The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra is embarking on a concert tour of Asia. It will play 17 concerts at the La Folle Journée Festival in Japan and, for the first time in the history of the ensemble, the Orchestra will play three concerts in China (2-16 May 2015).
As became customary, at the turn of April and May Sinfonia Varsovia is travelling to Japan to play at that country’s edition of La Folle Journée – the festival that popularises classical music. As every year, the first and largest edition of the festival took place in France at the turn of January and February.
Each edition of La Folle Journée is programmed according to a certain theme. In 2014 the festival revolved around American music. This year the main theme of the festival is “Passions of Heart and Soul”. Sinfonia Varsovia’s concert programmes in Tokyo and Niigata include works by Bach, Viennese classical composers Mozart and Beethoven, foremost representatives of the Romantic era: Chopin, Dvořák, Brahms and Grieg and composers of the 20th century: Rodrigo, Britten and Marquez.
The Orchestra will be directed by young American conductor Robert Trevino, who has garnered warm praise from critics and audience alike after Sinfonia Varsovia’s concert at the most recent Beethoven Festival in Warsaw. Among the many soloists playing with the Orchestra in Japan are violinist Augustin Dumay and pianist Yulianna Avdeeva.
It is worth noting that all of Sinfonia Varsovia’s concerts at the La Folle Journée Festival in Japan take place in enormous concert halls. The one at the City Performing Arts Center in Niigata holds an audience of approximately 2000, while the Tokyo International Forum more than 5000!
After 9 days and 17 concerts at the Japanese La Folle Journée, Sinfonia Varsovia flies to China, where it will perform three concerts under the direction of Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk. The artists will play in the most prestigious concert hall in China: the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The Orchestra will also play at the Grand Theatre in Tianjin and at the Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan. Concert programmes include Serge Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1 Op.25 in D major “Classical” and works by Polish composers: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s “Three Pieces in Old Style”, Andrzej Panufnik’s Violin Concerto with soloist Jakub Haufa and Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 Op.21 in F minor, interpreted by Paweł Wakarecy and famous Chinese pianist Chen Sa.
Sinfonia Varsovia’s concert tour of China is an event held as part of the Polish season in China, organised jointly by Culture.pl, The Polish Institute in Beijing, the Tianjin Grand Theatre, the National Center of Performing Arts and Beijing Poly.
More about Sinfonia Varsovia’s concerts in Japan: http://sinfoniavarsovia.org/pl/2015-05-02-la-folle-journ-e-japonia.html
More about Sinfonia Varsovia’s concerts in China: http://sinfoniavarsovia.org/pl/2015-05-12-tourn-e-chiny.html
More about the La Folle Journée Festival: http://szalonednimuzyki.pl/