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    Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra is scheduled to have a 2018 Europe Tour from November 25th (Sun) to December 1st (Sat), in 3 European countries and in 5 different cities. Under the baton of SPO’s principal guest conductor, Thierry Fischer, it will perform Isang Yun ‘Muak’, B Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor” / **Schumann, Piano Concerto (** Lucerne, Grenoble) and Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique with Pianist SunWook Kim collaborating with the orchestra. Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2018 Europe Tour is sponsored by KIA Motors Corporation.

    After four years after performing at the London BBC Proms in August 2014, Seoul Philharmonic is revisiting Europe, Geneva and Lucerne in Switzerland, Udine in Italy and Grenoble and Paris in France to perform. SPO is performing for the first time in all five cities, and especially for Switzerland and France, SPO is making its debut stages in the countries

    • Date & Venue: 3 European countries (Switzerland, Italy, France), in 5 cities
      • – 2018.11.25 (Sun) 17:00 Victoria Hall (Geneva, Switzerland)
      • – 2018.11.27 (Tue) 20:45 Udine Teatro Nuovo (Udine, Italy)
      • – 2018.11.29 (Thurs) 19:30 KKL (Lucerne, Switzerland)
      • – 2018.11.30 (Fri) 20:30 MC2 (Grenoble, France)
      • – 2018.12.01 (Sat) 20:30 Maison de la Radio (Paris, France)
    • Performers
      • – Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
      • – Thierry Fischer, conductor
      • – SunWook Kim, piano
    • Program
      • – Isang Yun, Muak
      • – Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor” / **Schumann, Piano Concerto (** Lucerne, Grenoble)
      • – Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
    • SPO Official Sites

    2018 Europe Tour Schedule Overview

    2018 Europe Tour Schedule Overview
    City Date & Venue Program Ticket Price
    2018.11.25. 17:00
    Victoria Hall (1,550 seats)
    Isang Yunm ‘Muak’
    Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”
    Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
    10-30 CHF
    2018.11.27. 20:45
    Udine Teatro Nuovo
    (1,174 seats)
    Isang Yunm ‘Muak’
    Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”
    Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
    18-54 EUR
    2018.11.29. 19:30
    KKL (1,898 seats)
    Isang Yunm ‘Muak’
    Schumann, Piano Concerto
    Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
    25-120 CHF
    2018.11.30 20:30
    MC2 (1,000 seats)
    Isang Yunm ‘Muak’
    Schumann, Piano Concerto
    Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
    13-47 EUR
    2018.12.01. 20:30
    Maison de la Radio (1,460 seats)
    Isang Yunm ‘Muak’
    Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”
    Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique

    ※ Debut stages at Switzerland and France


    ■ Thierry Fischer, conductor

    Thierry Fischer, conductorDirector of the Utah Symphony Orchestra since 2009 and recently extended to 2022, Thierry Fischer has revitalized the orchestra with creative programming, critically acclaimed performances, and new recordings. In April 2016 he took the orchestra to Carnegie Hall for the first time in 40 years, and together they have released CDs of Mahler symphonies and newly commissioned works. Since January 2017 Fischer is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Recent guesting has included Boston Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Maggio Musicale Firenze, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Sao Paulo Philharmonic, also Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mostly Mozart New York, Scottish Chamber and London Sinfonietta.

    Whilst Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales 2006-2012 Fischer appeared every year at the BBC Proms, toured internationally, and recorded for Hyperion, Signum and Orfeo. His recording of Frank Martin’s opera Der Sturm with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus won the ICMA award in 2012 (opera category). In 2014 he released a Beethoven disc with the London Philharmonic on the Aparte label.

    Fischer started out as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera. His conducting career began in his 30s when he replaced an ailing colleague, subsequently directing his first few concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe where he was Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado. He spent his apprentice years in Holland, and became Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra 2001-2006. He was Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2008-2011, making his Suntory Hall debut in Tokyo in May 2010, and is now Honorary Guest Conductor.

    ■ SunWook Kim, Piano

    SunWook Kim, PianoSunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. His performance of Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder in the competition’s finals attracted unanimous praise from the press. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Finnish Radio Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Radio-France Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in Summer 2014.

    In 17/18, recital highlights will include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Leeds Piano Festival, as well as concerto appearances with the Halle, Philharmonia, BBC Concert, Bournemouth, Dresden Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras. Other highlights include duo recitals with Jian Wang in Korea and Guy Braunstein in Berlin as well as a tour of the United States with the Staatskapelle Weimar with Kirill Karabits.

    Sunwook Kim’s debut recital disc was released on the Accentus label in October 2015, featuring Beethoven’s Waldstein and Hammerklavier sonatas. This was followed by a recording of Franck’s Prelude, choral et fugue paired with Brahms Sonata No.3 and a further disc of Beethoven; Sonata No. 8; Pathetique, Sonata No. 14; Moonlight and Sonata No. 23; Appassionata. His discography also includes two concerto recordings, both on Deutsche Grammophon and with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung: a CD featuring Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto (2014) which attracted outstanding reviews and awards from BBC Music Magazine and International Classical Music Awards, and a CD featuring Beethoven Concerto No.5 (2013).

    ■ Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

    Seoul Philharmonic OrchestraFor the past 73 years, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) has played a central role in enriching the cultural lives of Korea’s citizens. In 2005, under the leadership of the former music director Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, the orchestra was reborn, setting a new standard for orchestral music in Korea. With Thierry Fischer, the Principal Guest Conductor, Markus Stenz, and the world-renowned guest conductors and soloists, the SPO continues to take the initiative in shaping the Korean classical music scene.

    The SPO has extended its scope to an international scale starting in 2007 with Thailand and the New York-based U.N. Headquarters for the 62nd United Nations Day Concert. In 2010, the orchestra embarked on its first overseas tour to nine cities in Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and Russia. This followed the orchestra’s European festival tour in 2011 which included the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival. In 2012, the orchestra won standing ovations and wide acclaim for its North American tour, including their performance at the world- renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In 2013, SPO performed a meaningful concert at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Seoul-Beijing sister cities relationship. In August 2014, the SPO toured to the Turku Music Festival, the Grafenegg Festival, the Merano Music Festival, and to the BBC Proms in Europe where the orchestra received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The influential UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, gave the orchestra’s performance at the BBC Proms its highest rating of five stars, describing it as “beautifully paced and deeply moving.”

    Meanwhile, apart from traditional concert hall venues, the SPO performs a wide range of public concerts and is deeply involved in the everyday lives of Seoul citizens. Large-scale outdoor concerts such as the Neighborhood Concerts in hospitals, prisons, local community centers and other diverse places, the Riverside Concert at the side of the Hangang River, and Korea’s National Liberation Day Concert are all greatly loved by people from all walks of life in the bustling metropolis.

    Furthermore, SPO also provides a pre-concert lecture for adult audiences, Conducting Masterclasses for young conductors, and Composition Masterclasses for the future composers. They are all part of the orchestra’s vision to expand its future audience base as well as to develop and nurture young artists on a long-term basis.

    SPO also became the first Asian orchestra to sign an exclusive worldwide contract with the Deutsche Grammophon label for two CD releases annually in a total span of five years. A total of nine albums have been released up to date including Unsuk Chin’s 3 Concertos and Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 which were released in 2014 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in 2015. The Unsuk Chin’s 3 Concertos album in particular was honored by two of the world’s most prestigious awards in classical music: International Classical Music Awards(ICMA) for best contemporary music recording and BBC Music Magazine Awards for winning the Premiere Category.