Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pinchas Zukerman, Principal Guest Conductor and Violin Soloist
Beethoven Egmont: Overture, Op. 84
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Generously sponsored by The Colburn Foundation, Kathleen P. Martin, and Saint Nicholas Foundation.
With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman is one of the world’s most sought-after and versatile musicians, as a violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. The 2019–20 season marks Zukerman’s eleventh as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His extensive discography includes more than 100 titles, for which he earned two Grammy Awards and 21 nominations.
The program features Zukerman conducting two well-known compositions by Beethoven alongside the violin concerto by Bruch, who might be called the 19th century’s “one hit wonder.” Zukerman has performed this exceptional piece around the world, bringing increasing acclaim to Bruch’s singular masterpiece.
Like Itzhak Perlman, Zukerman grew up in Tel Aviv, down the street from Moshe and Amnon Weinstein’s renowned violin shop (home of the Violins of Hope).
"This traveling exhibit of instruments resurrected by the luthier Avshalom Weinsten is proof of the human spirit. I congratulate this remarkable project, and I am so proud that my dear friend is showing these works around the world. The instruments survived the Holocaust simply because they were played by the musicians who were the real survivors of the darkest time. They are the symbols of the voices that overcame the worst moment of humankind. Violins of Hope is not only a remembrance of those who played these instruments, but also an inspiration to generations beyond."