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Odessa Classics: Sebastian Knauer and NOFO

8 June 2021, Tue. 19:00
from 1.73 EUR

About event

The high performing art of the German pianist Sebastian Knauer is familiar to the Odessa public from the previous ODESSA CLASSICS festivals.

National Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra
Hobart Earl (conductor)
Sebastian Knauer (piano)

Beethoven. Symphony No. 7
Hobart Earl (conductor)
Arash Safayan. Fantasy for piano and orchestra "This is (not) Beethoven"

Sebastian Knauer. A real event in the music world was the world premiere in Odessa in 2018 of the joint project of Knauer and the German-Iranian composer Arash Safayan "Überbach", which was carried out by Knauer with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra. The performance became a worldwide sensation and was awarded the prestigious ECHO KLASSIK Prize for a project that pushes the boundaries of classical music. In 2018-2020, "Überbach" was performed in the best concert halls in the world - and always with the same success.

And now the world premiere of a new project by Safayan and Knauer - fantasy for piano and orchestra "This is (not) Beethoven". It is noteworthy that the world premiere of this work took place in the year when mankind celebrated the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great composer. Arash Safayan's fantasy is a worthy expression of our admiration for the genius, whose music accompanies humanity on the way to peace and mutual understanding.

The Odessa National Philharmonic Orchestra was founded as the Odessa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in 1937. The only performing art group in Ukraine, which during the period of independence has twice raised its status, becoming first state (1993) and then national (2002). This was in recognition of the dynamic progress of the orchestra under the direction of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Hobart Earle.

Led by maestro H. Earl, the orchestra performed in the best concert halls in 15 countries of the world, including: Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington), Musikverein (Vienna), Barbicane Hall (London), Academy named after F. Liszt (Budapest), Philharmonic in Cologne, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, UN General Assembly Hall, National Auditorium (Madrid), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Davis Hall (San Francisco) and others ... Today residents of Odessa are proud of the orchestra's achievements and regularly fill the concert hall at its concerts. Under the direction of Hobart Earle, the ensemble has recorded CDs for the labels ASV and Naxos, which contain previously unrecorded works by Ukrainian composers.

Hobart Earle was born in Venezuela to an American family. Graduated from Trinity College London and the Department of Music, Princeton University (USA). After graduating from university he moved to the Austrian capital, where he studied conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music. He took part in international conducting master courses in Salzburg and Holland, as well as with Otto Werner-Müller in the USA. In 1987, as a participant in the Tenglewood Festival, he trained with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, and in the same year founded the American Music Ensemble Vienna / Ensemble for Viennese Music New York chamber orchestra in Vienna. With the orchestra, he has prepared more than 10 world premieres, recorded by Austrian Radio in Vienna, New York, Los Angeles, Washington and other cities. While touring with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in 1990, Hobart Earl met the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, and since then their fruitful collaboration has begun.

Over the years, the maestro has conducted a number of leading orchestras in Europe and the United States, and has also performed several performances at the National Opera of Greece and the Mythos Opera Festival (Italy). In 2013, Hobart Earl was awarded the honorary title of People's Artist of Ukraine.