Fateful – Brahms & Tchaikovsky

Date: Sunday 5 December, 2pm

Where: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Repertoire: Brahm’s Violin Concerto & Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

Tickets: Coming Soon

Let’s try that again! The hugely-anticipated final concert from last year, a casualty of Fate, is now rescheduled for 2021.

Who would want to miss this: two of the country’s most esteemed performers – conductor Alexander Briger AO and guest soloist Sydney Symphony concertmaster Andrew Haveron – in a program that features one of the greatest Romantic concertos plus one of its most dramatic symphonies, the two composed less than a year apart, each the fruit of their composer’s most fateful relationship.

Brahms’s Violin Concerto was dedicated to his friend Joseph Joachim, one of the 19th century’s greatest virtuosos, while Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony was dedicated to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck; artistic and financial support, in turn, enabling these masterpieces to come into existence.

Both works end in blazing fashion; Brahms in a rambunctious ‘Magyar’ finale, reminiscent of the Gypsy-style party turns he used to perform with his friend Joachim, and Tchaikovsky with a riotous Russian carnival atmosphere punctuated at its end by the motif of ‘Fate’ with which his symphony begins – life’s tumult stopped short before moving on. In 2021, a symbol of the times!


Conductor: Alexander Briger AO

Alexander Briger is one of Australia’s preeminent conductors, having worked with Maestros Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Riccardo Muti. Awarded the Order of Australia for “services to music as a leading conductor”, he is considered a specialist in the works of Janáček and Mozart.

Alexander’s recent engagements include performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Toulon Opera and John Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, following a hugely successful debut at the same theatre conducting the Paris premiere of Adams’ Nixon in China.

He has also worked with such orchestras as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble InterContemporain, Konzerthaus Orchester, Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum, Malaysian Philharmonic and every major Australian symphony orchestras.

He has performed regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London (collaborating with such soloists as Alfred Brendel, Maria Joao Pires and Murray Perahia) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including their 2004 China tour. He has also worked with such soloists as Paul Lewis, Kirill Gerstein and Julia Fisher.

Considered an opera specialist, Alexander has conducted for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro di San Carlo Opera, Naples, Berlin Komischeoper, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Australia amongst others.

In 2010, he founded the Australian World Orchestra, of which he is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.

Future engagements include concerts with the London Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, Jenůfa with the Montreal Opera, The Turn of the Screw at the Paris Philharmonie and Figaro at the Bolshoi, Moscow.