director Gerard Schwarz, he has been part of the Emmy Award-winning and nationally-syndicated program All Star Orchestra alongside fellow concertmasters and principals from the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Met Orchestra, Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Minnesota and other major American orchestras.