Under the Royal patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation is proud to present its first fully classical concert for many months on Saturday 11th December 2021 at the Small Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre.
Concert B5 in the orchestra’s resuming season schedule, Resident Conductor Dr. Vanich Potavanich will direct the brass, woodwind, and string sections of the RBSO in a varied offering of musical delights – Sir Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings; Friedrich Gulda’s Concerto for Violoncello and Wind Orchestra; and Igor Stravinsky’s Suites No. 1 & 2.Friedrich Gulda created a quite brilliant, jazz and rock infused masterpiece of a contemporary violoncello concerto for the legendary virtuoso Heinrich Schiff in 1980, and in this concert it will be performed by an equally incredible Armenian musician, Sevak Avanesyan, who is widely considered to be amongst the very finest talents active today. Quite unconventional in style, this work captures an audience’s attention from the very outset.Sevak Avanesyan is described as "a musician of extraordinary virtuosity and a remarkable range of sound capacities" (Bernard Greenhouse) and "undoubtedly, one of the most gifted musicians of his generation” (Janos Starker).
Born in 1989 into a musical family, Sevak started studying cello at age of five with the well-known Armenian cellist Medea Abrahamyan, student of legendary Mstislav Rostropovich. He graduated with the highest distinction in 2010 and was then accepted in the class of the renowned cellist Claudio Bohorquez at the “Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler" in Berlin.Sevak has worked with highly respected conductors such as Hans Graf, Hugh Wolff, and George Pehlivanian. As a passionate chamber musician he has also collaborated with many well-known musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Augustin Dumay, Philippe Graffin, Pascal Devoyon, and Alexei Moshkov. He plays on the very first Mateo Goffriller cello from 1689, kindly given to him by his great mentor and inspiration, Mischa Maisky.