Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Edinburgh International Festival

Canadian Marc-Andr Hamelin is a true piano virtuoso in the mould of historical greats Liszt or Rachmaninov, combining astonishing power with a miraculous, impeccable technique " and exceptional sensitivity.

He joins Edinburghs own Scottish Chamber Orchestra and opens with Beethoven's dramatic Leonore Overture No 3. This is followed by Chopins breathtakingly beautiful Second Piano Concerto, full of youthful high spirits and heart-on-its-sleeve emotion.

Eminent Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste was the SCOs Principal Conductor in the late 1980s, and he returns to the Orchestra for his compatriot Sibeliuss elegant but stirring Third Symphony, lesser known but full of the composers renowned vigour and evocative scene-painting.