Debut Artist and PSO Soloists

This season features 15 debut guest artists, including three conductors — Venezuelan Rafael Payare (January 26 & 28), chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland; Sir Mark Elder (March 23 & 25), music director of the Halle, principal artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and artistic director of the Opera Rara; and Cristian Măcelaru (May 18 & 20), recently appointed music director and conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

New and exciting soloists in the 2017-2018 season include Ray Chen, winner of the Queen Elizabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin (2008) Competitions; Noa Wildschut, a 16-year-old member of the Mutter Virtuosi (a string ensemble led by Anne-Sophie Mutter) who was first discovered at just four years old; Rachele Gilmore, one of America’s most sought after coloratura soprano, and award-winning German tenor Werner Güra who will be featured in Haydn’s Creation; multi-faceted pianist Kirill Gerstein whose interpretive style is influenced by jazz; Vilde Frang, a young Norwegian violinist who was awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2012; Benjamin Grosvenor; a leading British classical pianist who won the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of 11 and recently won the inaugural Ackman Classical Piano Prize from the New York Philharmonic; Jan Lisiecki, a 20-year-old Canadian pianist who made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2016; Igor Levit, a Russian pianist who won Gramophone’s Recording of the Year in 2016; and three of the four singers who will be featured as part of Verdi’s Requiem will make their Pittsburgh Symphony debuts.


Pittsburgh Symphony Principals in the Spotlight
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues to highlight the exceptional principal musicians within its own ranks with solo performances by Lorna McGhee (January 12 & 14), principal flute, in Ibert’s Flute Concerto; Craig Knox (March 16 & 18), principal tuba, in a world premiere of a PSO co-commissioned concerto by celebrated American composer Jennifer Higdon; and Anne Martindale Williams (March 23 & 25), principal cello, who will perform Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme.