Party time! The theme of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival in 2018 is the 30-year relationship between Valery Gergiev and Rotterdam.
At the age of 35, Valery Gergiev made his debut in Rotterdam in 1988. The concert was a triumph for both conductor and orchestra. When he appeared again in Rotterdam in the last week of November even more sparks flew. After the performance of the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony the audience burst into thunderous applause, wrote NRC Handelsblad. Now, 30 years later, the festival celebrates this unique bond between conductor and orchestra – a bond that is characterised by intense musicianship. The three concerts in the main auditorium show exactly what Gergiev excels in. You can see Gergiev as an opera conductor, as a conductor of major symphonic works and as a proponent of new Russian music.
In fact it’s a double jubilee, as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is now 100 years old. So an all-round programme is called for.