2. Academy Concert – Cristian Măcelaru and Francesco Piemontesi


Christian Măcelaru (Foto: Sorin Popa)

Christian Măcelaru (Foto: Sorin Popa)

He suddenly found himself in the spotlight as a “stand-in” for a famous colleague – and jumped right in at the deep end. This was back in 2012 when Cristian Măcelaru was asked to fill in for Pierre Boulez at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at a time when, apart from a couple of people in the industry, hardly anyone in Europe knew his name. Now in his mid-thirties, he’s regarded as one of the top talents in the profession.

Together with the Swiss Pianist Francesco Piemontesi (someone else who’s come a long way from being an insider tip) Măcelaru has put together a programme that draws on incredibly diverse musical aspects of East European culture. Together with Piemontesi and the Bayerische Staatsorchester, he interprets Franz Liszt’s Piano Concert No.2. Liszt worked on the piece for almost 30 years, which is renowned for the virtuousic challenges it poses the pianist. The second headliner of the evening is Béla Bartók’s The Wooden Prince, originally composed for ballet. Through his impressionist style and innovative use of instruments, Bartok depicts magical fairies, rising floods and the capturing of the princess’ heart. For those who haven’t heard this music, it’s an absolute must!

2nd Academy Concert
Mon, 20th November 2017, 8pm Tickets
Tue, 21st November 2017, 8pm Tickets
National Theatre

The history of the Musical Academy

Along with its daily opera performances, the Bayerische Staatsorchester is also active on the concert stage. By setting up the Musical Academy in 1811, musicians aimed to finally establish a professional concert series. Since then, the organisation doesn’t only cover symphony concerts (in other words, all the Bayerische Staatsorchester academy concerts), but many other activities which are perhaps more “academic”: the Youth Orchestra ATTACCA, for example, or the Orchestra Academy which offers training for intrumentalists at the start of their career. Even the Tour Organisation falls under the remit of the Musical Academy.

Especially over the last two years, the Staatsorchester, together with Kirill Petrenko, has performed in various concert venues around the world: from the Scala in Milan to the Musikverein in Vienna, from the Berlin Philharmonic as far as the Seoul Arts Center. The magazine Opernwelt named the Bayerische Staatsorchester their Orchestra of the Year for the fourth year running.

This season, the Staatsorchester will be performing six Academy Concerts and individual musicians will play in six chamber concerts.