Julia Fischer: Artist-in-Residence

Julia Fischer: Artist-in-Residence

There’s something slightly off-putting about the term ‘musician’s musician’ – as if listeners need some special qualification to understand what all the fuss is about. In reality, though, it’s very simple. Once in a while, an orchestra and a soloist just click. And when musicians really, truly enjoy playing together – well, believe us: you can hear the difference.

In short, the LPO never needs any excuse to welcome violinist Julia Fischer. ‘Here was a total consonance rare in concerto partnerships between Julia Fischer and her orchestral colleagues’, wrote The Arts Desk when she played with us in 2019. Critics talk about her ‘alert, unshowy’ playing, and the ‘amazing unity’ when Fischer and the LPO play together. We just know that it feels right.

So when she suggested that we might like to explore all five of Mozart’s violin concertos together, we didn’t need asking twice. These five elegant mini-masterpieces are the work of a teenager – graceful, brilliant, touched by genius. But above all, they’re fun. Fischer and the LPO will play them all, paired with music by Tchaikovsky and Strauss that’s specially chosen to make Mozart shine.

She’ll join another good friend – viola virtuoso Nils Mönkemeyer – in Mozart’s sublime Sinfonia Concertante, and partner Vladimir Jurowski in Elgar’s Violin Concerto. And she’ll team up with players from the LPO to relax in the way that musicians always enjoy best, when among friends – with a programme of chamber music. Some pleasures are too good not to share.

2 Feb 2022 | Straight out of Salzburg

The first of three concerts celebrating Mozart’s teenage masterpieces with Julia Fischer. She plays his Third and Fourth Violin Concertos between two works by Richard Strauss, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

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4 Feb 2022 | Sinfonia Concertante

Julia Fischer plays Mozart’s Fifth Violin concerto before joining viola star Nils Mönkemeyer for the sublime Sinfonia Concertante, alongside music by Richard Strauss, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

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6 Feb 2022 | Chamber Music

Julia Fischer joins LPO string players for Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in a concert that also includes Bruch’s expansive String Octet, and the young Shostakovich at his most sardonic.

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12 Feb 2022 | Adventures and Homages

Julia Fischer directs the orchestra for Mozart’s First and Second Violin Concertos, alongside Tchaikovsky’s tender Serenade for Strings.

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13 Apr 2022 | Julia Fischer plays Elgar

Julia Fischer’s residency reaches the perfect conclusion with Elgar’s Violin Concerto alongside his Romanian contemporary, George Enescu’s Second Symphony, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

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