“The unexpected that often reveals a great conductor. “ Le Figaro
Taking over concerts at short notice, including a live radio and television broadcast is not an easy task for even the most experienced conductors, particularly when the orchestra is a major en- semble such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in a prime venue such as Paris’s new l'Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio. The events that unfolded in December 2014 when the young Frenchman Adrien Perruchon was put in this situation left no doubt that we have seen the launch of a major conducting career. Since then, Perruchon worked with orchestras including Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, WDR Funkhausorchester, Mozarteum Salzburg as well as Vienna Symphony for his debut at Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein as well as on tour throughout Germany with violinist Hilary Hahn.
Selected as Dudamel Conducting Fellow last season, Perruchon continues his work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic throughout this season. Other highlights this season include debuts with orchestras such as Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre de l’Ope?ra Nice Co?te d’Azur, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Sofia Philharmonic, Bilkent Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover as well as further afield Osaka Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic. Perruchon continues his wonderful relationship with return performances to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He further appears on tour with Orchestre Poitou-Charentes and conducts the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris for a project at Le Centquatre in Paris.
In opera, Adrien Perruchon works closely with Franc?ois-Xavier Roth at Oper Ko?ln. Last season, he conducted performances of the new Benvenuto Cellini (Berlioz), La Bohe?me (Puccini) and Don Giovanni (Mozart). This season Perruchon conducts performances of Oper Ko?ln’s new L’Heure Espagnole / L’Enfant et les Sortile?ges (Ravel) double bill as well as a revival performance of Benvenuto Cellini.
While pursuing an active career as an orchestral musician, Perruchon has collaborated with such distinguished artists such as Daniel Barenboim at La Scala, Milan, the late Claudio Abbado with the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna. As a conductor, he assisted at various European festivals and opera houses including Alain Altinoglu in Paris as well as this summer’s Salzburg Festival production of Don Giovanni with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Perruchon also regularly works with Esa-Pekka Salonen at this summer’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Pe?lleas et Me?lisande), Swedish Radio Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London as well as Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1983, Adrien Perruchon started his musical training with the piano before moving on to bassoon and percussion later on in his career. Appointed Principal Timpanist with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France by Myung-Whun Chung in 2003, and subsequently with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, he held both positions until 2016.
Josef Spacek is fast emerging as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation. He studied with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School in New York, Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and with Jaroslav Foltyn at the Prague Conservatory. He was laureate of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and won top prizes at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
Highlights in 2016 include subscription concerts with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Valery Gergiev (Beethoven concerto), his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek (Dvorak concerto), his Berlin debut with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Thomas Sanderling (Beethoven concerto), his Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Thomas Søndergard (Nielsen concerto), his Tokyo debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Jakub Hrusa (Dvorak concerto) and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and Marco Angius (Brahms concerto), as well as recital debuts in among others Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and La Jolla, San Diego. He will also be the soloist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek during their Asia tour.
Josef Spacek has served as concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the youngest in its history. The orchestra has named him “Associate Artist” as of January 2016.
In addition to the afore-mentioned orchestras Josef Spacek makes solo appearances with orchestras across Europe, the US and Asia, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Essener Philharmoniker, Tonkunstlerorchester Niederosterreich, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, Orchestre National de Belgique, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Malaga, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He collaborates with conductors such as Jiri Belohlavek, Jakub Hrusa, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Semyon Bychkov, Asher Fisch, Roy Goodman, Eliahu Inbal, Jun Markl, Thomas Søndergard, Thomas Sanderling, Giordano Bellincampi, Tomas? Netopil, Marco Angius and Rossen Milanov. Josef Spacek gives numerous recitals in Europe (including at the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and at Schloß Elmau), Asia and the USA (among others at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. and La Jolla, San Diego).
April 2015 saw the Supraphon CD release of his highly praised recording of the violin concertos of Dvorak and Janacek, and of the Fantasy of Suk, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek (among others “Recording of the week” of The Sunday Times, “Recording of the month and of the year” of MusicWeb International and 5* in Diapason). In 2013 Supraphon released his recording of works for violin and piano by Smetana, Janacek and Prokofiev with pianist Miroslav Sekera. In 2010 he recorded works by H.W. Ernst for Naxos. His first CD, which was released in 2006, includes a complete recording of the Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugene Ysaye.
Josef Spacek plays a violin made in 1855 in the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.
Global warming? This programme has an interesting and utterly harmless spin on the matter... Nevermind your ecological footprint when flying from Spain, over Argentina to Mexico and back. Ravel’s southern 'Bolero', the exciting audacity of Ginastera’s 'Estancia Suite' and the sweltering heat in works by Copland, Lalo and Coppens will no doubt make you blush in winter times.