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Cellist-turned-conductor Rachael Young to make Cadogan Hall debut

14 September 12

A ‘sensitive and dynamic conductor’ - Maestro Leonid Grin

With a passion for Russian music-making, the cellist-turned-conductor always had a childhood dream to become a leader of an orchestra—not just play in one. On the 23rd November 2012, Rachael Young will make her Cadogan Hall debut conducting the Russian Virtuosi of Europe, fusing her love for the Russian aesthetic and repertoire.

Consisting of some of the best Russian-trained musicians working in London, the collaboration between the Russian Virtuosi of Europe and Ms Young will be their first performance together. Affirming this, Young says she is “a great admirer of the ensemble and its leader Yuri Zhislin”, particularly because of their ethos and their approach to technique that provokes an intensely cerebral and emotional listener experience.

The upcoming concert with this premier chamber orchestra will feature music by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Schnittke. Ms Young comments on the collaboration:
“The aim is to bring the spirit of Russian music-making to London, a performance that fully engages the audience at an emotional and psychological level as well as an intellectual one—but a concert is not a lecture”.

While always involved in classical music, Rachael pursued conducting after working for several years as a cellist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. After leaving her homeland and furthering her education in cello in the US and UK, Rachael entered Europe’s conducting scene—pursuing numerous master classes since 2007 with Neeme Jarvi, Paavo Jarvi, Leonid Grin and Jorma Panula with the Parnu City Orchestra as well as the Estonian National Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Rachael began her musical studies at thirteen in her native New Zealand, later completing her BMus in cello at Victoria University, Wellington. She pursued postgraduate studies in the United States at the Boston Conservatory of Music, which inspired her to move to the UK and study with William Pleeth and Moray Welsh.

Having had a successful London première last season at St John’s Smith Square, Rachael anticipates this season’s Cadogan Hall debut to be “an inspirational and memorable performance” for all.