experience Rachmaninov’s blistering works in close proximity
“I love Rachmaninov, I love Tasmania and the TSO, and of course I love my son, so I cannot imagine a more thrilling and satisfying project than performing these sensational works in Federation Concert Hall, a home away from home.”
Here’s a formidable proposition: all four piano concertos by Rachmaninov in the space of only a few days. Taking on this gargantuan task is father and son team, Howard and Alexander Shelley.
With a lifetime’s experience of performing and recording the concertos of Rachmaninov, Howard Shelley is attuned to the fervour, muscularity and brilliance of this most pianistic of composers. No stranger to playing the Rachmaninov concertos as a cycle, Howard nonetheless has never performed them complete with his son, Alexander, as conductor. Since winning the Leeds Conductors Competition in 2005, Alexander Shelley has been a maestro in demand and currently holds leading positions in Europe and North America, including Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Rachmaninov’s blistering works in close proximity. A daunting proposition for the performers but exhilarating for the audience. Be part of it.