The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) and Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev are thrilled to be resuming live music making together with a streamed concert from Perth Concert Hall featuring violinist Nicola Benedetti on Thursday 24 September 2020, 7:30pm.

This will be the SCO’s first streamed concert since lockdown and is available to watch for free on the Orchestra’s YouTube and Facebook channels on the night of what would have been the Orchestra’s planned 20/21 Season opening. The SCO’s last performance before lockdown was also with Benedetti on 14 March and she joins here as the soloist in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, the composer’s most popular work. The stream will also feature a short introductory film with Benedetti and Emelyanychev as well as a welcome from Andrew McGlone, CEO of Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, who are sponsoring the concert.

Gavin Reid, Chief Executive of Scottish Chamber Orchestra says: ‘The lack of live music over the past six months has been so challenging for our sector. Our last concerts before lockdown were with Nicky and we are so delighted that she joins us for our first concert together. We are looking forward to getting back to what we do best – putting on live music. Our utmost thanks to Quilter Cheviot for helping to make this stream happen.

Andrew McGlone, CEO of Quilter Cheviot Investment Management says: ‘We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the wonderful talent of Nicola Benedetti. During a period in which the arts have been so negatively impacted, we are delighted to help support the sector navigate its recovery from this pandemic. Streamed events such as this bring communities together, albeit virtually – which feels more important than ever.’

Maxim Emelyanychev, Principal Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra says: I have really missed performing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, so I’m very excited to see these brilliant players in person and for us to perform together again. Music is so important at this time, it can cross borders, travel anywhere in the world and transport us too, so I hope you can join us for this online concert!

About Maxim Emelyanychev

Maxim Emelyanychev (31) is an outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors. Born in 1988 to a family of musicians, he studied conducting and piano in Nizhny Novgorod and then with Gennady Rozhdestvensky in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. His prizes include a Gramophone Award 2017, together with Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro, for their album In War & Peace (Warner/Erato), and the Golden Mask theatre prize as harpsichordist in a production of Le nozze di Figaro in Perm, conducted by Teodor Currentzis and recorded by Sony Classical. Since his conducting debut at 12, he has worked with many Russian and international Orchestras. He is Principal Conductor of the Zürich-based Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Nizhny-Novgorod Youth Symphony Orchestra.

About Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences and her wide appeal as an advocate for classical music has made her one of the most influential artists of today. This season, Nicola will collaborate with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for live concerts at the BBC Proms and with digital projects for the Philharmonia and Paavo Järvi and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Maxim Emelyanychev. Additionally, Nicola performs with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and James Gaffigan, the Spanish National Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony with Pablo Heras-Casado. She is also Artist in Residence for the St Louis Symphony and will perform several concerts, recitals and masterclasses throughout the season. In Spring 2021 Nicola will give the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, before the same work is performed with the RSNO and WDR Köln.

  • Date: 24 September 2020
  • Time: 7.30pm