Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the music of his homeland in this all-Finnish programme. Sibelius was initially obsessed with the idea of becoming a world-class violinist and even got as far as an audition with the Vienna Philharmonic. Had he succeeded, some of greatest orchestral music of the 20th century may never have been written. The most immediate outcome was the glorious Violin Concerto, composed for the virtuoso which Sibelius never became.
Tickets for this concert go on sale September 2013
Forthcoming concerts at Royal Festival Hall:
Jun 27 2013, 18:00 - Royal Festival Hall
New works from the Young Composers Academy.
Jun 27 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Yuri Termirkanov conducts Mussorgsky’s great Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with soloist Sayaka Shoji
London Autumn-Spring 2013/14
Find out about the Philharmonia's 2013/14 season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall