Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Riverside Theatres Digital presents
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
BEETHOVEN AND SIBELIUS
Livestreamed directly from QPAC’s acoustically superb Concert Hall with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven and Sibelius features works of great beauty and passion that will stay with you long after the concert. Be awed by Beethoven’s famous Symphony No.7 – this piece of infectious rhythms and powerful emotions that you only need to hear it once to be swept away by it.
The concert also features a solo by Australian violinist Grace Clifford, who will transport you into the world of Jean Sibelius with his finger-busting and evocative Violin Concerto. Don’t miss this livestreamed concert of musical masterpieces.
How You Can Access
We are holding a one-off livestreamed performance on Saturday 2nd October 2021 at 7:30pm* into your home. The link will be sent to you before the start of the show with your ticket and will not be available to view online after the show. The show will be streamed on our website via Vimeo.
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Alexander Briger – Conductor
Alexander Briger is one of Australia’s preeminent conductors and was Awarded the Order of Australia for “services to music as a leading conductor”. He is considered a specialist in the works of Janáček, Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven.
Alexander’s recent engagements include performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Toulon Opera and John Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, following a hugely successful debut at the same theatre conducting the Paris premiere of Adams’ Nixon in China.
He has worked with Maestros Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Riccardo Muti and major international orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble InterContemporain, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum, Malaysian Philharmonic and every major Australian symphony orchestras.
He has also performed regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London (collaborating with such soloists as Alfred Brendel, Maria Joao Pires and Murray Perahia) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including their 2004 China tour. He has also worked with such soloists as Paul Lewis, Kirill Gerstein, Akiko Suwanai and Julia Fisher.
Considered an opera specialist, Alexander has conducted for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro di San Carlo Opera, Naples, Berlin Komischeoper, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Australia amongst others.
In 2010, he founded the Australian World Orchestra, of which he is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.
Future engagements include Jenůfa with the Montreal Opera, The Turn of the Screw at the Paris Philharmonie and Figaro at the Bolshoi, Moscow.
Grace Clifford – Soloist
Grace Clifford is widely recognized as one of Australia’s finest young violinists and she is privileged to perform with many of its leading orchestras. Grace was appointed as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s first ever Emerging Artist in Association from 2018-2020, performing with them each consecutive season.
Grace has enjoyed the opportunity of performing concertos with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, and last year made her debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic at the invitation of conductor Mark Wigglesworth. 2021 season highlights include returns to the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and she looks forward to making her debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Equally committed to chamber music, Grace tours yearly in Australia as a guest with Selby and Friends, and has made her debuts with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music under artistic director Kathryn Stott, and with Recitals Australia. Grace will make her debut with Musica Viva next season.
Grace has toured with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute alongside Miriam Fried, performing in Boston, Chicago and New York. She was a fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in 2017 and 2018, with performances including the world premiere of Timo Andres’ piano trio, written in honour of the 30th anniversary of RSMI. Last season Grace gave a recital with pianist Joseph Liccardo for the Union College Concert Series in Schenectady NY, as part of Curtis on Tour. Grace was accepted to Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World program in 2020.
Grace is currently a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying with Miriam Fried on a Presidential Scholarship. Grace holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, and the late Joseph Silverstein. She graduated with the Joan Hutton Landis Award for Academic Excellence. Grace previously studied in the undergraduate program of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Dr Robin Wilson, who continues to be a mentor. In 2014, at the age of 16, she was awarded the Australian Young Performer of the Year Award following her performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony. She also received the awards for best Recital, Chamber Music round, and the Audience Choice Award. In 2013, Grace was one of ten students internationally chosen to study with Professor Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses in Germany. She was awarded 4th prize in the Junior Section of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing in 2012.