This Friday's concert features violinist Alexandra Conunova as a guest soloist who also makes her debut with the island orchestra


The Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) performs its fourth subscription programme of the 2022-2023 season, conducted by Victor Pablo Pérez and with the participation of violinist Alexandra Conunova as a guest soloist. The event takes place on Friday [28th] at 7:30 p.m., in the Auditorio de Tenerife, with a concert that tackles a programme within the framework of classical romanticism with works by Brahms and Schubert.

The Tragic Overture, op. 81 by Johannes Brahms, is the score that will open the concert. It was composed in the summer of 1880, it summarises the melancholic and dramatic nature of the German creator. Written in D minor, the piece is played out in a turbulent and tempestuous way and highlights the unnoticed importance of silence.

Then, the Symphony in B minor, the “Unfinished Symphony”, D. 759, by Franz Schubert, will be performed. Shubert began to write it in Vienna in the autumn of 1822; only the first two movements and the first twenty bars of the third are known. It is a musical compendium of the aesthetic experiences of a depressive period that the Austrian composer suffered between 1819 and 1822.

In the second part, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will perform the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms, written in 1878 as a tribute to the violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim. The score is dominated by lyricism with a serene atmosphere written in the form of a sonata rondo, where it is possible to perceive clear gipsy influences.

The honorary conductor of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Victor Pablo Pérez, undertook his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Madrid and at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. Between 1980 and 1988 he was artistic director and lead conductor of the Asturias Symphony Orchestra and between 1986 and 2005 of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. In 1993 he took the reins of the Galician Symphony Orchestra, a role he held until 2013, the year that he joined the Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid as the artistic director and lead conductor. Since January 2017 he has been the artistic director of the Youth Orchestra of the Canaries.

His most recent appearances notably include the opera María Moliner at the Lyrical Festival of Oviedo, as well as the International Festivals of Granada and Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight 2022 presenting, respectively, the youth orchestras of Galicia (OJSG), the Canaries (JOCAN) and the Basque Country (EGO) in single subject programmes devoted to John Williams and Gustav Mahler.

The Moldovan violinist Alexandra Conunova, trained in Geneva by Edouard Wulfson and a scholar in 2016 of the prestigious Borletti-Buittoni Trust in Londo, has been internationally renowned for her virtuosity. Among her awards, what particularly stands out are first place in the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover in 2012, the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the International Violin Competition of Singapore.

Conunova has participated with different international music groups, such as the Mahler Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre della Svizzera Italiana, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Mariinsky Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, la Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille and the Teatro Regio of Turin, among others.

In addition to her debut with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, this season Alexandra Conunova will make her debut at the Tivoli Festival as a soloist/conductor of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi and Piazzola. She has also collaborated with the Aalborg Symphony, Bochum Symphony, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, NFM Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, Orchestre National Avignon Provence, Norrlandsopera Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Galicia Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Simfònica de les Illes Balears.

The tickets can be purchased until the day of the concert on the website, at the auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.