Sunday 4 Nov 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Lahav Shani conductor

Francesco Piemontesi piano

Weber Overture, Oberon

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor


Brahms Symphony No. 1

Experience two undisputed masterpieces conducted by Lahav Shani, one of today’s most exciting young artists.

The story goes that Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto got its nickname from a comment by an officer in Napoleon’s army, who attended one of the first performances and declared it "an Emperor of a concerto". 

After Beethoven’s death, Brahms was hailed by many as his successor, but Beethoven’s were not easy boots to fill. He spent many years reworking his First Symphony before allowing its first performance – and it was an instant triumph. 

Still in his twenties, Lahav Shani has gone from strength to strength since winning the Gustav Mahler conducting competition in 2013. He makes a welcome return to the Philharmonia to conduct two works that came to define the Romantic era. 

“It scarcely seems possible to have a greater beauty of sound and joy in performance than that offered by Lahav Shani” (Berliner Morgenpost).



  • Prices: £58 (premium); £45; £36; £28; £19; £12
  • Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
  • Running time: 130 minutes, including 20-minute interval
  • Please note: This performance starts at 3pm

This concert is part of the Sunday Matinees series