Semyon Bychkov extends his contract with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov |  Photo: Petra Hajská, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Mr. Bychkov was born in Leningrad, but after facing anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, he moved to the United States in his early twenties.

Since then, he has performed with many of the most important orchestras in the world, such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra or the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and has produced in several of the biggest venues in the world.

Semyon Bychkov succeeded the late Jiří Bělohlávek as conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He thus becomes the fourth foreign conductor since 1989 to take over the largest orchestra in the country, after the German Gerd Albrecht, the Russian-Icelandic pianist, composer and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Israeli conductor Eliahu Inbal.

Semyon Bychkov |  Photo: Petra Hajská, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Over the past five years, Semyon Bychkov has recorded the complete symphonic works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with the Czech Orchestra and has started recording Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. The orchestra has performed on prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall in New York and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

On today’s Sunday Music Show, we’ll hear their recording of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

Berta D. Wells