Debussy’s La Mer
Friday, November 17, 2017
Kleinhans Music Hall, 10:30 am | $6.00
Middle and High School
Former BPO music director Maximiano Valdés is on the podium for this concert featuring Debussy’s masterpiece, La Mer. Rising cello star Julian Schwarz makes his BPO debut with Lalo’s Cello Concerto.
Maximiano Valdés, conductor
Julian Schwarz, cello
BERLIOZ Overture to Le Corsaire, Op. 21
LALO Cello Concerto
LIADOV The Enchanted Lake
DEBUSSY La Mer
About Julian Schwarz
Born in Seattle into a musical family, cellist Julian Schwarz is already being recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century.
He made his orchestral debut at the age of 11, playing the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony with his father, Gerard Schwarz, on the podium. Since then, he has appeared with the Seattle, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Columbus (OH), Syracuse, Virginia, Sarasota, Grand Rapids, Omaha, Wichita and Modesto symphonies, and performed recitals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and in Palm Springs. He also appears regularly on the stage of Bargemusic in New York City with his recital partner, pianist Marika Bournaki.
His recent and upcoming performance highlights include debuts with the Charlotte, Des Moines, West Virginia, Chicago Camerata, Toledo, Amarillo and Washington/Idaho symphonies, The Louisville Orchestra and Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose; return engagements with the Hartford and Boca Raton symphonies and the Northwest Sinfonietta; and recitals in Palm Springs, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia. Internationally, he made his Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony in Brisbane as well as his debut in Hong Kong appearing at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival. He also returned to the Boca del Rio Orchestra in Veracruz, Mexico and made his debut with the Mexico City Philharmonic in June 2016.
No stranger to summer music festivals, Julian Schwarz has attended and performed at the Aspen, Interlochen, Eastern, California Summer and Encore music festivals. He has been the “Featured Young Artist” at both the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Cape Cod Music Festival and was chosen to participate and perform at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland. A member of the cello faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, he has performed the Brahms Double and the premiere of a concerto by Richard Danielpour, “A Prayer For Our Time,” with the festival orchestra. During the summer of 2016, he performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the same ensemble.
In August 2012, Julian Schwarz recorded the Samuel Jones Cello Concerto, which was written for him, for PBS television with the All Star Orchestra (subsequently released as a DVD on Naxos). Mr. Schwarz’s other recordings for Naxos include Bright Sheng’s “Northern Lights,” “In Memoriam” for the Music of Remembrance series and the Saint-Saens No. 1 and Haydn C Major cello concertos with the Seattle Symphony. His recordings with Marika Bournaki include the complete cello/piano works by Ernest Bloch for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, and a duo recital disc released in late 2016.
Julian Schwarz started piano lessons at the age of 5 and began his cello studies the following year with the late David Tonkonogui; subsequent teachers include Toby Saks, Lynn Harrell, Neal Cary and Ronald Leonard. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City in May 2014 where he studied with Joel Krosnick, and his Master of Music degree, also at Juilliard, in May 2016. During the 16/17 season, he served as Mr. Krosnick’s teaching assistant. In August 2013, he was awarded first prize in the professional cello division of the inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong.
He currently performs on a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743, and is an active contributor to the Strings Magazine Artist Blog.
About Maximiano Valdes
In February 2008, Chilean conductor Maximiano Valdés was named Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony in San Juan. Mr. Valdés recently ended a 16 year tenure as Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain and was named the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. He is the former Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and served as Chief Conductor of both the orchestra and opera at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, where he returns annually for both symphonic and opera performances. In March 2010, Mr. Valdés also accepted the position of Artistic Director of the famed Festival Casals in San Juan.
Born in Santiago,Chile, Maximiano Valdés began his studies in piano and violin at the Conservatory of Music there and continued at the Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome where he took courses in composition and conducting. Completing his diploma in piano, he decided to concentrate entirely on conducting and enrolled in the conducting classes of Franco Ferrara in Bologna, Siena and Venice and also worked with Sergiu Celibidache in Stuttgart and Paris. In 1976 Mr. Valdés was engaged as Assistant Conductor at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice and the following year was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood where he worked with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. He won First Prize at the Nicolai Malko Competition in Copenhagen, First Prize at the Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence, and Second Prize from the Rupert Foundation Conducting Competition in London.
Mr. Valdés made his American symphonic debut in October 1987 with the Buffalo Philharmonic and was immediately re-invited for the following season. After a successful return to the orchestra in 1989, he was appointed Music Director, a position he held for almost 10 years. In North America he has guest conducted many of the leading orchestras including the St. Louis, National, Montreal, Baltimore, Seattle, Houston, Dallas and New World symphonies and the Calgary Philharmonic. Summer festival appearances have included engagements at the Mann Music Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Caramoor, Interlochen, Grand Teton, Music Academy of the West and Grant Park festivals.