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BY Iride Aparicio

Photos Courtesy: The SF Symphony

SAN FRANCISCO, CA --In January 2022, Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the San Francisco Symphony orchestra in two concert programs at Davies Symphony Hall. The first concert program will feature cellist Gautier Capuçon playing Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No.5, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello concerto No 2, on the nights of JANUARY 20, 21, and 22, and the second concert program will will feature pianist Yuja Wang playing the Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.1, on the nights of JANUARY 27, 28 and 29.

In l995, Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas became the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and his tenure was a period of significant growth for the symphony which became notable for Thomas' innovative programming that enhanced the concert experience with multimedia, creative staging, and for the first time showcasing the works of American composers. His programs attracted new audience to orchestral music. After he completed his remarkable 25 year tenure as Music Director Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, he continues to lead the orchestra in four weeks concerts annually.

Music Director Laureate Tilson Thomas is also the Artistic Director of the New World Symphony (NWS) which he cofounded in l987 , a postgraduate orchestral academy in Miami Beach dedicated to prepare young musicians of diverse background for leadership roles in classical music and has worked with more than 1,100 NWS fellows, many of whom have gone onto careers with major orchestras. He is also Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra and has the honor to have conducted the major orchestras of Europe and the United States. As a major figure in Classical Music, his more than 120 recordings discography has won him numerous international awards, including twelve Grammys for the San Francisco Symphony recordings. During his outstanding musical career, Music Director Laureate Tilson Thomas is also involved with the Arts in general.   He is an Off icier de l'Ordre des Arts et des lettres of France, a member of the American Academies of Arts and Sciences and Arts and Letters, a National Medal of Arts recipient and a member of the California Hall of Fame.

Also performing in the San Francisco Symphony's  January concerts will be famous French cellist Gautier Capuçon.

French Cellist Gautier Capuçon

Capuçon, was born in Chambéry, Savoie in the French Alps. He started learning to play cello when he was four years old and displayed his talent from the time he began his formal musical education in his hometown at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Chambéry where he graduated with first prices in Cello and piano.

As a cellist, Capuçon's, who records exclusively for Erato ( Warner's Classics) is considered a world's virtuoso cellist. During his professional career, he has been the winner of various first prizes including the famous International André Navarra Prize. He also  won Victoires de la Musique' s title  "New talent of the Year," which is given to a musician considered the year's best, in 2001, and  the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award for musical excellence in 2004.

As a cellist and by the music critics, the artist has has been acclaimed internationally for his expressive musicianship and for the sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller Cello which is unique. Now, Gautier Capuçion only performs with the world's foremost conductors, each season, which is the reason why he is coming to San Francisco where on January 20-22, he will be performing Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No 5 and Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 2 under Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony.

Another international artist participating in the unique concert will be Chinese classical pianist Yuja Wang. Born in Beijing, he began studying piano at the age of six, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of music in Beijing and then to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Pianist Yuja Wang

Internationally recognized by age 21, He began giving recitals around the world. She has received critical praise for her performances, and attracted attention by her choice of clothes in performances. Gary Graffman, the American Classical piano teacher , who Wang studied under for five years at The Curtis Institute, said about Wang that her technique impressed him, during her audition, but that what delighted him were her intelligence, good taste and her interpretations at the piano.

Among her honors, Wang was named Biennial Gilmore young Artist winner in 2005 and a year later made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo@ Vail Music Festival. The following season she performed with the orchestra under Lorin Maazel during the tour of Japan and Korea by the Philharmonic. Her breakthrough, however,came when she replaced Martha Argerich in her concerts in Boston with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where Wang performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No l With Charles Dutoit conducting.

In 2012, pianist Yuja Wang made her US debut with a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York city and since then has performed with many orchestras in the U.SA. Among them Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and now San Francisco where she will perform Franz List's Piano Concerto No. l on January 27-29 under the direction of Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas.

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There will be a Pre Concert "Inside Music" Talk by
Peter Grunberg from the stage one hour prior to the January 20-22 Performances and a one hour talk by John Platoff from the stage one hour prior to the January 27-29 Performances. The talks will be free to all concert ticket holders

For tickets and information go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2021-22/MTT-CAPUCON-SHOSTAKOVICH


Broadcast/Archived Stream a broadcast of these performances will air February 8 at 8 PM on Classic KDFC 90.1 San Francisco, 104.9 San Jose where it will be available on demand streaming for 21 days following the broadcast.