Munich Philharmonic with Gergiev

Munich Philharmonic with Gergiev

Valery Gergiev returns to NJPAC to lead the mighty Munich Philharmonic in a program of masterworks, including Beethoven’s noble and demanding Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) with guest soloist Behzod Abduraimov.

Following his recent success with the Mariinsky Orchestra at NJPAC, Gergiev is back as Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, an ensemble that has evolved into a powerhouse under such famous past conductors as Bruno Walter, Christian Thielemann and Lorin Maazel.

The afternoon’s program features pianist Behzod Abduraimov performing the last and best known of Beethoven’s five piano concertos, the magnificent “Emperor” concerto, regarded historically as the bridge between the Classical and Romantic styles. Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, born from the political turmoil of the suppressive Stalinist regime, stands as a towering example of that composer’s creative genius.  

A champion of Russian composers past and present, Gergiev is former Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic and the orchestras of La Scala, New York, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Since 2013, he has directed the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America on two European tours.

Abduraimov has appeared with orchestras worldwide, among them the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra, and conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, James Gaffigan and Vladimir Jurowski. He performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in an acclaimed return to the Hollywood Bowl last year. His highly impressive debut at the BBC Proms with the Munich Philharmonic under Gergiev in 2016 was recently released as a DVD.

“Uzbekistani pianist Behzod Abduraimov is fast becoming one of the finest musicians of his generation,” raves The Los Angeles Times.


NICO Kitchen + Bar will be open for this performance.


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5