Sanderling: A Perfect Cadence

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

May 5 & 6, 2017

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Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Stefan Sanderling, Conductor

Martina Filjak, Piano

In his 15 year tenure as Principal Conductor of the Toledo Symphony, Maestro Stefan Sanderling set a new standard of musical excellence in Toledo. His final performance highlights works from the heart of Viennese symphonic tradition.


Beethoven - Coriolan Overture

Mozart - Piano Concerto in C Major K. 415

Brahms - Symphony No. 3

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Martina Filjak's performance is made possible by the generous support of Jonathan F. Orser, in honor of Stefan Sanderling.

Stefan Sanderling

Born in East Berlin in 1964, the son of the late legendary conductor Kurt Sanderling, Stefan Sanderling studied musicology at the University of Halle and conducting at the conservatory in Leipzig before leaving East Germany to continue his studies in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California.

From 1990 to 1995, Sanderling became one of Germany’s youngest conductors to take the position of General Music Director at the Brandenburgische Philharmonie and the Potsdam Opera. He was Music Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatstheater in Mainz 1995-2001 and served as Music Director of the Orchestre de Bretagne in France (1996-2004), before taking up his post as Music Director of The Florida Orchestra (2002-2012). He was Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony orchestra 2007-2011 and he has been Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Toledo Symphony since 2002. 

Sanderling was Awarded the Kilenyi Medal of Honor (Bruckner Medal) by the Board of Directors of the Bruckner Society of America for his contribution to the works of Anton Bruckner in April 2012, which included the performance of all of Bruckner’s symphonies with the Toledo Symphony over an 11 year period. He and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra experienced a notably successful debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the “Spring for Music” series, performing the music of Previn and Shostakovich.

As a leading international conductor of his generation, his worldwide guest conducting appearances include the Bamberg Symphony, Berliner Staatskapelle, Bournemouth Symphony, KonzerthausOrchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, NTO (Vienna), Philharmonia Orchestra London, Prague Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic London, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Vienna Radio Symphony. Mr. Sanderling has also guest conducted at both the Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper in Berlin. He made debuts in Australia with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in Japan with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. His highly successful debut with the NHK Symphony of Tokyo has resulted in regular appearances with that orchestra and several other orchestras in Tokyo and throughout Japan. 

Also an active recording artist, Stefan Sanderling made his first recording on the Sony Classics label with the London Symphony Orchestra, quickly followed by three CDs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring symphonies by Haydn and Mendelssohn. For Naxos, he has recorded the complete Tchaikovsky Orchestral Suites with the RTE National Orchestra of Ireland and Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. During his time as Music Director of the Orchestre de Bretagne he recorded and released fourteen CDs in all, some featuring early French music. In early 2012, he recorded works by Frederick Delius with The Florida Orchestra, for the Naxos label.

As of January 2016 Stefan Sanderling assumes his new post as Chief Conductor of the “Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Liechtenstein”

Martina Filjak

One of the most exciting young artists to emerge in recent years, Martina Filjak is garnering international praise for her poetic passion and technical mastery at the keyboard as well as for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence.

Martina Filjak came to international attention by winning the Gold Medal, the 1st prize and the Beethoven prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, which brought her numerous engagements in the United States and internationally. Prior to that, she won 1st prizes at the Maria Canals Piano Competition (Barcelona) and the Viotti Piano Competition (Vercelli), and was a laureate at the Busoni Piano Competition.

In recent years, Ms Filjak has performed with esteemed orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Bilbao Symphony and the Granada Symphony; the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, the Staatskapelle Weimar; the Israel Chamber Orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy. She has been heard in major international venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, l’Auditori and Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Sala Verdi in Milan, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, NDR Hall in Hannover, Residenz in Munich, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid.

Her most recent conductor collaborations include JoAnn Falletta, Michael Schonwandt, Christoph Poppen, Hans Graf, Sebastian Lang–Lessing, Josep Caballe-Domenech, Tito Munoz, Christopher Warren-Green and Stefan Sanderling.

The artist’s extensive repertoire ranges from Bach to Berio and encompasses more than 30 piano concertos. She is dedicated to continuous exploring of piano literature and various concert formats. Performing with orchestra takes the biggest part of her time and she frequently states that she enjoys the interaction and the exchange of energy between so many musicians on the stage.

An avid chamber musician, she frequently takes part in chamber music festivals, and has participated in the recording of Schumann's Andante and Variations with cellists Jan Vogler and Christian Poltera, released on Sony Classical (August 2013). Her recording of Sonatas by Padre Antonio Soler was released in 2011 on the Naxos label.

During the 2014-2015 season, Miss Filjak appears in Brazil and Japan and performs with the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra and Alan Buribayev, the Slovenian Philharmonic and Marcelo Lehninger, the Sinfonieorchester Aachen and Kazem Abdullah, the Zagreb Philharmonic and Hans Graf. She debuts with the Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi in Milano as well as at Milan's Serate Musicali. Upcoming performances in 2015-16 feature her with the Staatskapelle Halle and Josep Caballe Domenech, the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra and Markus Poschner, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Stefan Sanderling, the Phoenix Symphony and Tito Munoz the San Antonio Symphony and Karina Canellakis, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Donato Cabrera, and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and David Danzmayr in performances of concerti by Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms, Saint-Saens and Rachmaninov.

Martina speaks seven languages. Fortunately, for an active performer, she loves to travel.



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