Alexandre Bloch, conductor
Liza Kerob, violin
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Francis Poulenc: Sinfonietta
Hector Berlioz: Rêverie et Caprice
Ernest Chausson: Poème op. 25
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in C major
There are shades of the Seine on the banks of Aurajoki river as the Turku Philharmonic presents a programme of French music from the turn of the 20th century under Alexandre Bloch, returning for a second appearance with the orchestra. Poulenc’s lilting and rhythmic Sinfonietta forms a natural pair with the temperamental Symphony of Igor Stravinsky, who also used to live in France. Liza Kerob performs two lovely, lyrical works: Rêverie et Caprice by Berlioz and Poème by Chausson. Kerob has recorded the Berlioz with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic.
French-born Alexandre Bloch assumed the position of Music Director of Orchestre National de Lille at the start of the 2016/17 season and has been Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorfer Symphoniker since September 2015.
Plans for the 2019/20 season with Lille include performances at the Bucharest Festival and the continuation of their Mahler Cycle (Symphonies 6, 7, 8 and 9) in Lille. The partnership’s strong commitment to contemporary music continues, including a new co-commission with the London Philharmonic Orchestra of a new work by celebrated Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg.
Recent highlights include debuts with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tiroler Landstheater Orchester Innsbruck and Gurzenich-Orchester Köln and his acclaimed debut for Opéra de Lyon conducting George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence.
Shortly after his Donatella Flick Competition success in 2012 he made his debut with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, replacing Mariss Jansons at short notice to conduct three performances including Richard Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung and a Jörg Widmann commission for large orchestra.
Born in 1985, Alexandre first graduated with diplomas in cello performance, harmony and conducting. He then entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, to further his studies in composition and conducting. In 2012, he completed his Master’s Degree in Conducting in the studio of Zsolt Nagy, prior to gaining a Diploma and the Sir John Zochonis Junior Fellowship (2012/13 season) at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Liza Kerob was born in Tours in 1973 and began playing the violin at the age of 5 at the Tours Conservatoire. There, at only 15, she obtained a unanimous 1st Prize in Violin in the class of Christophe Poiget. Liza Kerob then entered the Paris Superior Conservatoire, where she was unanimously awarded 1st Prize in chamber music in 1991 in Michel Strauss ‘ class ans 1st Prize in Violin in 1992 in Gérard Poulet’s class.
The same year, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, in Aaron Rosand’s class. She left in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree, then continued her musical studies at the Juilliard School in New York in Glenn Dicterow’s class, where she gained a Master’s in 1998. She developed with renowned soloists and professors such as Eduard Schmieder, Hermann Krebbers, Erik Friedmann, Felix Galimir and Viktor Danchenko.
As a laureate of the Fondation Natexis, Liza Kerob won many rewards in international violin competitions, including the 2nd Grand Prize at the Douai competition in 1996, 1st Prize at the Artists International Competition in New York in 1998 and 4th Prize in the Pablo de Sarasate competition in Spain in 1999.
In May 2000, she was named « Supersoloist » of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Marek Janowski. She frequently performs recitals and solos, playing concertos by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Sibelius, Lalo, Khatchaturian, Mendelssohn, Bruch, accompanied by numerous orchestras in France and abroad, conducted by Marek Janowski, Walter Weller, Laurence Foster, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Pascal Rophé, Kazuki Yamada among others… She is also regularly invited as Supersoloist at the National Orchestra of Capitole de Toulouse.
She regularly shares the stage with renowned performers including Roustem Saitkoulov, Vadim Repin, Philippe Bianconi, Vahan Mardirossian, Nicolas Bringuier, Gary Hoffman, Eric-Maria Couturier, Laurent Wagshal, Jean-François Zygel, Olivier Charlier and Shani Diluka, and she also engages in the joys of jazz music and improvisation.
In 2013, she founded the Trio Goldberg, and the 3 musicians realised a recording of Bach famous « Goldberg Variations », in the transcription for string trio by Dmitry Sitkovetski, and the trio was right away invited by numerous festivals such as the Folle Journée of Nantes, of Ekaterinnourg, of Varsovie, the festival de Chaillol and the Musée d’Orsay.
The Trio Goldberg recorded a second cd in 2018, named « De l’Ombre à la Lumière », including works by G. Klein, M. Weinberg, J. Cras an E.v. Dohnanyi. This cd was highly praised by French and international critics. As a soloist, Liza Kerob recorded Berlioz’s « Rêverie et Caprice » with the Monte_Carlo Orchestra under the direction of Kazuki Yamada in 2017, and the Bacalov’s Concerto Grosso under the direction of Luis Bacalov. This cd will be released in winter 2019. Liza Kerob plays on a violin made by Battista Gabbrielli in Florence in 1754, which is lent to her by a private Swiss collection.
Allegro con fuoco
Moderato alla breve
Largo – Tempo giusto, alla breve