Closing of the Season
Giovanni Bellucci is considered one of the most influential pianists of our time. His recording of Franz Liszt’s Paraphrases of Verdi and Bellini operas was included in Diapason magazine’s selection of the all-time top 10 Liszt recordings. Bellucci “takes us back to the golden age of the piano”. (Le Monde)
G. Bellucci took his degree summa cum laude and honourable mention at the ‘S. Cecilia’ Conservatoire. Lazar Berman called him to study at the Accademia Pianistica in Imola. He performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, the ‘Sinfonia Varsovia’, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, etc. Giovanni Bellucci performed at the most prestigious venues: the Musikverein in Vienna, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, the Mannheim’s National Theatre; participated in well-known music festivals, among them the “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Festival” of Brescia and Bergamo, the Yokohama Festival, the Piano Festival in Singapore, the Lugano Festival. Giovanni Bellucci performed at the Festival of Radio France the complete Hungarian Rhapsodies by F. Liszt. All his CDs, published by Decca, Warner Classics, Accord-Universal, Opus 106, Assai, Danacord, have been awarded by the most prestigious specialist publications in Le Monde de la Musique, Rйpertoire, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine.
Andris Poga graduated in conducting from the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in 2007. From 2004 to 2005 he was taught conducting by Uros Lajovic at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts and also studied philosophy at the University of Latvia. While still a student, he took part in the master classes of conductors including Mariss Jansons, Seiji Ozawa and Leif Segerstam.
Andris Poga won the Latvia Great Music Award in 2007, he is also awarded with the First Prize of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Montpellier 2010. “The Jury of the Svetlanov Competition…recognised pure musical qualities devoid of showmanship, and a sensitive, thoughtful approach to music.” Since then, he conducted many orchestras such as: New Japan Philharmonic, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Sendai Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
Since 2011 Andris Poga is the assistant conductor of Paavo Jдrvi at the Orchestre de Paris and has just been nominated assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, starting 2012/2013 season.