Conductor: Aziz Shokhakimov
Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Soloist: Janez Podlesek, violin
Rodion Shchedrin, Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, Naughty Limericks
Nina Šenk, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1
Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44
Young Uzbek conductor Aziz Shokhakimov (1988) won second prize in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg, where his performance with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra opened the door to many European and American orchestras, and the long list is now joined by the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He also won first prize in a competition for young conductors within the framework of the Salzburg Festival in 2016.
Shokhakimov currently works as the chief conductor of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and is the principal guest conductor of La Verdi Orchestra of Milan. With the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, he will perform one of Prokofiev’s symphonies and the first of five concertos for orchestra by Shchedrin, which brought the composer international fame in 1963.
“Since I started composing, I have devoted particular attention to virtuoso playing on each instrument”, commented Slovenian composer Nina Šenk on her music. It is therefore not surprising that we find several solo concertos in her opus, including the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1. The work was written for violinist Anja Bukovec while the composer was studying at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. On this occasion, the role of soloist will be undertaken by Janez Podlesek, the concertmaster of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and a teacher at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet.