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Mendelssohn & Mozart

Saturday, December 2
Kleinhans Music Hall, 8:00 pm

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French violinist Arnaud Sussman makes his BPO debut with the most beloved concerto in the repertoire: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Andre Raphel guest-conducts the program including music by Mozart and Ravel.

Come at 7 PM to hear from the artists in “Musically Speaking,” sponsored by Uniland Development.

André Raphel, conductor
Arnaud Sussmann, violin

RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MOZART Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

About Arnaud Sussmann

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura and profound musicianship.  Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you’ll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener.  His clear tone [is] a thing of awe-inspiring beauty, his phrasing spellbinding.”

A thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, Arnaud Sussmann has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, Lexington Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and France’s Nice Orchestra.  Further concerto appearances have included a tour of Israel and concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Dresden Music Festival in Germany and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Sussmann has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler and members of the Emerson String Quartet.  He has worked with conductors such as Robert Moody, Anu Tali, Peter Bay and Leon Botstein.  A dedicated chamber musician, he has been a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006 and has regularly appeared with them in New York and on tour, including a recent concert at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Born in Strasbourg, France and based now in New York City, Sussmann trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Juilliard School with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman.  Winner of several international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini of Italy and Vatelot/Rampal of France, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, an honor which allowed him to be Mr. Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years.

A frequent recording artist, Sussmann has released albums on Deutsche Grammophon’s DG Concert Series, Naxos, Albany Records and CMS Studio Recordings labels.  His solo debut disc, featuring three Brahms Violin Sonatas with pianist Orion Weiss, was released in December 2014 on the Telos Music Label.  He has been featured on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts alongside Itzhak Perlman and the Perlman Music Program and with musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Arnaud Sussmann was recently signed for worldwide general management with Charlotte Lee at Primo Artists.  For more information on Arnaud, visit www.arnaudsussmann.com.

About Andre Raphel

A versatile conductor recognized for his innovative programming, André Raphel has established a reputation as a thoughtful and compelling interpreter. In his fourteenth season as Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, he has led the orchestra in highly acclaimed festivals, world premieres and commissioned works by Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Jennifer Higdon, Avner Dorman and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Mr. Raphel enjoys an active career as guest conductor. During the 2016-17 season, he appears with the San Antonio Symphony. In 2015, he led performances in Los Angeles at the gala opening of The Broad Museum. He returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra to conduct the world premiere of Uri Caine’s Passion of Octavius Catto. He has led the Bamberg Symphony in two recordings for Bayerischer Rundfunk. Mr. Raphel has appeared with most of the major American orchestras including Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

André Raphel made his European debut with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, and has also led the Moravska Philharmonie. In the U.S. he has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Seattle, the National Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra among others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut leading Robert Shaw and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a concert celebrating the centennial of legendary mezzo-soprano Marian Anderson. Mr. Raphel’s international engagements have further included appearances with the Auckland Philharmonia, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Columbia and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica.

A guest conductor at major music festivals, Mr. Raphel has led programs at the Blossom Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has also appeared at the Mann Center, Grant Park Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Brevard Music Festival, and the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil.

André Raphel served as an Assistant Conductor to Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic for two years. He was Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra for six years. Prior to his appointment in Philadelphia, Mr. Raphel served for three years as Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony where he worked with Leonard Slatkin.

Mr. Raphel has a strong commitment to education and audience development. In Fall 2016, he was appointed Conductor of the newly established Temple University Concert Orchestra. His commitment to education is further reflected in his work at leading conservatories and training programs. He has led the Juilliard Orchestra, New World Symphony, Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute and Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. In 2010, he launched a highly successful College Series with the Wheeling Symphony. During his tenure with the Saint Louis Symphony, he served as Music Director of the orchestra’s “In Unison” program, a partnership between the orchestra and local churches.

Born André Raphel Smith in Durham, North Carolina he began formal music lessons at age 11. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, and pursued further study at Yale University where he earned his Master’s Degree. While at Yale, he began conducting studies with Otto-Werner Mueller. He continued studies with Mueller at The Curtis Institute of Music earning a Diploma in conducting and at The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and received an Advanced Certificate in orchestral conducting.

Mr. Raphel is the recipient of numerous honors and awards which attest to his artistry. In 2012, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Miami. The Philadelphia Orchestra issued a special commemorative CD featuring William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1 with Mr. Raphel conducting. He received the Distinguished Service Award from Yale University. Mr. Raphel is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from West Liberty University. He has received Honorary Commendations from the cities of Philadelphia and Saint Louis. The North Carolina Senate awarded Mr. Raphel the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine.” The award, presented annually is the state’s highest honor for a civilian.