“One of the finest ensembles…in the world” (BBC Music), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is known for its exceptional performances and its multi-award-winning discography. In its first North American tour in ten years, the 40-person group performs a new work from Grammy-nominated British composer, Anna Clyne, alongside a trio of Classical-era composers. 

“The playing here was exhilarating from first note to last.” —The Times, London

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    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    The Scottish Chamber Orchestra makes a significant contribution to Scottish life both on the concert platform and beyond, working in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes and community centres through its award-winning Creative Learning programme.

    Our Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev has made quite an impression since joining the SCO last year. Increasingly in demand with leading orchestras and opera houses the world over, in our 2020/21 Concert Season we look forward to seven programmes from him, demonstrating the extraordinary range and vision of this outstanding young musician.

    Well-known for his passion and expertise in music from the Baroque and Classical eras, we will hear from Maxim as he perform Bach, Mozart and Schubert and demonstrates his love for great Russian music conducting major works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and - in the 50th anniversary of his death – Igor Stravinsky. 

    He showcases the music of American contemporary giant, John Adams, with three classic works -The Chairman DancesShaker Loops and the Violin Concerto. There is also music from France in the shape of Poulenc’s Suite Française and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and, joining forces once again with our magnificent SCO Chorus, he brings us one of the truly great works of art from the Romantic period – Brahms’ German Requiem.

    John Adams features elsewhere in the season too, with his Saxophone Concerto performed by the brilliant Jess Gillam. Jess is just one of many remarkable soloists we will welcome throughout the year, including violinists Nicola Benedetti and Lisa Batiashvili (who will share a concert with her husband, oboist and conductor François Leleux), cellist Alban Gerhardt, percussionist Colin Currie, sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Claire Booth, tenor Allan Clayton and pianists Gabriela Montero - who will perform Clara Schumann’s Concerto - and the dynamic Frenchman David Fray, who concludes the season with Ravel.

    Alongside them are some of our great conducting friends. Musicians who have developed a true rapport with players and audiences alike over many years - Joseph SwensenEmmanuel KrivineAndrew ManzeJohn StörgardsSir George Benjamin and, making her SCO debut, the outstanding Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro.

    Finnish conductor and violinist Pekka Kuusisto also makes a welcome return. Pekka’s programmes are always fascinating, invariably surprising and often provocative. Never afraid to confront the most pressing issues of the day through his great artistry, over two concerts he joins forces with two of Scotland’s most exciting musicians – Karine Polwart and Pippa Murphy – to present music which addresses perhaps the most pressing issue of our time, climate change.

    During the course of 23 weeks, you can hear one of the finest orchestras in the world making music with many of the greatest artists of the day, performing works from the UK, France, Germany, Austria, America, Russia, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Sweden and Finland - some of which may well be very familiar to you, some less so; some which has been unfairly neglected over the years and some that is brand new.

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    Maxim Emelyanychev

    An outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors, Maxim Emelyanychev was born in 1988 to a family of musicians. He received his fundamental education in Nizhny Novgorod (conducting and piano) then with Gennady Rozhdestvensky in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

    Maxim is a prize-winner of numerous international competitions (harpsichord, conducting from the piano) and, in 2013, was awarded the highest Russian theatre prize "Golden Mask" as fortepianist in stage production of Nozze di Figaro of Perm opera theatre, conducted by Theodor Currentzis. (CD by Sony Classical).

    Since his conducting debut at the age of 12, he is invited by numerous Russian and international renowned orchestras, both baroque and symphonic. He is Principal Conductor of Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Nizhny-Novgorod Youth Symphony Orchestra.

    He collaborates with such renowned artists as Riccardo Minasi, Max Emanuel Cencic, Xavier Sabata, Julia Lezhneva, Sophie Karthäuser, Franco Fagioli, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Alexei Lubimov, Theodor Currentzis, Patrizia Ciofi, Stephen Hough, Richard Goode, Katia and Marielle Labèque or Joyce DiDonato.

    The season 2016-17 is marked by a major international tour at the head of Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra with Joyce DiDonato and the release of their Warner Classics recording (In War and Peace, Harmony through music), which received the GRAMOPHONE AWARD 2017; debut at the Opernhaus Zürich for Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail and debut with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, which re-invited him on the spot for three concerts in October 2017.

    Highlights of his 2018/19 season include three performances with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and his fourth appearance with the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla. He also makes his debut with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, and conducts the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano LaVerdi, Orchestre National de Belgique, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, St Petersburg Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    In 2019/20, alongside taking up his position with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as their Principal Conductor, he conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in two of the major international opera institutions: The Glyndebourne Festival (Handel Rinaldo) and the Royal Opera House (Handel Agrippina). He returns to the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in three different programmes for the third season in a row. He also returns to the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Other engagements include the Berliner Konzerhausorchester, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony. The following season sees him, among other engagements, in the opera of the Geneva Grand Theatre in Mozart Clemenza di Tito, the Toulouse Théâtre du Capitole in Mozart Magic Flute and his debuts with the Münchner Philharmoniker conducting Beethoven 9th Symphony.

    Maxim Emelyanychev’s CD dedicated to Mozart Sonatas on piano-forte (Aparté label) win several prestigious awards, including a Choc of Classica 2018 and the ICMA 2019. In October 2018 is released on Aparté his CD of Beethoven Symphon no.3 and Brahms Haydn Variations with the Nizhny-Novgorod Soloists Chamber Orchestra. In April 2019 he receives the most distinguished international Opera Award, category New Comer.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K.183

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII:11

Anna Clyne (b. 1980)

Sound and Fury (Baltimore Premiere)

Pavel Vranický (1756-1808)

Symphony in D major, Op. 36

Program Subject to Change Without Notice