Tchaikovsky with the FSSO

Tchaikovsky with the FSSO
conducted by Conrad van Alphen
Thursday 4 August 2011

ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky
TCHAIKOVSKY Suite No. 4 Op. 64 “Mozartiana”
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D-major, Op. 35

Popular South African born conductor Conrad van Alphen is back to conduct the FSSO in a programme consisting mostly of music by Tchaikovsky. Russian violinist Maria Solozobova is the soloist in the composer’s Violin Concerto in D-major, Op. 35, considered by many as one of the most beautiful concertos ever written.

As artistic director and chief conductor of Sinfonia Rotterdam Conrad van Alphen has moulded this orchestra into one of the best in the Netherlands who host their own concert series in Rotterdam. Conrad also conducts Sinfonia Rotterdam in the concert series of leading Dutch halls such as the Concertgebauw in Amsterdam and De Doelen in Rotterdam, and regularly takes the orchestra on international tours.
Conrad has received excellent reviews internationally for his many recordings. To name a few labels: Telarc (works by Grieg, Dvorak and Elgar), Channel Classics (Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal for two guitars and orchestra  -  Editor’s choice in Gramophone Magazine), Raptus (reconstructions of recent Beethoven finds), Talent Records (Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies), Cybele (works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann) and Brilliant Classics (Bassoon concerto’s by Dupuy, Villa Lobos, Vivaldi and Othuis).

Conrad van Alphen is a popular guest conductor of various orchestras nationally and internationally.  He regularly conducts orchestras in The Netherlands, England, Germany, Bulgaria, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, South Africa, China and Mexico.

Maria Solozobova was born in Moscow. Maria Solozobova belongs to the most promising violinists of the new generation.  Maria graduated at the Moscow  Gnessin School of music for gifted children and the famous Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (concert diploma with honours); she further studied at the Music Academy in Zürich and Basel, where she got her diploma as a soloist in 2008. She studied violin with Prof. Irina Bochkova, Prof. Evgenia Tchugaeva, Prof. Zakhar Bron und Prof. Raphael Oleg.

Maria Solozobova has worked with many leading orchestras: Basel Symphonic Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Symphonisches Orchester Zurich, Genève Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Moskau Chamber Orchestra, Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestra, Roumanian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra.
She played as a soloist in many international concert halls in cities like Moscow, Vienna, Zurich and Taipei with several famous conductors. In 2009 Maria Solozobova gave a remarkable debut at the Tonhalle Zürich with Haydn, Paganini and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, together with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra directed by Maestro Muhai Tang. The applause of the audience was enthusiastic. In 2009/2010, Maria Solozobova has successfully performed as a soloist at numerous important concert halls, including the Tonhalle Zürich, Victoria Hall Geneva, Stadt Casino Basel. She further performed as a chamber musician and soloist with the Ensemble "Camerata Musica Barocca ", in the “Auditorium Wolfsberg”, in the Grand Resort Bad-Ragaz Music Festival and in the famous church of St. Peters in Zürich.

R120 (adults) per concert
R80 (pensioners, students and learners) per concert

Tickets @ Computicket (Shoprite / Checkers, Mimosa Mall)
Book online at

Ella Kotze (FSSO), tel. 051 – 401 2342 (8:00 – 13:00)

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