Conductor: Conrad van Alphen

Soloist: Alexey Stadler (cello)

Wilhelm Grosz “Serenade”

Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor

Strauss “Also sprach Zarathustra”

South African-born Dutch conductor Conrad van Alphen  is artistic director and chief conductor of Sinfonia Rotterdam and has moulded this orchestra into one internationally-acclaimed. It presents concert series in de Doelen in Rotterdam, the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague and in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  He is also a frequent guest conductor in Russia, Germany, Holland and South Africa and has taken the Russian National Orchestra and his own Sinfonia Rotterdam on several international tours.  His many CDs have received excellent reviews internationally and he has collaborated with soloists such as violinists Daniel Hope, Janine Jansen and Benjamin Schmid.

One of the finest young cellists of his generation and winner of the 2012 TONALi Grand Prix in Hamburg, Alexey Stadler caused one sensation after another after his recent recent debuts at BBC Proms under Vasily Petrenko, with San Francisco Symphony and Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, both with Vladimir Ashkenazy. He received several awards including the national titles Young Talent (2008, 2009 and 2010) and Hope of Russia (2008, 2009). He has won first prizes at competitions in France and Austria and also received chamber music prizes in Italy and Austria with pianist Karina Sposobina. In 2008 he recorded Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata on an instrument by A. Jacout which had once belonged to the Russian Emperor Nicholas II. His second CD featuring cello miniatures was released in 2009.