RSNO musical salute to the Auld Alliance

MASKED balls, singing blacksmiths and a fairy queen: Bizet’s operatic portrait of Scotland might not be very accurate, but it is filled with terrific tunes!

You can find out at the Caird Hall, Dundee on Thursday, March 29 when the RSNO perform Beethoven Eight.

Glasgow-born conductor Douglas Boyd brings his trademark verve to the orchestra’s latest musical salute to the Auld Alliance, and ends the night with Beethoven’s firecracker of a Symphony. First, though, there’s the pure romance of Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with the sensational Ingrid Fliter and Faure’s enchanting Pavane.

Ingrid Fliter sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists to have received this honour.

The Gilmore Artist Award is presented to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possesses profound musicianship and charisma and who sustains a career as a major international concert artist Born in Buenos Aires, she began her piano studies in Argentina with Elizabeth Westerkamp. In 1992 she moved to Europe where she continued her studies at the Freiburg Musikhochschule with Vitaly Margulis, then in Rome with Carlo Bruno and with Franco Scala and Boris Petrushansky in Imola.

She was a laureate of the Ferruccio Busoni Competition in Italy and was awarded the silver medal at the 2000 Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw.

There will be a pre-concert talk in the Marryat Hall at 6.45 pm with Katherine Bryan, RSNO Principal Flute.