On 20th April Jon will conduct the RTVE Symphony Orchestra in their 18th “Young Musicians” series. The concert will take place at the Teatro MIRA, Pozuelo de Alarcón, and will feature soprano Marta Estal and guitarist Xianji Liu, in repertoire including Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. You can read more information here.
Jon Malaxetxebarria will take part in the Teatro Arriaga’s new season in Bilbao. On 27th and 28th January the “Esclavos Felices” festival takes place, celebrating the music of Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, to coincide with the 210th anniversary of his birth. The film and TV director Sara Derendinger will collaborate in this “symphonic poem”, which will be directed by Calixto Bieito, with Jon Malaxetxebarria conducting the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and the men of the Sociedad Coral de Bilbao.
You can read more information in Spanish here.
Last week Jon Malaxetxebarria received favourable reviews for his concerts in the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra’s main season.
“Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’ is a good piece to prove the ability of a conductor, since each variation has such contrasting personality… It was a classic interpretation in front of an orchestra that played very well for him. The young conductor Jon Malaxetxebarria had control of the score’s fluctuations and of the orchestra, and the respect of the musicians. In our opinion he has set the foundation to become an internationally recognised conductor, and we await the success that experience and hard work will bring.” (Jesús Mari Begoña, Berria)
“Malaxetxebarria rose to the huge challenge of bringing out the individuality of each variation, without losing the coherence of the work as a whole, showing good phrasing in the long melodic lines…” (Asier Vallejo Ugarte, Klassikbidea)
See the full review here (Berria, in Basque)
Listen to Jon’s interview in Spanish on Radio Euskadi here
Jon will conduct concerts in Bilbao’s impressive Palacio Euskalduna on 13th and 14th November 2014. The programme, a highlight of the orchestra’s ‘Enigmas and Legends’ themed season, will include Jesús Guridi’s ‘Una Aventura de Don Quijote’ and Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations. More information about the concert can be found here.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s wonderful depiction of one of history’s greatest storytellers, and the tales she weaves, is brought to life under the baton of Jon Malaxetxebarria, narrated by Belén Otxotorena. Aimed at children aged 7-10, the concerts on 22nd and 23rd May are for school groups only, but the concert on 24th May is open to the public.
Read more information here.
The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Joe Tildesley presents the Last Night at the Solihull Proms on Sunday 11th May at Bushell Hall, Solihull School, in aid of local charities. It promises to be a special evening for music lovers with performances from the Solihull Symphony Orchestra, Solihull Choral Society, Solihull School Choir and Solihull Music Service.
Read more information here.