Dresden Philharmonic

Dresden Philharmonic

21 October 2016
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The Dresden Philharmonic, led by Principal Conductor Michael Sanderling and joined by multi-award-winning pianist David Fray, makes its Singapore debut at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

Hailing from the German state capital of Saxony, the Dresden Philharmonic is one of the oldest German orchestras, proudly carrying on the tradition of the ratsmusik of the 15th century. Throughout its history, the orchestra has been led by renowned conductors and composers such as Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Richard Strauss, and today offers great musical and stylistic variety that covers both canonical and modern works.

Michael Sanderling has been Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic since 2011, and is a sought-after guest conductor around the world. He is one of the few who have made their way from being an orchestra musician into the top league of classical conductors.

Described as “perhaps the most inspired, certainly most original Bach player of his generation” (Der Spiegel), pianist David Fray is critically acclaimed recording artist of works by Bach, Mozart and Schubert. He was the recipient of the German Echo Klassik Prize and the Young Talent Award by the Ruhr Piano Festival, and was BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year in 2008.

Weber Overture to Euryanthe
Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major

“You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation.”

Patek Philippe is dedicated to the preservation of artisanal skills that have been directly associated with horology for more than four centuries. Conductor Michael Sanderling’s commitment to music education and nurturing young musicians resonates with Patek Philippe’s commitment to the arts and belief of looking after the richness of life for the next generation.

Patek Philippe, an Arts Benefactor of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the Dresden Philharmonic as part of Esplanade’s Classics series.

Conductor, Michael Sanderling

Born and educated in Berlin, Michael Sanderling is one of the most highly sought-after conductors of his generation. Many engagements with leading orchestras and a highly successful artistic collaboration with the renowned Dresden Philharmonic have earned Sanderling an international reputation as a conductor. Sanderling opened his tenure as Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic at the beginning of the 2011–12 season and will continue in this capacity through the 2018–2019 season. He was previously Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Kammerakademie Potsdam from 2006 to 2010.

Sanderling has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, among them Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Munich Philharmonic, and more. He conducted the highly praised new production of Sergei Prokofiev’s monumental War and Peace at the Cologne Opera.

In addition to late-Romantic symphonic works, he also focuses on the works of Shostakovich and repertoire from the Classical period. As a champion of New Music, he has given many premiere performances of works by contemporary composers.

Soloist: David Fray, piano

Described as “Perhaps the most inspired, certainly the most original Bach player of his generation,” David Fray maintains an active career as a recitalist, performing in world-class concert halls.

Orchestral highlights in Europe have included performances with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bayerische Rundfunk, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester, Salzburg Mozarteum, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris. David Fray made his US debut in 2009 with the Cleveland Orchestra followed by performances with the Boston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Fray holds multiple awards including the prestigious German Echo Klassik Prize for Instrumentalist of the Year and the Young Talent Award from the Ruhr Piano Festival. He was named Newcomer of the Year in 2008 by the BBC Music Magazine. At the 2004 Montreal International Music Competition, Mr. Fray received both the Second Grand Prize and the Prize for the best interpretation of a Canadian work.

An exclusive Warner Classics artist, Fray recorded his first CD that features the works of Bach and Boulez to great critical acclaim. The disc was praised as the “best record of the year” by the London Times and Le Soir. Mr. Fray’s second release was a recording of Bach keyboard concerti with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen awarded by the German Recording Academy followed by Schubert’s Moments Musicaux and Impromptus. Mr. Fray’s most recent releases include a Schubert recital, Mozart piano concerti with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden and Bach Partitas Nos. 2 and 6 along with the Toccata in C minor.


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