Maxim Emelyanychev conducts the Capitol orchestra: “Being a musician is like being a sportsman”

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Frequently invited by the Capitol Orchestra, Maxim Emelyanychev will conduct the group, Friday January 7, in a Mozart, Bruch and Schumann program.

The Orchester National de Toulouse is welcoming a classical music prodigy on Friday January 7th. At 12, Maxim Emelyanychev conducted an orchestra for the first time in his hometown of Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia. Now 33 years old, he has won numerous international competitions for harpsichord, piano and conductor and is one of the most promising conductors of his generation.

He will lead the Capitol, an orchestra he admires and with which he has played about three times a season for several years. “They are fabulous and very professional musicians,” he observes. We know each other very well now. The more we play together, the deeper we go in the works that we present ”.

Maxim Emelyanychev will take the Toulouse public on a romantic musical trip across the Rhine and, with Mozart’s “Symphony No. 31”, Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” and “Symphony No. 3” by Mozart. Schumann, three works of which he speaks with the enthusiasm and passion of a young musician mad about music: “This Mozart symphony is very interesting, he wrote it very quickly, during a trip to Paris. The energy is crisp and alert and we will play it with a full orchestra. Bruch is a composer who was strongly influenced by Brahms, he is very romantic and he has dedicated his life to the study of great composers. His Violin Concerto is superb and I look forward to seeing my great friend Aylen Pritchin, who is a wonderful musician, winner of countless awards. Finally, I am delighted to play this Schumann symphony, after having presented the 4th last year, with the ONCT. My age ? People talk to me about it a lot, but I would like to say this: I know 60-year-old conductors who have a lot more energy than me. I’m going to tell you an anecdote: when I started directing, my teacher asked me my age and I said: 12 years old. She replied: Okay, it’s a bit old, but we’re going to try to do something with you all the same! Ultimately, age means that we hear – and conduct, therefore – the same work differently at 20, 40 or 60, that’s all. Being a musician is like being a sportsman or a teacher: you should never stop working. Here is the key. “

Maxim has a special affection for the grain hall, in which he can organize the orchestra as he wishes: “It’s a fantastic place! We place the violins in stereo to achieve a unique, wonderful sound. I can’t wait to come back, especially since Toulouse is a very cultural city, which I love to visit! “

“Back-to-school masterpieces”, by the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse, with Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor) and Aylen Pritchin (violin) Friday January 7 at 8 pm at the Halle aux grains (1, place Dupuy), Toulouse. Prices from € 18 to € 65 / € 5 (under 27). Tel. 05 61 63 13 13 (www.onct.toulouse.fr).