A Scottish Symphony

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November 30 | 8 PM Abravanel Hall
December 1 | 8 PM Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, Conductor
Fumiaki Miura, Violin

Haydn - Symphony No. 3 in G major
Bruch - Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 46
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 3 in A minor
Debussy - Marche écossaise, sur un thème populaire

Explore the sounds of Scotland, through French and German eyes. Debussy and Bruch used traditional bagpiper tunes and folk songs like "Hey Tuttie Tatie" and "Auld Robb Morris" in their Highland tributes but Mendelssohn needed only the stunning visual beauty of the Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh to fire his imagination. Though the symphony doesn't use specific Scottish folk melodies, it is filled with the somber mists and tempestuous emotions of that faraway land. Whether by direct quote or subtle impression, the music of this program salutes a proud and unique culture.

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  • Program:

    Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 3 in G Major
    I. Allegro
    II. Andante moderato
    III. Menuet
    IV. [Allegro]
    Max Bruch - Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, op. 46
    Prelude: Grave
    I. Adagio cantabile
    II. Allegro
    III. Andante sostenuto
    IV. Finale: Allegro guerriero


    Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, op. 56, "Scottish"
    I. Andante con moto - Allegro agitato
    II. Scherzo assai vivace
    III. Adagio cantabile
    IV. Allegro guerriero - Finale maestoso
    Claude Debussy - Marche écossaise, sur un thème populaire

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  • Program Notes:

    Haydn - Symphony No. 3 in G Major

    Bruch - Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra

    Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish"

    Debussy - Marche écossaise, sur un thème populaire

  • Artist Profile:

    Fumiaki Miura, the First Prize Winner of the International Joseph Joachim Violin-Competition, Hannover 2009 was born in Japan in 1993, and comes from a musical family. His father is a concertmaster and his sister is studying the piano. Fumiaki Miura began to play the violin at the age of three. In 2008 he was admitted to the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo as one of the most promising future talents and until recently he studied there with Tsugio Tokunaga. Since the beginning of the 2009/10 winter semester, he continues his studies at the Vienna Conservatory with Prof. Pavel Vernikov. He regularly attends master classes for example with Pavel Vernikov, Jean-Jacques Kantrow and Zakhar Bron.

    He has already performed with many orchestras including the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Polish Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic,  Ensemble Kanazawa, Osaka Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.

    In the season 2012-13 Fumiaki will give his debut with NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, at Konzerthaus Vienna with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and also his first appearance in the US with Utah Symphony. A particular highlight of the current season will be the Polish premiere of Penderecki’s Concerto for Viola and Violin in November 2012 with Julian Rachlin and Poznan Philharmonic.

    Fumiaki Miura did not only win the First Prize of the Hannover Violin-Competition – he also won the Music Critics’ Prize and the Audience Prize of the 2009 competition and is therefore not only the youngest Winner in the history of the Competition, but also the one with the most prizes.

    In both 2003 and 2004 – as an elementary student – Fumiaki Miura won Second Prizes in the All Japan Students’ Music Competition. In 2006, he was awarded the Second Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition for Young Violinists. When participating in the Music Academy in Miyazaki he was awarded as one of the best performers in 2008 and 2009.