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Conductor David Afham Makes His New York Debut Leading the Juilliard Orchestra in Works by Brahms and Tchaikovsky on Monday, October 10 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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David Afkham by Chris Christodoulou
David Afkham by Chris Christodoulou

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The Juilliard Orchestra’s 2011-2012 season opens on Monday, October 10 at 8 PM in the School’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater with conductor David Afkham making his New York debut leading the Juilliard Orchestra in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major (soloist to be announced September 24) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36. Mr. Afkham, a protégé of Bernard Haitink’s, became the first recipient of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in August 2010. He currently is a Dudamel (conducting) fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Limited, FREE tickets to this concert will be available beginning September 26 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu

David Afkham was the winner of the 2008 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and was named assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for two years. He currently holds the post of assistant conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and is a Dudamel (conducting) fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2010, he made his debut with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, his Paris debut with the Orchestre National de Radio France, and debuted at the Salzburg Festival. Future engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw, DSO Berlin, Vienna Symphoniker, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Mozartwoche Salzburg. 

Born 1983 in Freiburg, Germany, Mr. Afkham began piano and violin studies at age six. At 15, he entered his native city’s University of Music to pursue studies in piano, music theory and conducting. He won first prize in the solo-piano category of the 2002 “Jugend Musiziert” German National Piano Competition. He then completed his training at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar. Mr. Afkham was the first recipient of the Bernard Haitink Fund for Young Talent, is a conducting fellow of the Richard Wagner Association Bayreuth, and a member of the Conductor’s Forum of the German Music Council. 

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major was composed between 1878 and 1881. The work had its premiere in Budapest on November 9, 1881 with the composer at the piano. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 was written between 1877 and 1878 and is in four movements. It is dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s friend and patroness, Nadezhda von Meck.

FOR LISTINGS:

Monday, October 10, 2011, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

David Afkham, conductor (New York debut)

Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

Limited, FREE concert; tickets will be available beginning September 26 at Juilliard’s Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.