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The return of Andrés Orozco-Estrada to the podium of the Rai Orchestra; Emanuel Ax on the piano
The Colombian maestro, main director of the Rai team, presents music by Beethoven and Berlioz
Organized by: Rai National Symphony Orchestra
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National Symphony Orchestra of Rai Presents

“ Season 2023 -24 ”
Andrés Orozco-Estrada returns to directRai National Symphony Orchestra of which he is Chief Conductor: the Colombian maestro will be the protagonist of the two concerts scheduled on 9 and 10 May 2024 toRai Arturo Toscanini Auditorium in Turin, accompanied by the solo piano of Emanuel Ax.

The evening opens with Concert no. 3 in C minor for piano and orchestra op. 37 of Ludwig van Beethoven, a very successful page and workhorse of virtuoso pianists throughout the 19th century. Written between 1798 and 1803, the work is characterized by violent dramatic conflicts, reminiscent of those of the contemporary “Eroica” Symphony. To interpret the famous composition will be Emanuel Ax, protagonist on the most prestigious stages around the world since in 1974, at the age of twenty-five, he won the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. Polish by origin, born in Lviv, Ukraine but raised in Canada and educated in the United States and France, Ax has been awarded the Grammy Award several times.

The second part of the program moves to France: Andrés Orozco-Estrada, which introduces listening together with the artistic director of the Rai Orchestra Ernesto Schiavi, will propose the Symphonie fantastique op. 14 of Hector Berlioz, an authentic testing ground for all the great symphony orchestras.

Composed in 1830 in the wake of his ardent passion for the actress Harriet Smithson - who initially rejected the composer, becoming his wife only three years later -, the work inaugurates the new genre of programmed symphonic compositions, of which it represents the first example ever. The five movements of Fantastic symphony, which Berlioz described as "an immense instrumental composition of a new genre, with which I will try to strongly impress the listeners", are in fact conceived as "episodes in the life of an artist", in which the composer, disappointed by a romantic rejection , falls into a sleep populated by strange visions that translate into musical images: the woman he loves becomes for him a melody that, like a fixed idea, he finds and laughs at everywhere.


(Photo: Andrés Orozco-Estrada, ©Werner Kmetitsch | Emanuel Ax, credit Lisa Marie Mazzucco)  


The concert of May 9th is transmitted in live on Radio3;
the reply of May 10 is proposed in live stream from Rai Cultura ( and will be broadcast by Rai5 the next 4th July.
The return of Andrés Orozco-Estrada to the podium of the Rai Orchestra; Emanuel Ax on the piano

Other information of interest

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, born in Medellín, Colombia, in 1977, he regularly conducts orchestras such as the Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker, the Staatskapelle in Dresden, the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig and that of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

He led ensembles such as the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Houston Symphony. From the 2025/2026 season he will become Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Cologne, taking the reins of the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Opera of the German city, one of the most important European cultural metropolises.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada made his debut with OSN Rai in May 2022, starting his collaboration as the team's main director in October 2023.


Andrés Orozco-Estrada director
Emanuel Ax piano

Rai National Symphony Orchestra


Ludwig van Beethoven
Concert no. 3 in C minor for piano and orchestra, op. 37

Hector Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique


9 May 2024 at 8.30 pm
10 May 2024 at 8.00 pm


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