SUNDAY 3 February 2019 3PM

Mozart – Overture: La Clemenza di Tito
Mendelssohn – Symphony No 4 in A (Italian)
Brahms – Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor

Soloist: Aleksandar Djermanović (piano)
Conductor: Neil Thomson

Regulars in our RTWSO audience may remember our February 2014 concert when pianist Aleksandar Djermanović stepped in on the day of the concert to play Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 when our soloist was indisposed.

We are now delighted to have him back (this time with plenty of notice!) to play Brahms’s mighty Piano Concerto No 1 under the baton of Neil Thomson. Neil has been a regular RTWSO conductor for many years and, by chance he was also conducting at that memorable 2014 concert!

We start with Mozart’s overture to his late opera La Clemenza di Tito. Though not as well known as other Mozart overtures it is a noble and stirring work that deserves to be heard more often.

Our concert ends with Mendelssohn’s ever-popular Italian Symphony, brilliantly evoking the colour and atmosphere that inspired the composer during a trip to Italy.

Aleksandar Djermanović (piano)

Aleksandar Djermanović is a pianist currently on his Doctoral studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Serbia) under the mentorship of Dr Dorian Leljak and on a Postgraduate course at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg
studying with Jacques Rouvier. He has recently finished RCM’s Artist Diploma course studying with Ian Jones and Dmitri Alexeev with whom he had previously finished his Master studies.

After the studies he held a post as a Junior Fellow at the RCM being awarded the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellowship in piano accompaniment for 2015/16 and was selected as a Park Lane Young Artist for 2016/2017 with the violinist Eunsley Park.

He has performed throughout Europe in venues such as Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), in London at Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, Steinway Hall, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Southbank Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the French Institute as well as giving many performances at RCM, also at Kolarčeva Zadužbina (Belgrade), Pump-room Hall (Bath), Concert Halls of Skandenborg and Viborg (Denmark), Hubad Hall (Ljubljana).

He was a last minute substitution for a concert with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra performing the Chopin Piano Concerto No 1 under Neil Thomson. He played for a concert at the French Institute in London which was recorded by the BBC3 Radio. Recently he performed a concert at St John’s Smith Square with the YMSO performing Prokofiev’s piano concerto no.3 under James Blair.

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