Experience the finesse, the power and the iridescent colours of one of the world’s newest and most exciting orchestras.
Founded in 2006, the Symphony Orchestra of India brings together exceptional players from across the Subcontinent – a region with its own vibrant traditions of classical music – together with superb international musicians. Based in Mumbai, it is India’s very first professional symphony orchestra, and has already worked extensively with some of the world’s most renowned soloists and conductors.
The Orchestra’s co-founder and Music Director, Kazakh-born violinist Marat Bisengaliev, joins the players for one of the true wonders of the violin repertoire. Bruch’s soulful First Violin Concerto blends dazzling virtuosity with heartrending melody – it’s not hard to hear why it’s considered the world’s most adored violin concerto.
Incisive British conductor Martyn Brabbins – Music Director of English National Opera – brings the concert to an electrifying climax with an exhilarating journey through the Arabian Nights – with tales of Sinbad’s adventures, swashbuckling heroes, tender young love and a cataclysmic shipwreck, all related in Rimsky-Korsakov’s sensuous Scheherazade. To begin, take a step into the fairy realm with the magical orchestral evocations of Weber’s Oberon Overture.
Pre-concert talk: Upper Circle 2:15pm – 2.45pm
"Life in Mumbai with the Symphony Orchestra of India" pre-concert talk hosted by Edward Smith (former Chief Executive of City of Birmingham, Toronto and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras) with Zane Dalal and two musicians from the orchestra.