Under the leadership of renowned Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, the National Symphony Orchestra performed February 19 at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. The program included “Adagio” for strings from Krzysztof Penderecki’s Symphony No. 3, Antonín Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92. Acclaimed cellist Daniel Müller-Schott was the soloist of the evening.
The concert was a prelude to the 20th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival organized by the Ludwig v. Beethoven Association.
The Embassy is a long term partner of the Association and a proud co-sponsor of the concert.
Wroclaw-born Christoph Eschenbach began his career in 1951 by winning first prize in the Steinway Young Pianist Competition. Over five decades of artistic activity, Christoph Eschenbach has built a voluminous discography as a pianist and conductor. Over the last six seasons, Maestro Eschenbach has been Music Director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. While maintaining a high artistic level, the orchestra gives more than 150 classical and popular concerts a year, appearing during important state (Memorial Day, Independence Day) and international events. It also performs a rich program of educational and charity concerts. The NSO was founded in 1931 and became the artistic affiliate of the Kennedy Center in 1986.
Another highlight of the concert in Warsaw was the performance of internationally acclaimed cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, who created a sensation by winning first prize at the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition (1992) at the age of 15.