David Afkham conducts in front of a home crowd next week when he makes his debut with the Staatskapelle Berlin. The programme features Wolfgang Rihm’s ‘Verwandlung 3’ and Shostakovich Symphony no. 10. They are joined by Berlin-based Saleem Ashkar, soloist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4, which he recently performed with the Melbourne Symphony and Diego Matheuz receiving a fantastic reception and immediate re-invitation.