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Open Rehearsal: Bruce Liu plays Rachmaninov

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Bruce Liu playing the piano in concert


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Bruce Liu – piano


Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 Listen

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 Listen

How does a conductor communicate their interpretation of a piece with an orchestra and the soloist as they prepare for a performance?

Our Open Rehearsals give you access to this creative process and allow you to see the Philharmonia at work. Learn more about the pieces and start to listen to your favourites with a fresh pair of ears.

Bruce Liu made his UK debut with the Philharmonia in 2022, not long after winning the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition. He returns in arguably the most popular concerto in history. Composed as Rachmaninov recovered from years of depression and writer’s block, his Second Piano Concerto is a passionate outpouring of creativity: stormy strings, achingly lonely clarinet, and a piano part with more memorable melodies than many composers write in a lifetime.

Santtu follows this with another twentieth-century masterpiece, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. Rumoured to contain a musical depiction of Stalin, this symphony certainly speaks of darkness and fear. But Shostakovich also wove in a motif whose notes represent his own name – the individual standing up against oppression, humanity and creativity defiant and unvanquished.

This concert is supported by an anonymous donor.

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Running time

Approximately 3 hrs (subject to change)

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.

Contact the Friends team

Phone: 020 7921 3906

Concerto and Symphony Friends

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Open Rehearsals are not performances. Playing may be paused at various intervals in order for the conductor, soloist and orchestra to agree on specific styles and dynamics.

Open rehearsals will take place in the auditorium where the concert is due to be performed, unless otherwise specified. Times and repertoire being rehearsed will be confirmed prior to the rehearsal date, as these schedules are subject to change.

Please note that open rehearsals are working processes for the conductor and the Orchestra. Timings are subject to change and every endeavour will be made to let ticket holders know in advance about any such changes. Please check our website for up-to-date information.


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
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