Saturday 11 October will see Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (pictured) return to the region to play Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Orchestra North East. This concert will take place in the imposing surroundings of Durham Cathedral. Also on the programme we have the lush romanticism of Brahms’ 4 and Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture.
This will be an excellent concert as I can speak from experience to say that Bezrodny is an incredibly talented soloist who knows how to wow an audience. Her last appearance with ONE in February 2013 drew a large audience and resulted in a splendid concert at Gala Theatre, Durham.
Anna-Liisa Bezrodny was born in Moscow into a distinguished musical family. Her parents both taught at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, which is where she herself studied. She later continued her education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she won the prestigious Gold Medal in 2006.
Given her heritage (her mother is Finnish, her father from Russia) I fully expect the Sibelius concerto to be a piece close to her heart and ONE are very lucky to have been able to book this rising star. Anyone who reads NE:MM regularly will remember I recently reviewed Jennifer Pike’s recording of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, so my expectations are high for Bezrodny, but I do not expect to be disappointed.
Orchestra North East is one of the top ‘technically’ amateur orchestras in the region – although the majority of the players make their living from music. In recent years they have managed to engage an excellent range of rising conductors and soloists through their links with music colleges across the country. If you haven’t seen them in concert before, ONE produce very successful large-scale concerts, often in Durham Cathedral or Hall One at Sage Gateshead. Recent highlights include Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique at Durham Cathedral and Carmina Burana at the Sage.
I would recommend booking in advance and arriving early to secure a good seat in Durham Cathedral. It will certainly be worth the effort.
Previewer: Katie Lodge
Photographer: Vladimir Miloradovic