BELFAST-BORN pianist Barry Douglas will return to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), replacing Rafał Blechacz, for forthcoming performances of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow later this month.
The change of soloist follows an earlier change in conductor for the same programme.
German conductor Christoph Altstaedt, Chief Conductor of the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck, will make his RSNO and UK début replacing Andrey Boreyko.
The programme remains unchanged; Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ ‘Open Ground’, Schumann’s ‘Piano Concerto’, and Dvorák’s ‘Symphony No8’.
Barry is one of the UK’s most recognised classical performers. He first appeared with the orchestra in 1983 performing Rachmaninov’s ‘Piano Concerto No 2’, and joined the musicians on two further occasions in the 1990s. In 1986 he won the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow.
In addition to his high-profile career as an international soloist, Barry founded Camerata Ireland in 1999 to celebrate and nurture the cream of young Irish talent. Dvorák Eight is at the Caird Hall, Dundee on Thursday, January 24, at 7.30 p.m.; the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Friday, January 25) and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Saturday, January 26). For more information log on to www.rsno.org.uk.