Daniel Raiskin will conduct the orchestra in a proposal with works by Turina, Korngold and Prokofiev, with Benjamin Schmid serving as a soloist.


Romeo and Juliet is the seventh seasonal programme of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, a musical proposal conducted by Daniel Raiskin and with the presence of violinist Benjamin Schmid, who will perform as the guest soloist. This new concert will be on Friday the 16th of September at 7:30 p.m., in the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Fantastic dances, op 22, is a score written by Joaquín Turina in 1919 which, according to its author, visits different states of the soul through rhythm and contrast. Inspired by different headings of La Orgía (The Orgy), a novel by José Más, his melodies take inspiration from everything from the Basque zortziko to the Andalusian farruca.

Afterwards, the orchestra will perform Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a composition that premiered in Missouri in 1947, and that displays all the melodic skills and romantic dreaminess of the author. With reminiscences of the soundtracks that played in different Hollywood productions, in the first movement it is possible to distinguish the violin of Another Dawn, a film starring Errol Flynn; during the second, part of his work for Juárez, performed by Bette Davis; and the melodies of The Prince and the Pauper, in the Allegro assai vivace.

After the break, it will be time for a selection of suites from the ballet Romeo and Juliet composed by Sergei Prokofiev at the peak of his career. Specifically, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will perform the nº2, op.64 ter and the nº1, op. 64 bis, specifically those chosen by the author himself to be presented in Brno in 1938, years before the premiere of the complete ballet. His musical vision of the Shakespearian drama was so complex that the Kirov Ballet had reservations because it believed that his music was too difficult to dance to.

Daniel Raiskin, who is returning to Tenerife after last conducting the island group in June 2018, studied in Saint Petersburg, Amsterdam and Freiburg, first focusing on viola and, later, on musical direction. Since the 2018-2019 season, he has been the musical director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and since 2020-2021 he has taken up the role of principal conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also conducted the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra since the 2016-2017 season. 

His most recent commitments notably include his return to the philharmonic orchestras of Warsaw and Stuttgart, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Russian National Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Kanagawa, Residentie Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Naples, Symphony Orchestra of Munich and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Raiskin has also been involved with different opera production, notably including Carmen by Bizet, Shostakovich’s The Nose and Don Giovanni by Mozart. Throughout his career, he has worked with great soloists such as Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Nelson Freire, Martin Fröst, Alban Gerhardt, Vadim Gluzman, Natalia Gutman, Kari Kriikku, Simone Lamsma, Lang Lang and Francois Leleux.

The violinist Benjamin Schmid last performed with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in June 2010, as a professional he has performed in over 75 concerts, and his performance of different composers such as Hartmann, Gulda, Korngold, Muthspiel, Szymanowski, Wolf-Ferrari, Lutoslawski and Reger notably stands out. 

His most recent collaborations include the opening concert of the Salzburger Festspiele, as well as a performance at the Musikverein in Vienna and at the Schloss Schönbrunn with the Paganini-Kreisler Concerto, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Schmid also has a successful jazz career and regularly presents his programme Hommage à Grappelli.

The tickets for this new event can be purchased until the day of the concert on the website www.sinfonicadetenerife.es, 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.