This Friday's concert is conducted by Víctor Pablo Pérez with Anastasia Kobelina playing as a soloist cello. The concert includes a composition by Stravinsky



Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) offers on Friday, 29 October at 7:30 p.m. a concert at the Auditorio de Tenerife. Its honorary conductor, Víctor Pablo Pérez, adds two new composers to the orchestra's repertoire: Fernando Velázquez and Friedrich Gulda. The orchestra will respectively play ‘Piano espressivo’ and the ‘Concert for cello and brass orchestra’. During the second work, the Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina plays as an invited soloist. The programme also includes the suite Pulcinella, by Stravinsky.

The evening starts with ‘Piano espressivo’ by Fernando Velázquez (Guecho, 1976), who won a Goya Award for the best original soundtrack of "Un monstruo viene a verme", a film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. According to Velázquez, the piece that the Sinfónica de Tenerife plays this week was conceived as a homage to a friend and cellist, Juan Carlos Cárdenas. It happened as a game between friends with the cello as the main character. Velázquez explained that "this is a colláge where cellos follow their own rhythm playing a beautiful melody. The composition of the orchestra’s accompaniment is based upon the comments on what we the cellist have played all our lives.”

The first part of the concert is rounded up with the suite Pulcinella, by Stravinsky (1882-1971). The piece has its origins in the ballet of the same name that Stravinsky wrote in 1920. He counted on Picasso to create the costumes and sets. Two years later he composed the suite, which has eleven of the eighteen original parts the work had. As a result, it offers a mixture of light-hearted and sometimes melancholic music. This marks the beginning of Stravinsky's neoclassical period.

The programme finishes with the ‘Concert for cello and brass orchestra’ by Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000). This is the first time that the orchestra performs this work. It does so with the soloist Anastasia Kobekina (Ekaterinburg, 1994), who comes to work on the island for the first time. Like Velázquez's, this composition by Gulda is eclectic and post-modern. It ends with a circus march that seems to satirize all the previous movements. The opening introduces the soloist with her cello acting as an electric guitar.

Anastasia Kobekina plays a Stradivarius De Kermadec-Bläss cello manufactured in 1698, and on this occasion, she makes her debut in Tenerife. Despite being only 27 years old, Kobekina has already played with orchestras such as Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Wiener Symphoniker, BBC Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, and under the direction of Penderecki, Valery Gergiev or Heinrich Schiff. Apart from her début on the island, during this season the Russian cellist will also make her début with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona (OBC), the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra.

Víctor Pablo Pérez leads again the Sinfónica de Tenerife during this new season. Thirty-five years ago he made his début as main conductor and artistic director during a period that finally lasted for eighteen seasons. He is the honorary conductor of the Sinfónica de Tenerife since the year 2006. This experienced and award-winning conductor frequently collaborates with the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, the Mozart Festival of La Coruña, the International Music Festivals of the Canary Islands, or Perelada and Granada, among others. Likewise, he has been invited by many international orchestras such as the HR-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt, Berliner Symphoniker, Münchner Symphoniker, Dresdner Sinfoniker, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma and the Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Roma.

Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website, at the Auditorium’s box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.