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The early Romantic Hebrides Overture, Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, and our “own” Prague Symphony by Mozart are featured on a stylistically varied programme led by the young Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev, who will be making his Czech debut at the Rudolfinum. The pianist Tom Borrow already played at the Rudolfinum last season.
The Hebrides, Op. 26, concert overture
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 38 in D major, K 504, “Prague”
Tom Borrow piano
Maxim Emelyanychev conductor
At the time, Tom Borrow played Mozart, standing in for the originally scheduled soloist. This time he will present himself playing Beethoven, whose Fourth Concerto is a work on the cusp of Classicism and Romanticism. “There’s a certain bitter-sweet quality,” says Borrow. “On the surface it seems very positive and joyful, especially in the third movement, but right from the start, from the first movement and even though it’s written in a major key, the seeming positivity covers an ache of sadness. I have come to this concerto for the first time during this past year or so, and the process of learning it has been such a pleasure. There is so much to discover. The great challenge is to make the most out of the passagework—there are so many subtleties that must be acknowledged and sometimes enhanced. I hope I will manage to rise to the challenge.”
In January 2019, Tom Borrow was called on to replace renowned pianist Khatia Buniatishvili in a series of 12 concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. At only 36 hours’ notice, he performed to sensational public and critical acclaim. Chief music critic of the Israel Broadcasting Corporation, Yossi Schifmann, hailed his performance as “brilliant, outstanding… Tom Borrow is already a star and we will all surely hear more about him”. Tom has since been reinvited to the IPO multiple times. International Piano magazine ran a two-page feature on Tom, naming him their “One To Watch”, Gramophone gave him the same accolade (“an exciting young pianist...individuality and elegance") and Diapason has written “Tom Borrow already has everything of a great”. He has recently been named a BBC New Generation Artist 2021–2023.
Born in Tel Aviv in 2000, Tom Borrow has performed as soloist with all major orchestras of his native country and has won every national piano competition in Israel. He began studying piano with Michal Tal at the Givatayim Music Conservatory, and currently studies with Tomer Lev of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University. Tom has been regularly mentored by Murray Perahia, through the Jerusalem Music Centre.
After the IPO success, Tom has been invited by other major orchestras around the world – including the Cleveland Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, New Jersey Symphony, Basque National Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and others – and by leading conductors Semyon Bychkov, Sakari Oramo, Thierry Fischer, Xian Zhang, Robert Trevino, Omer Wellber, Petr Altrichter and Yoel Levi. Tom has toured Eastern Europe with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, to regular standing ovations, and to South Korea with the Tel Aviv Soloists.
Equally in-demand on the chamber music front, Tom has been invited to the Verbier Festival, Wigmore Hall, Festival Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Vancouver Recital Series and elsewhere. WWFM Radio (US) has featured Tom as an outstanding young talent, and RAI televised his recent Rome concert. His first album will be released soon, on Hanssler Classic.