Yi-Chen Li from Taiwan is conducting a programme that includes Piano Concerto No. 4 by Beethoven, with the Ukrainian Kholodenko as the soloist


The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra is tackling its second concert of the season this week, after the good impression left by the opening event. The orchestra, conducted by Yi-Chen Lim, will offer a programme that includes the Symphonic dances by Rachmaninoff, Subito forza by Unsuk Chin and Concerto no.4 for piano and orchestra by Beethoven, where Vadym Kholodenko will make his debut as a guest soloist. This musical evening takes place in the Auditorio de Tenerife this Friday [15th] at 7:30 p.m.

The programme will begin with Subito con forza, a score lasting for barely five minutes that the orchestra is adding to its repertoire. Premiered in 2020, it was created through a commission by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to Unsuk Chin, to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven. This is a piece packed with sonorous resources and contrasts, with great complexity in rhythm and metre, moving from a passionate start to a restful ending, in a clear tribute to the professional career of the genius from Bonn. Then, there will be a performance of Piano and Orchestra Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Beethoven. This work – dated to 1806 – perfectly synthesises the transition between the classical and romantic periods. The piece was written during a period of full creative effervescence; and it maintains different classical elements, such as the formal structure, but with a marked emerging romantic character, such as the unexpected changes in tone, dynamic, and rhythm.

After the intermission, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will perform Symphonic dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The last score by the Russian genius was created in 1940; and in the form of an epitaph, it summarises his trajectory as a composer, with a certain air of nostalgia, as it incorporates many of the previous motif elements, without sacrificing new thematic concepts and extensive experimental harmonies.

Yi-Chen Lin, current Kapellmeister and Musical Assistant of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, began her violin, piano, and orchestral conducting studies in Vienna. She made her debut in her current position in the 2020-21 season with the new production Greek by Mark-Anthony Turnage with which she received the backing of international critics. The Taiwanese maestro made her debut with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein Golden Hall in 2009. Subsequent invitations have taken her to different European countries, and she is the guest conductor with different orchestras, such as Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, hr Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Philharmonic of Slovenia, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orquestra Gulbenkian of Lisbon and the Symphony Orchestra of the Basque Country.

Vadym Kholodenko was born in Kyiv and aged 6 he began piano studies at the Lysenko State Music Lyceum in his home city, before then continuing at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 2010 he obtained First Place in the Sendai International Music Competition, and a year later, in the International Schubert Competition. In 2013 he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition. Kholodenko is a regular guest with different orchestras in concert halls around the world, in America (Atlanta, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras); in Europe (Danish National, London Philharmonic, Milan Verdi Symphony and Spanish National), and in Asia-Oceania (Taiwan National, Sydney Symphony, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony). He has been artist-in-residence with the Fort Worth Symphony (Texas) and the SWR Sinfonieorchester (Stuttgart).

The Tenerife Association for Friends of Music is once again offering a free talk beforehand for members and the general public. Leandro Martín Quinteros will talk about the pieces of this musical event in the Sala Avenida, located in the hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The tickets for this new concert can be purchased until the day of the event 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.