On February 26 and 27, Vladimir Jurowski is to guide the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and cellist Alban Gerhardt in two concert events — and has modified the programming following this week’s occasions in Ukraine.
As an alternative of the Slavic March by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the ensemble will carry out the Ukrainian Nationwide Anthem based mostly on a melody by Ukranian composer Mychajlo Werbyzkyj (1815-1870), along with Werbyzkyj’s Symphonic Ouverture No. 1.
“I didn’t think about the start of the army aggression by the Russian Federation towards Ukraine doable till the final time,” Jurowski wrote to VAN Magazin. “I’m deeply saddened by this motion but in addition extraordinarily unhappy as a result of I’m linked to each international locations by my household historical past. I hope peace shall be restored as quickly as doable. With the change of programming for our concert events this weekend, we need to set an indication of solidarity with the Ukrainian individuals.”
Born in Moscow in 1972, Jurowski first studied on the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990, he relocated along with his household to Germany, persevering with his research on the Musikhochschule of Dresden and Berlin, below Rolf Reuter and Semion Skigin. He has served on the helm of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester since Autumn 2017 and in addition serves because the Normal Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper.
In 2021 he stepped down from his fifteen-year tenure as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to turn into their Conductor Emeritus, and from his decade as Inventive Director of the Russian State Educational Symphony Orchestra, to turn into their Honorary Conductor.