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Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) will perform a concert, titled ‘Northern European Impressions by Grieg and Sibelius’, at the Opera House of the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) tomorrow (June 25) at 7.30pm.
The programme includes Sibelius’ most enduring work ‘Finlandia’, the symbol of ending the struggle for nationhood, in addition to ‘Peer Gynt, Suite No 1’ by Edvard Grieg, the universal favourite for its bright and cheery character. The programme will wind up with the romantic and memorable melodies of Sibelius’ Symphony No.2.
Elias Grandy is the conductor of the concert. He has quickly established himself as one of the leading conductors of today, and enjoys an international career that encompasses opera and symphony concerts.
Currently in his 6th season as Music Director of the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra Heidelberg, he has continued to grow the city’s artistic reputation as one of Germany’s most fascinating centres for symphonic music and opera.
Programming diverse repertoire, ranging from highly acclaimed interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini and Janacek to widespread recognition for performances of contemporary works such as “Morgen und Abend” by Georg Friedrich Haas or Peter Ruzicka’s “Benjamin”, he is known for his energetic impact he brings to each performance.
His contract in Heidelberg has been recently extended through the 2023-2024 season.
Elias attracted worldwide attention in 2015 at the 7th Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition with his prize winning performance. From 2012 to 2015, he was Resident Conductor at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. Elias has and continues to enjoy a close relationship with the QPO.
The 19-20 season marked several notable debuts resulting in immediate re-invitations in upcoming seasons. The recent and upcoming highlights include concert performances in Frankfurt with the Radio Orchestra as well as the Museumsorchester, the Bremer Philharmoniker, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, the Munich Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, the symphony orchestras of Sapporo and Yomiuri Nippon and the Weimar Staatskapelle among many others.
Extensive tours of Europe with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany (Bundesjugendorchester) and a tour of China with the Qatar Philharmonic in the pit, Elias will conduct Berg’s “Lulu” and Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at Heidelberg Opera among other titles.
Born in Germany to Japanese and German parents, Elias studied conducting, cello and music theory in Basel, Munich and Berlin. He played as a cellist in the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio and the Komische Oper Berlin.
Jean Sibelius’ tone poem Finlandia became the composer’s most enduring work in part because of the political climate in Finland at the time of its creation. Russia imposed a strict censorship policy on the small nation in 1899.
In October of that year, Sibelius composed a melodrama to Finnish writer Zachria Topelius’ poem The Melting of the Ice on the Ulea River, which is marked by a particularly patriotic fervour.
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