The Belgrade Philharmonic will be performing with cello superstar Julian Stekel and young conductor Hossein Pishkar at Kolarac Hall on Friday, March 18, at 8:00 p.m. The concert program features works by Jean Sibelius Night Ride and Sunrise and Symphony No. 3, as well as Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra by Ernest Bloch.

Julian Steckel is recognized as one of the leading cellists of our time. He has received prestigious awards and very favorable reviews around the world for his masterful, authentic interpretations. He regularly performs with leading orchestras and the greatest conductors, and the performance he had with the Belgrade Philharmonic in 2011 was very memorable. The pandemic has postponed a new meeting between Steckel and the Belgrade Philharmonic, so the public has been eagerly awaiting this Friday’s concert and the performance of Ernest Bloch’s rhapsodic composition for cello and orchestra, named Schelomo, as the incarnation of King Solomon.

The Belgrade Philharmonic is continuing its trend of presenting young upcoming conductors who occupy the world’s musical attention. One of them is Hossein Pishkar, a young Iranian conductor, whose life took him from his native Tehran through Germany to music stages around the world. At this upcoming concert, he will be conducting two compositions by Jean Sibelius, which are on the Belgrade Philharmonic’s concert program for the first time.

Indisputably the greatest Finnish composer, Sibelius has long been the subject of controversy and conflicting opinions among music professionals, but his success with the audience has never been questioned. In addition to the strong national stamp that his works exude, they also present powerful sound images of magnificent landscapes. Thus, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra will “take” us on a sleigh ride through the North with Night Ride and Sunrise and also Symphony No. 3, which is performed less frequently. Tickets are on sale at the Belgrade Philharmonic’s box-office, as well as online.