A thrilling start to the 2015-2016 season and Ludovic Morlot’s fifth season as Music Director in a program of American classics and two works by Saint-Saëns including his final and most exotic piano concerto, the “Egyptian,” featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet as he begins his year-long role as Artist in Residence.
Just Announced! The Seattle Symphony Piano Competition First Prize winner Kevin Ahfat will perform the final movement of Barber’s Piano Concerto, Allegro molto, during the Opening Night Concert.
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The French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Amongst the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in the The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”
Artist in residence, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is considered one of the best pianists in the world, and has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities with dazzling technical prowess.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s performance is generously underwritten by Jean-Francois and Catherine Heitz through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.