Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg has extended Aziz Shokhakimovs contract as Music Director for a further 3 years, as the Orchestra expands its international reputation on disc, streaming on Medici.tv and on tour to Seoul and London.
The 34-year-old Uzbek winner of the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition has already established himself as an inspired exponent of Russian repertoire and is relishing honing his interpretations of French repertoire with the orchestra. Aziz Shokhakimov, who has moved with his family to Strasbourg, is currently on his 2nd season in Strasburg, where he is conducting 7 concert programmes and will collaborate with the Opera National du Rhin conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar Saltan.
His next concert with the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg on 8 and 9 December is with a programme of Bizet’s Carmen Suite, Mussorgsky-Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 performed by Alexandre Kantorow, who won the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 2019 with the same concerto. This concert will be available to stream on ARTE.tv. This programme will be a part of a five-day tour in Seoul. Following New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts with comedy duo Igudesman and Joo, Shokhakimov is joined by mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink for Mahler’s 3rd Symphony on 19 January in Strasbourg followed by Paris’ Philharmonie on 20 January.
Contemporary music features in Shokhakimov’s next two concerts; a new commission of Memoria by composer in residence Bruno Mantovani in a programme of Debussy’s La Mer and Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Alexei Volodin on 20 April; and Nina Šenk’s Elements in a programme of Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony No.3 and Brahms’ Double Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queyras on 24 and 25 May. This coincides with Shokhakimov conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan in Mulhouse on 26 and 28 May following a run of the fully-staged production by Dmitri Tcherniakov in Strasbourg which opens on 5 May.
On disc and on tour
John Nelson’s ongoing, award-winning Berlioz cycle sees Warners releasing his recording of Nuits d’Ete with “baritenor” Michael Spyres and Harold en Italie with viola player Timothy Ridout on 18 November 2022. This will be followed by the release of Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette (following concerts on 7,8 June 2022 streamed on Medici.tv) with Joyce DiDonato, Cyrille Dubois and Christopher Maltman in the summer of 2023.
John Nelson will take Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg and the Gulbenkian Choir on a UK tour to the Albert Hall for concerts of Bizet’s opera Carmen starring Joyce DiDonato and Michael Spyres on 14 April. Medici.tv will stream the Strasbourg concerts on 4 and 6 April.

John Nelson records Berlioz – Les Nuits d’été with Michael Spyres and Harold in Italy with Timothy Ridout – for Erato.