Photo by Hans van der Woerd
Photo Credit: Lahav Shani by Hans van der Woerd
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Wed., March 25 at 8PM

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Lahav Shani, Conductor
Nelson Freire, Piano
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5

Sponsored by Earl and Karen Enzer and The Lloyd E. Rigler–Lawerence E. Deutsch Foundation

Violins of Hope at The Soraya is sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation
The Soraya’s Beethoven Series is sponsored by Kathleen P. Martin
The Soraya’s Soaring Series is sponsored by the Colburn Foundation


Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor,” Op. 76
Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra returns to The Soraya after its intense performance in 2016 led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, shortly before his appointment as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera. Now, with its next “wunderkind” at the helm, Israeli maestro Lahav Shani, the Rotterdam Philharmonic will join the global celebration of Beethoven, featuring Nelson Freire on The Soraya’s Steinway performing the “Emperor” Piano Concerto. Rotterdam Philharmonic will also join The Soraya’s season-long Violins of Hope project. Concertmaster Igor Gruppman will play this concert on one of the Violins of Hope rescued from the Holocaust and restored by master violinmaker Amnon Weinstein in Tel Aviv. Lahav Shani assumed his position in September 2018, becoming the youngest Chief Conductor in the orchestra’s history. In the 2020-21 season, Shani will succeed Zubin Mehta as Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.


The Violins of Hope collection will make the journey from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles, in an unprecedented collaboration between The Soraya, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, four Southern California symphony orchestras, and Chair Susanne Reyto. The Soraya will present three concerts featuring the violins, with an Opening concert on March 22 featuring the LA Jewish Symphony, followed by Israeli conductor Lahav Shani leading the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and concluding with the Jerusalem Quartet on April 5. New West Symphony, The LA Lawyers Symphony, and Long Beach Symphony will host the violins in concerts at other venues throughout the region, reaching audiences across the region. You can find more information about the Violins of Hope performances and educational activities at

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