British conductor Harry Ogg begins the New Year stepping in to conduct his first subscription concert with the Gürzenich Orchester Köln. Having made his debut with the orchestra in a special seasonal programme last month, he steps back up to the podium for three performances of Szymanowski’s Suite from Król Roger and Symphony No. 4 for piano and orchestra with Cédric Tiberghien, plus Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 D major with Noa Wildschut.
Speaking about the step-in on social media, Harry said:
“Feeling genuinely humbled to have been asked to step in at late notice to conduct this amazing subscription programme of Szymanowski and Mozart with the @guerzenichorch at the @koelnmusik” @harry_ogg
Harry first came to international attention following successes at both the Donatella Flick and MDR Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competitions in 2018; successes which sparked two exciting positions for the young conductor: Assistant Conductor to François-Xavier Roth at Gürzenich Orchester Köln and Associate Conductor at Welsh National Opera.
As Assistant to François-Xavier Roth, Harry assists both Maestro Roth and guest conductors on numerous orchestral weeks throughout the season, as well as leading rehearsals with the newly founded Kölner Bürgerorchester. Highlights of his tenure in Cardiff include conducting performances of Carmen both at the Wales Millennium Centre and on tour in the United Kingdom (27 Feb to 3 April 2020), and assisting Tomáš Hanus on Prokofiev’s War and Peace for the WNO at the Royal Opera House.
Alongside his work in Cologne and Cardiff, Harry has recently collaborated with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic on rehearsals and recordings with Leif Ove Andsnes, and will make his debut with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal this coming June. He will return to the Gürzenich Orchester Köln podium on 30 April, conducting an education concert featuring Beethoven Symphony No. 6.
Harry studied orchestral conducting with Professor Nicolás Pasquet and Professor Ekhart Wycik at the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar.
Further reading: Meet Harry Ogg: “it’s hard to describe how wonderful making music with others is…”
Pianist Cédric Tiberghien travels to Cologne following a duo performance at Berlin’s Boulez Saal with regular collaborator Alina Ibragimova. He spoke to the orchestra ahead of this week’s performances, reflecting on the role of the piano in Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 4:
“The piano is inside and outside the orchestra, at the same time! It’s definitely a leader, but a leader who is happy to give space to other characters, ready to support some characters and give them a texture, a colour, a light. There is sometimes an element of fight, with the orchestra almost overwhelming the piano, but it belongs to the construction of the piece. It’s a very complete piece for the pianist, not only being a soloist, but as well a real part of the whole!”
10 January, Go LateNight with Harry Ogg, Kölner Philharmonie
12, 13, 14 January, Kölner Philharmonie