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“Hopelessly in love, a young artist takes opium. He falls into a delirium, and sees the strangest of visions…” The result: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a flamboyant, no-holds-barred adventure into the wildest extremes of the romantic imagination. Klaus Mäkelä is one of Europe’s fastest-rising conductors; imagine the energy when he joins the nation’s favourite violinist Nicola Benedetti in the raw, fiery world of Bartók’s extraordinary Second Violin Concerto.
6 February, 1pm: Join the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra for a special showcase before tonight’s concert.
8 February, post-concert: Our CBSO Youth Ambassadors interview violinist Nicola Benedetti following her performance in tonight’s concert.
Nicola Benedetti has been called "the nation’s favourite violinist" but she’s so much more than that... Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.
With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Conductors with whom Nicola has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Hans Graf, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Jakub Hrůša, Kirill Karabits, Andrew Litton, Kristjan Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Cristian Măcelaru, Zubin Mehta, Andrea Marcon, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Søndergård, Krzysztof Urbanski, Juraj Valcua, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman and Jaap van Zweden.