Alexander Toradze Plays Prokoviev’s Third Concerto with VSO

The Vancouver Symphony’s 2017-2018 season continues with a concert featuring music by all-Russian composers on Nov. 4 and 5. The orchestra, conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons, also welcomes piano soloist Alexander Toradze, a specialist in Russian repertoire, playing Prokofiev’s powerful third concerto. The program opens with Mussorgsky’s Persian Dances and ends with two suites from Stravinsky ballets, The Fairy’s Kiss and The Firebird Suite. Concluding the first half will be Toradze’s performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3.

Alexander Toradze is universally recognized as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition. With his unorthodox interpretations, deeply poetic lyricism, and intense emotional excitement, he lays claim to his own strong place in the lineage of great Russian pianists. He graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and became a professor there. In 1983, he moved permanently to the United States. Toradze regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras and is friends with such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, Esa Pekka Salonen, Yukka Pekka Saraste, Mikko Frank, Paavo and Kristian Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, and Gianandrea Noseda. Recent engagements include the BBC philharmonic and Swedish Radio Orchestras under Gianandrea Noseda, the London Symphony, and the Marinsky Orchestras under Valery Gergiev.

Performances are Saturday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Skyview Concert Hall, located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. Tickets run from $10 for students to $50 for VIP seating and are available for this concert and all 2016-2017 events at or by calling 360-735-7278. In the meantime, you can watch this video of Toradze rehearsing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Paris Orchestra at Salle Pleyel, conducted by Mikko Franck: