This week, Karina Canellakis and Nicola Benedetti make their debuts with Orchestre de Paris, in the closing concert of the orchestra’s season. Karina conducts a programme of Strauss’ Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, and Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Nicola as soloist.
Following the amazing news of her appointment as Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (starting in September 2019), the summer sees Karina return to the BBC Proms after her debut last year, this time with cellist Alisa Weilerstein. She will also make her debut with the Vienna Symphony at the Bregenz Festival in Austria.
“And above and beyond the dancing colours, Canellakis displayed a total grasp of this loveable symphony’s wayward structure. A performance to treasure.”
★ ★ ★ ★ Review of Karina’s BBC Proms debut, Geoff Brown, The Times, September 2017
Nicola has been closely associated with Szymanowski since the beginning of her career; the composer’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featured on her debut recording with Deutsche Grammophon back in 2005. Nicola also returns to the Proms this summer, for the BBC Young Musician 40th Anniversary, joining a host of fellow winners and finalists including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jennifer Pike, Jess Gillam, Emma Johnson and Colin Currie. This will be her seventh appearance at the festival since her debut in 2010.
The performances in Paris also mark the first time the two artists work together. They join forces again next season, performing Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Karina and Nicola perform with Orchestre de Paris on 13 and 14 June. More information here.