Vadim Gluzman makes his debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performing on his 1690 Stradivarius violin

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The violinist Vadim Gluzman makes his debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis this Winter.

Gluzman performs Brahms’ mighty Violin Concerto in three performances on 24, 25 and 27 June. He plays a 1690 Stradivarius violin once owned by Leopold Auer, a Hungarian violinist much admired by Tchaikovsky, who dedicated his violin concerto to him.

The award-winning violinist has appeared regularly with major orchestras and conductors across the globe.

Gluzman says: ‘Every visit to Australia has been a very happy occasion for me. I love the country – its people, its beautiful nature and of course the wine! Brahms’ Violin Concerto, undoubtedly one of the greatest in our repertoire, stands as a towering example of human spirit, beauty and depth of musical expression. I am very much looking forward to my debut appearance with the MSO under Sir Andrew Davis playing this extraordinary masterwork!’

The program opens with the world premiere performance of Australian composer James Ledger’s Hollow Kings. Ledger was composer-in-residence with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra between 2007-9 and is renowned for establishing an impressive reputation as a symphony composer.

Reflecting the MSO’s commemorations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death which run throughout the 2016 season, Hollow Kings is inspired by some of Shakespeare’s most iconic regents: Macbeth, Henry VIII, Richard III and King Lear. Remaining with the Shakespearean-theme and rounding out the program, the Orchestra and Davis perform excerpts from Berlioz’s dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette.

Date: Friday 24 June at 8pm, Saturday 25 June at 2pm, Monday 27 June at 6.30pm
Venue: Costa Hall, Geelong (24 June) & Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne (25 & 27 June)
Tickets: From $45 – $149 available *prices subject to change without notice
Bookings: or 03 9929 9600


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