Ignat Solzhenitsyn To Appear With Princeton University Orchestra
PRINCETON, New Jersey — Internationally renowned pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn will appear as both pianist and conductor with the Princeton University Orchestra in an all-Shostakovich program on December 10 and 11 at 8:00 pm in Richardson Auditorium. He will be visiting Princeton as a Fellow in the Council of the Humanities.
Mr. Solzhenitsyn will play the Piano Concerto No. 1 with the PUO’s conductor Michael Pratt. After intermission, Mr. Pratt will turn over the baton to Solzhenitsyn to lead the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 8.
Ignat Solzhenitsyn has become one of the foremost performers of his generation, both as pianist and conductor. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he won the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1994. Since then he has appeared as soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Paris, Montreal, Israel, Sydney and St. Petersburg. He has conducted some of those same ensembles and others, including Buffalo, Dallas, Indianapolis, Moscow, Seattle and New Jersey.
Mr. Solzhenitsyn currently holds the posts of Principal Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He is also Professor of Piano at the Curtis Institute.
“We are thrilled and honored that Ignat Solzhenitsyn can join us for a concert of Shostakovich”, said Michael Pratt. “He is both an old friend and a musical colleague, and Princeton audiences are in for something memorable.”
Tickets $15 (general), $13 (seniors), $8 (students). Contact UTicketing at 609-258-9220 or order online at www.princeton.edu/tickets.