Brahms speaks to us in a timeless and universal language, delivered through compositions that balance the rigors of precise craft with the freedom of soaring emotions. His complete concertos provide a revealing view of this complete artist, beginning with the breakthrough First Piano Concerto inspired by his beloved Clara Schumann, and stretching to Brahms’ final orchestral score, the Double Concerto written for his longtime friend, violinist Joseph Joachim (who also inspired the luxurious Violin Concerto).
Pablo Rus Broseta is Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and Music Director of the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana. He is rapidly building a wide-ranging repertoire from Handel to John Adams, with a focus on the great symphonic repertoire.
Establishing himself as one of Canada's most promising young artists, twenty-three-year-old violinist Blake Pouliot is the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) Manulife Competition. Mr. Pouliot has been described by the Toronto Star as, “one of those special talents that come along once in a lifetime."
An imaginative and electrifying performer, Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”) is unique among the young generation of pianists. Described as “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigor of youth” (Chinese Gramophone), her interpretations and communicative abilities have been praised as “taking us to another reality... bright, expressive and moving to the extreme” (Belgischer Rundfunk), while her creative maturity has been hailed as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry” (Los Angeles Times).
The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor