Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra at Colston Hall, performing a series of concerts here every year. Since its foundation in 1893 the ensemble has worked with such historic figures as Bartok, Sibelius, Holst, Stravinsky, and Vaughan-Williams, among many others. The orchestra gives over 150 performances each year, collaborating with world-class conductors and soloists keeping them at the forefront of the UK orchestral music scene.
The BSO is proud to serve the communities of South and South West England, as well as appearing on many of the world’s great stages including Carnegie Hall, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and Musikverein, Vienna. Since the first pioneering recordings in 1914, the BSO now has over 300 recordings to its name. Releases include a critically-acclaimed collaboration with James Ehnes and the top-selling classical recording of 2012 in partnership with Nicola Benedetti.
Away from the concert hall and recording studio, the orchestra is committed to engaging new audiences through their education and community department, BSO Resonate. BSO musicians also take part in an extensive array of community outreach projects.
Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. He is Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne. In addition to these titled positions, James Gaffigan is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.
As an opera conductor, James Gaffigan made his Vienna State Opera debut in 2011/12 conducting ‘La Bohème’ and was immediately invited back to conduct ‘Don Giovanni’ the following season. Mr Gaffigan continues his relationship with the Glyndebourne Festival – in 2012, he conducted a production of ‘La Cenerentola’ and returned for performances of ‘Falstaff’ in summer 2013. He made his professional opera debut at the Zurich Opera in 2005 conducting ‘La Bohème’. In the States, he has conducted ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ at both the Aspen Music Festival and the Houston Opera.
In 2009, Mr Gaffigan completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony where he assisted Michael Tilson Thomas, led subscription concerts and was Artistic Director of the orchestra’s Summer festival. Prior to that appointment, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra where he worked under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst from 2003 through 2006. James Gaffigan’s international career was launched when he was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition.
Born in 1984, Alexander Gavrylyuk began his piano studies at the age of seven and gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old. He went on to win First prize and Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan in 2000 where the Japanese press lauded him as the “most talented 16-year old” and, in 2005, he took both the coveted Gold Medal as well as the award for Best Performance of a Classical Concerto at the internationally renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition.
Following his debut in 2010 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Gavrylyuk has returned to Amsterdam each year, either in recital in the Master Piano Series or with the RCO. He is now increasingly in demand by orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has appeared with, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam as well as the Royal Scottish National, Bournemouth Symphony, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Netherlands Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Brussels Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony and OFUNAM. He has collaborated with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fedoseyev, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Lazarev, Lang-Lessing, Vassily Petrenko, Segerstam, Yuri Simonov, Herbert Soudant,Osmo Vänska and Andrey Boreyko.
Alexander has received critical acclaim for his thrilling performances of Rachmaninov. He has performed the complete Rachmaninov concerti and the Rhapsody with both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Neeme Järvi (May 2013) and as part of the Vancouver Symphony’s Rachmaninov Festival in March 2014 with Bramwell Tovey.
He regularly visits Japan and Asia, performing with orchestras such as NHK Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic as well as regular recital tours, often playing to sell-out audiences in Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City. He returns to Russia on a regular basis and has performed with the Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov and the Svetlanov Russian State Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and at the Kremlin.
At the age of 13, Alexander moved to Sydney where he lived until 2006. He has performed with all the main Australian orchestras including Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, returning each year for concerts and recitals. In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony which was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House. In addition to the Prokofiev cycle, he has made several recordings including a recital disc of works by Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Prokofiev for Piano Classics. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann’s Kinderszenen, has been widely praised.
Alexander supports a number of charities including Theme and Variations Young Pianist Trust which aims to provide support and encouragement to young and aspiring Australian pianists as well as Opportunity Cambodia, which has built a residential educational facility for needy Cambodian children.
Alexander is a Steinway Artist. More information can be found on his website.