The Scottish Symphony

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

April 5 & 6, 2019

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Giordano Bellincampi, conductor
Leonardo Colafelice, piano

Cherubini - Overture to Medea
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 3 "Scottish"

Take a tour of the Scottish countryside in Mendelssohn's brilliant Symphony No. 3. Audience favorites, conductor Giordano Bellincampi and internationally-acclaimed pianist Leonardo Colafelice, return to the Peristyle stage for this program, which also features Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, a work full of drama, edge, and awe-inspiring virtuosity.

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Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia. Born in Italy and moving to Copenhagen at a young age, he began his career as a trombonist with the Royal Danish Orchestra before making his professional conducting debut in 1994. Previously, he was the Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali, Milan, Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra from 2013 - 2018, General Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic from 2012 - 2017, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera, Aarhus from 2005 - 2013, Music Director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000 - 2006 and, between 1997 - 2000, he was also Chief Conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the leading contemporary ensemble in Denmark. Bellincampi enjoys regular relationships as a guest with many orchestras around the world, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe, including the Royal Stockholm, Rotterdam and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras and the St Petersburg Symphony, but also in North America, Asia and Australia. With an enormous repertoire embracing classical, romantic and contemporary music, he is particularly celebrated for his prowess in the Central European, Italian and Scandinavian symphonic traditions, and for his interpretations of significant choral and vocal works.

Highlights of recent seasons have included concert performances of Verdi’s ‘Aida’ and Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’ with the Auckland Philharmonia, and gala performances of Wagner’s operatic and orchestral music with the Duisburg Philharmonic to mark the re-opening of the orchestra’s home in Duisburg’s Mercatorhalle, as well as a strongly-acclaimed visit to Amsterdam’s legendary Concertgebouw Hall, in repertoire by Nielsen, Sibelius and Beethoven. The 2017/18 season included performances with I Pomeriggi Musicali and Tasmanian Symphony, four programmes with the Toledo Symphony, and a debut with Sofia National Opera, performing Verdi’s ‘Requiem’, and returning later in the season for ‘Aida’. In the 18/19 season, Bellincampi makes appearances alongside the Orchestra della Toscana, Estonian National Symphony, Victoria Symphony, and Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, as well as returning to Toledo Symphony, and bringing a concert performance of Strauss’ ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ to Auckland Philharmonia. Bellincampi will also continue his educational work, conducting Auckland’s prestigious Michael Hill Violin Competition and the New Zealand Aria singing contest, and working alongside the young players of the Australian Youth Orchestra at the National Music Camp.

He has excelled also in the field of opera since making his debut with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen with ‘La Boheme’ in 2000. He has since then conducted many of the great Italian works at the Royal Opera with particular focus on Puccini and Verdi, including leading their acclaimed new production of ‘Aida’ at the opening of their new theatre in 2005. He has also appeared extensively with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, with whom he closed the 12/13 season with a new production of ‘Luisa Miller’, and in 13/14 season he conducted further performances of ‘Luisa Miller’ and ‘Norma’ in addition to ‘La Boheme’ and ‘Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci’. Whilst Music Director of the Danish National Opera, Bellincampi conducted works such as ‘Der Rosenkavalier’, ‘Der Fliegende Holländer’, ‘Tristan und Isolde’, ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘Die Zauberflöte’. He also maintains close connections with many of the world’s leading opera singers including Angela Gheorghiu, Joseph Calleja and Roberto Alagna, regularly working with them in orchestral galas and recitals, as well as being a muchrequested accompanist by leading instrumentalists such as Sarah Chang and Angela Hewitt.

Bellincampi’s extensive discography includes numerous recordings for the Da Capo and Marco Polo labels of Danish composers from the classical era through to the present day including Holmboe, Lumbye, Joachim Andersen, Per Norgard, and the premiere recording of Weyse’s opera ‘Sovedrikken’, as well as Italian opera arias with Liping Zhang and the Prague Philharmonia, and Nielsen’s Third Symphony for EMI Classics, and works by Svendsen and Walton. 2016 saw the release of his first recording with the Duisburg Philharmonic, featuring Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with soloist Kolja Blacher.

As Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy Giordano Bellincampi is dedicated to the work of educating coming generations of orchestra musicians and conductors, and he also regularly gives masterclasses and serves as a jury member for a number of international conducting competitions. In 2010 he was created a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, an award bestowed by the Danish Royal Family for services to Danish culture, and he also holds the title of Cavaliere from thePresident of Italy for his international promotion of Italian music.

 

In August 2016, Leonardo Colafelice was awarded Second Prize in the prestigious "Cleveland International Piano Competition" and also received 3 special awards: Audience Prize, Best Performance of a Russian Piece, and The Junior Jury Prize.

Prior to that, Leonardo was awarded with several international prizes:  in May 2014 as a young 18- year old, Leonardo Colafelice was one of the six finalists during the "Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition" in Tel Aviv.  At the end of the competition, he also received three important special prizes: Best Performer of a Classical Concerto, Best Performer of a Chopin Composition, and finally, Most Outstanding Pianist up to 22 Years of Age. Also in October 2014, he was awarded the "A. B. Michelangeli" prize from the city of Eppan in Northern Italy.

Between 2012 and 2013, he won several important international awards:  Gold Medal at the "Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition" in Salt Lake City (USA); First Prize at the "Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition" in Oberlin and Cleveland (USA); Gold Medal at the "Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition" in Rochester (USA); all in 2012.  In 2013, he was awarded: Gold Medal at the "Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition" in Arizona, where Martha Argerich herself personally handed him his Award; First Prize at the "Aarhus Competition" in Denmark; and finally, First Prize at the "Hilton Head Competition" in South Carolina (USA).

He was also the First Prize winner at many other international piano competitions including:"The Young Pianists of the North International Piano Competition" in Newcastle (UK);  "The International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Artists" in Szafarnia (Poland); "The Concours Musical de France" in Paris; "The International Tournament of Music" (TIM) in Verona (Italy); and "The Premio Città di Padova" in Padua (Italy).

Born in 1995 in Altamura (Bari), Southern Italy, Leonardo was graduated as a pupil of Pasquale Iannone at the renowned "Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Music" in Bari.

Leonardo currently teaches Piano Performance at the "F. Torrefranca" Conservatory of Music in Vibo Valentia and at the age of 21, this makes him the youngest conservatory teacher in all of Italy.

Colafelice is regularly invited to play in the principal Italian cities including Milano, Turin, Roma, Bologna, Messina, Palermo, Catania, Bari, Padova, Venezia, Verona, Caserta, etc., as well as abroad in various venues in the United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, Norway, Chile, and Georgia.

He has performed with numerous and prestigious orchestras like:  The Cleveland Orchestra, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, The Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, The Chile Symphony Orchestra, The Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali, The Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and many more.

 

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