Fr. 07. July '23

20:00 Uhr


Historische Stadthalle

Maki Namekawa | MDR Symphony Orchestra | Dennis Russell Davies

Philip Glass, Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies are laureates of the Ruhr Piano Festival 2017

Closing concert | Philip Glass

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Charles E. Ives: Variations on “America” (orchestrated by William Schuman)
Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story
Alberto Ginastera: Danzas del Ballet “Estancia” (Suite for Orchestra op. 8a)
Philip Glass: “M” – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Arranged by Michael Riesman from the Original Motion Picture Score for Mishima by Philip Glass (world premiere of the work commissioned by the Ruhr Piano Festival)


When we chose to jointly honor three artists by awarding them the Ruhr Piano Festival Prize in 2017, we particularly sought to acknowledge the thrilling, successful fruits of an artistic friendship that has spanned decades. Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies performed the world premiere of Philip Glass’s “Four Movements for Two Pianos” at the 2008 Ruhr Piano Festival, followed by the world premiere of “Two Movements for Four Pianos” with the Labèque sisters in 2013, and Namekawa’s solo premiere of Glass’s “Piano Sonata” in 2019; all these works were commissioned by the Ruhr Piano Festival. The circle of world premieres now comes to a satisfactory close. With Dennis Russell Davies conducting the MDR Orchestra, Maki Namekawa will perform the world premiere of Glass’s new piano concerto, another work commissioned by the Festival – certainly a fitting way of closing this year’s 2022 edition!
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Maki Namekawa

Maki Namekawa studied piano at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo with professors Mikio Ikezawa and Henriette Puig-Roget. In 1994 she won the Leonid Kreutzer Prize in Japan. In 1995 she continued her...



Die Geschichte des MDR-Sinfonieorchesters ist fast so alt wie die des Rundfunks. Heute zählt das Orchester zu den lebendigsten und innovativsten seiner Art und setzt mit kreativen Programmen Akzente ...


Dennis Russell Davies

Dennis Russell Davies studied piano and conducting at Juilliard School in New York City, and went on to launch his career as orchestra conductor at the head of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In Ger...


Historical Town Hall

Die Historische Stadthalle ist eines der schönsten Konzerthäuser Europas. 1900 wurde die Stadthalle auf Initiative von Bürgern und Unternehmern der Stadt im prachtvoll-üppigen wilhelminischen Stil...




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