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Van Alphen & Solozobova
Van Alphen & Solozobova
04.08.2011 19.30 - 21.30
Odeion - Bloemfontein
Symphony Concert


Popular South African born conductor Conrad van Alphen is back to conduct the FSSO with Russian violinist Maria Solozobova as soloist in a programme consisting mostly of music by Tchaikovsky.

As artistic director and chief conductor of Sinfonia Rotterdam Conrad van Alphen has moulded this orchestra into one of the best in the Netherlands who host their own concert series in Rotterdam. Conrad also conducts Sinfonia Rotterdam in the concert series of leading Dutch halls such as the Concertgebauw in Amsterdam and De Doelen in Rotterdam, and regularly takes the orchestra on international tours.
Conrad has received excellent reviews internationally for his many recordings. To name a few labels: Telarc (works by Grieg, Dvorak and Elgar), Channel Classics (Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal for two guitars and orchestra  -  Editor’s choice in Gramophone Magazine), Raptus (reconstructions of recent Beethoven finds), Talent Records (Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies), Cybele (works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann) and Brilliant Classics (Bassoon concerto’s by Dupuy, Villa Lobos, Vivaldi and Othuis).

Conrad van Alphen is a popular guest conductor of various orchestras nationally and internationally.  He regularly conducts orchestras in The Netherlands, England, Germany, Bulgaria, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, South Africa, China and Mexico.

Maria Solozobova was born in Moscow. Maria Solozobova belongs to the most promising violinists of the new generation.  Maria graduated at the Moscow  Gnessin School of music for gifted children and the famous Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (concert diploma with honours); she further studied at the Music Academy in Zürich and Basel, where she got her diploma as a soloist in 2008. She studied violin with Prof. Irina Bochkova, Prof. Evgenia Tchugaeva, Prof. Zakhar Bron und Prof. Raphael Oleg.

Maria Solozobova has worked with many leading orchestras: Basel Symphonic Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Symphonisches Orchester Zurich, Genève Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Moskau Chamber Orchestra, Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestra, Roumanian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra.
She played as a soloist for chamber music in many international concert halls such as the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Concert Hall in Vienna, Philharmonic Hall in Lubljana, Stadtcasino in Basel, Victoria Hall in Geneve, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the National Concert Hall in Taipei with 2000 places and the Concert Hall of Tainan Municipal Cultural Center. She so had the opportunity to work with several famous conductors: Muhai Tang, V. Virbitzky, P. Csaba, V. Fedoseyev, H. Griffiths, V. Bulachov, M. Hofstetter. She performed chamber music with notable musicians: the pianists A. Volodin, U. Koella, G. Wyss, Y. Smirnov, I. Vinogradova, the cellists Sol Gabetta, D.Geringas, the violinists H. Schneerberger, A. Lysy, I. Bochkova.

In 2009 Maria Solozobova gave a remarkable debut at the Tonhalle Zürich with Haydn, Paganini and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, together with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra directed by Maestro Muhai Tang. The applause of the audience was enthusiastic. In 2009/2010, Maria Solozobova has successfully performed as a soloist at numerous important concert halls, including the Tonhalle Zürich, Victoria Hall Geneva, Stadt Casino Basel. She further performed  as a chamber musician and soloist with the Ensemble "Camerata Musica Barocca ", in the “Auditorium Wolfsberg”, in the Grand Resort Bad-Ragaz Music Festival and in the famous church of St. Peters in Zürich.

Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky Suite No.  ("Mzartiana")
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, opus 35




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.