NEW YORK – MidAmerica Productions presents the Oxford Philharmonic, the Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford, in their Carnegie Hall debut on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 7:30 PM, with music director, conductor and founder Marios Papadopoulos, MBE, and violinist Maxim Vengerov. Tickets available March 1, 2022.
The program includes Navarra for Two Violins and Orchestra, Op. 33, by Pablo de Sarasate; Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, by Max Bruch; and Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms.
Soloists from the Juilliard School Pre-College Division are also scheduled to perform in the historic concert.
Described by The Times at his 1975 piano recital debut as “having all the attributes of one of the world’s greatest players,” Papadopoulos has gone on to enjoy an international career both as pianist and conductor. He has appeared as soloist with and conducted many of the world’s great orchestras, and worked with a host of eminent musicians including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Hélène Grimaud, Nicola Benedetti, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maria João Pires, Menahem Pressler, Maxim Vengerov, Renée Fleming, Vadim Repin, Martha Argerich and Lang Lang. His recordings of the Beethoven sonatas have been set on a level with Schnabel, Brendel, Barenboim, and Wilhelm Kempff (Daily Telegraph, Classic FM Magazine Critics’ Choice).
Papadopoulos has conducted the complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies and directed from the keyboard the five piano concertos in the Oxford Philharmonic’s 2008 Beethoven Festival, a feat he repeated to celebrate the Orchestra’s 15th anniversary in the 2013/14 concert season. He plans to complete both cycles again in a postponed celebration of the Oxford Beethoven Festival 2020, celebrating the composer’s 250th anniversary.
He has appeared as a guest conductor and soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, European Union Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a 2015 UK tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Alison Balsom. In March 2018, Papadopoulos appeared with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious Xinghai Concert Hall in China, where he directed a Mozart Piano Concerto Cycle from the keyboard over the course of three weeks.
A prolific recording artist, Papadopoulos’s catalogue includes his critically acclaimed Beethoven sonatas, performances of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Hyperion), works by Mozart, Mussorgsky, César Franck and the twenty-four Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich. In 2020, Papadopoulos released a new recording on the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra record label, Piano Favourites, featuring well-known works by Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and more. He conducts the Oxford Philharmonic in new recordings of the Brahms and Sibelius violin concertos with Maxim Vengerov as soloist. As a pianist, he and Maxim Vengerov have recorded the complete Brahms violin sonatas and performed these in a recital at Vienna’s Musikverein in September 2016.
Papadopoulos is dedicated to nurturing young talent and through his vast experience is able to impart knowledge to young artists, particularly during the prestigious Oxford Piano Festival, which he founded in 1999. In 2015, he served on the jury of the Leeds International Piano Competition and in 2016, the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.
Papadopoulos holds a doctorate in music from City University and is both a member of the Oxford University Faculty of Music and Fellow by Special Election of Keble College, Oxford. He became an Honorary Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2010 and was awarded Oxford City’s Certificate of Honour in 2013. Papadopoulos was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to music in Oxford.
Renowned Greek-American conductor, producer, and impresario Peter Tiboris created and conducted his first concert in New York on January 7, 1984, at Lincoln Center, featuring The American Symphony Orchestra, soloists, and three choruses, the Louisiana Chorale of Acadiana, Camerata Singers of Baton Rouge, and Collegiate Chorale of New York. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, Tiboris had just created his own, successful, production company, MidAmerica Productions, which was to become the foremost independent producer of choral concerts at Carnegie Hall.
Since then, MidAmerica Productions has brought together conductors, soloists, and choral and instrumental ensembles from the U.S. and abroad to appear at New York’s top venues, including Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; and Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) at Lincoln Center. Additionally, MidAmerica Productions has presented concerts in numerous U.S. cities and in countries throughout the world, including Greece, England, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Portugal, and Russia.
More information is available online: https://www.midamerica-music.com.