Bertrand Chamayou debuts with New York Philharmonic

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Bertrand Chamayou has made his highly anticipated debut with the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center, with three more concerts this week on 18, 19 and 22 May.

He performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1, by turns grandiose and effervescent, at the David Geffen Hall in the Lincoln Center, with Semyon Bychkov conducting the New York Philharmonic. The programme also features Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5.

The New York Times wrote of the first concert on 17 May: ‘The orchestra was joined by Bertrand Chamayou, who impressed in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, in his Philharmonic debut. The showy outer movements had appropriate élan, with Mr. Chamayou viewing some of Mendelssohn’s nervier patterns through gauzy, dreamy filters…He was called back by the audience twice for bows, offering as an encore Liszt’s transcription of Mendelssohn’s On Wings of Song.’

Ahead of these performances Bertrand Chamayou joined cellist Sol Gabetta for a recital in the Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, with chamber works by Beethoven, Britten and Chopin.

Chamayou will reprise the Mendelssohn First Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms in London in July.

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