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Russian Conductor Semyon Bychkov Talks with Mike Goldberg

Semyon Bychkov

Photo: Chris Christodoulou

Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov has enjoyed international success, leading orchestras in the United States and abroad. Bychkov currently holds the Klemperer Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Gunther Wand Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with whom he appears annually at the BBC Proms.

His recent attention has turned to a new project focusing on the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  Recordings of the symphonies and concertos, as well as plans for a series of Tchaikovsky residencies – including in Vienna and Paris – form the backbone of his programming which looks to the music of his formative years.

In late January/early February 2017, Bychkov will bring his Tchaikovsky project to New York, where the New York Philharmonic will present Beloved Friend – Tchaikovsky and His World: A Philharmonic Festival. New York’s three week series of symphonic and chamber concerts builds on much of the repertoire performed in London with the addition of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and the New York première of the new urtext edition of the 1879 version of Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by its champion, Kirill Gerstein.

I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Maestro Bychkov about his career and the Tchaikovsky Project. Enjoy the interview!


Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Music Host, 88.9 WCVE