The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the most important orchestras, has had an eventful history since its foundation in 1893. They became internationally known through premieres of Gustav Mahler's works under his direction. The orchestra has worked with all the renowned conductors such as Eugen Jochum, James Levine, Christian Thielemann, Lorin Maazel and Valery Gergiev. One of the most formative periods was under Sergiu Celibidache (1979-1996). Lahav Shani, a young conductor and pianist with an extremely remarkable career, will take the podium at the Basel concert evening. Since winning first prize at the Gustav Mahler International Competition, he has been in great demand by major orchestras (Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, to name a few). In 2019, he was chosen to succeed Zubin Mehta as principal conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra beginning with the 2020/21 season. Soloist for the evening is Anastasia Voltchok: Internationally active pianist, Basel native and founder of the Basel classical music festival "Stars at the Rhine".
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