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Gérard Korsten
Gérard Korsten
26.05.2011 19.30 - 21.30
Odeion - Bloemfontein
Symphony Concert


Anton EBERL Symphony in C maj
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat maj for Violin, Viola and Orchestra
Soloists: Denise Sutton (violin), Jeanne-Louise Moolman (viola)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1

Born in South Africa, Gérard Korsten began his career as a violinist after studying with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute and with Sándor Végh in Salzburg. Following his studies in the US and Europe he became Concertmaster and Assistant Music Director of the Camerata Salzburg and later Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from 1987 to 1996 when he left the COE to concentrate on conducting. He held positions of Principal Conductor of the State Theatre in Pretoria and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra before he was appointed Music Director of the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari from 1999 to 2005.
Since then Gérard Korsten has appeared in most notable opera houses and concert halls around Europe including Teatro La Scala Milan, Maggio Musicale Florence, Teatro Reggio di Parma, Teatro Lirico Verdi Trieste, Opéra de Lyon, Royal Swedish Opera, Netherlands Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
His past symphonic engagements have included concerts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Turin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Swedish Radio Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon and Melbourne Symphony orchestras. Among his recordings are the CD of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade and Souvenir de Florence with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on Deutsche Grammophon, Die ägyptische Helena, Euryanthe and Alfonso und Estrella with the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari on CD and DVD with Dynamic, as well as a DVD recording of Don Pasquale released on TDK.
Highlights of recent and forthcoming engagements include concerts with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the Beijing Festival, London Mozart Players, Bamberg Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden & Freiburg and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Gérard Korsten is currently Music Director Designate of the London Mozart Players and Principal Conductor of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz.




The Odeion is an intimate theatre on the campus of the University of the Free State with ideal accoustics for chamber music and symphony concerts.