Dundee debut for German composer

GERMAN conductor Christoph Altstaedt, Chief Conductor of the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck, will make his RSNO and UK début in January 2013 replacing Andrey Boreyko.

He will conduct the orchestra at the Caird Hall, Dundee on Thursday, January 24 for the Dvorak Eight concert at 7.30 p.m.

The programme remains unchanged; Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ Open Ground, Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Rafał Blechacz, and Dvorák’s Symphony No 8.

Prior to the concert there will be a pre-concert talk at 6.45 p.m. with William Chandler, RSNO Associate Leader.

In 1997 Christoph commenced his piano studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and embarked on his conducting career with Joachim Harder at the Musikhochschule Detmold and with Hans-Dieter Baum at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

He was strongly influenced by master classes with Kurt Masur, Sebastian Weigle and Jorma Panula, as well as by assisting Pierre Boulez as part of the Composer Project at the Lucerne Festival Academy.

In addition to his post with the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck Chrisoph also holds the post of Kapellmeister for Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf where he conducts productions of La bohème, Carmen,Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro and Hänsel und Gretel.

As well as the Caird Hall concert, Dvorák Eight also features at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Friday, January 25, 7.30 p.m.) and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Saturday, January 26, 7.30 p.m). For more information log on to www.rsno.org.uk Ticket details from the Dundee City box office on 01382 434 940.

The new year season starts at the Caird Hall on Thursday, January 10 with the popular One Night in Vienna starring the Johann Strauss Dancers in glorious costumes of the period. Dancers whirl in graceful unison with billowing gowns.