The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra:

Buniatishvili Plays Tchaikovsky

When & Where Friday, Sept 23 at 8pm, Saturday, Sept 24 at 8pm, Sunday, Sept 25 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Otto Tausk Featured performer Khatia Buniatishvili Program Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1; Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe

Reviewer Michael Pink

The VSO returned in stellar fashion to open the masterworks season, led by maestro Tausk, with Tchaikovsky’s emotional Piano Concerto No. 1. The attending audience was filled with anticipation and reveled in the sonorous sounds that filled the Orpheum Theatre.

The VSO program featured Elgar, Enigma Variations: Tchaikovsky , Piano Concerto No. 1 and Daphne et Chloe.

Enigma Variations was performed as a fitting tribute to Bramwell Tovey, former conductor of the VSO, who passed away in 2022.

Stewart Goodyear performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto with intensity and evocative sounds. Goodyear trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and completed a masters at the famed Juilliard School. Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day in 2012 and 2013. He has gained a reputation as an excellent interpreter of classic compositions.
In huge demand, Goodyear has performed in Canada, USA and Japan.

The VSO audience was pleased to have Tausk at the helm. As music director of the VSO, he brings classical knowledge and stirring conducting to the symphony and audiences. He has conducted in Canada, the Netherlands, USA, Germany and Denmark.
Tausk is a popular guest Conductor with numerous orchestras including Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Orchestre National de Belgique. In Vancouver, Tausk has been instrumental in fostering works by indigenous composers.

Tausk has numerous acclaimed classical recordings to note including Tonhalle SinfonieorchesterSt. Gallen (Korngold and Diepenbrock), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn) and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Gavin Bryars). His recording with Rosanne Philippens received BBC Music Magazine Concerto Disc of the Month in 2018.

The evening was a classical highlight and notable for uplifting music and standing ovations for both Goodyear and the VSO orchestra.

© 2022 Michael Pink