London Symphony Orchestra with Antonio Pappano and Nikolaj Znaider

May 27, 2016
Latvian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Riga


Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Op. 61
Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 2, Op. 63


Sir Antonio Pappano – conductor
Nikolaj Znaider – violin
London Symphony Orchestra

For more information and tickets please visit the Riga City Festival website.


The London Symphony Orchestra performs over 120 concerts a year and was named by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world. The LSO has an enviable family of artists: its conductors include Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductors, and André Previn as Conductor Laureate. It also has long-standing relationships with some of the leading musicians in the world – Leonidas Kavakos, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mitsuko Uchida and Maria João Pires amongst others, not to mention its own talented players. The LSO is widely acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

The LSO is proud to be Resident Orchestra at the Barbican, where it performs around 70 concerts a year. The residency has enabled the orchestra to establish a truly loyal audience and to fulfill many artistic aspirations. Joint projects between the Orchestra and the Barbican, which included the London 2012 Festival concerts with Wynton Marsalis and Gilberto Gil, place LSO at the heart of the Centre’s programme. The orchestra also enjoys successful residencies at the Lincoln Center in New York and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Other regular tour destinations include the Far East, North America and all the major European cities.

The LSO is a world-leader in recording music for film, television and events, and was the official Orchestra of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games ceremonies, memorably performing “Chariots of Fire” on stage in the Opening Ceremony, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and with Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean. The LSO also has recorded music for films including “Philomena”, Pixar’s “Brave”, four of the “Harry Potter” movies including “The Deathly Hallows” Parts I and II, “The Queen”, “The Ides of March”, six “Star Wars” movies, “Superman”, “Thor”, “Nanny McPhee” and hundreds more.
The concert shall be conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, one of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed for his charismatic leadership and inspirational performances in both symphonic and operatic repertoire. Sir Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden since 2002, and Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2007.

The LSO shall be joined on stage by exceptional violinist Nikolaj Znaider, who is renowned as a brilliantly versatile musician, performing both as a virtuoso violin soloist and as a conductor with the world’s preeminent orchestras.