23 August 2022
By Ellie Palmer
Piano heavyweights Martha Argerich and Sir András Schiff are both set to appear
The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, alongside its founding conductor Marios Papadopoulos, have announced the line-up for their 2022/23 season.
2023 marks the orchestra's 25th anniversary. The celebrations will commence with a Barbican concert on 6 February 2023 with violinist Maxim Vengerov and a new celebratory work by John Rutter, before a German tour with Martha Argerich in spring 2023. Argerich and the orchestra will head to Isarphilharmonie concert hall in Munich to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1 in Munich (2 April) and Heilbronn (3 April).
Left to right: Sir András Schiff (©Nadia Romanini), Alim Beisembayev (©Warner Classics) and Martha Argerich (©Classic FM)
Other pianists set to appear include Simon Trpčeski (19 Sept 2022), harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani (16 Oct), Louis Schwizgebel (20 Oct 2022), recent Leeds Piano winner Alim Beisembayev (14 Jan 2023), Sir András Schiff (15 Feb 2023), Lise de la Salle (9 Mar 2023), Samantha Ege (22 Apr 2023) and Paul Lewis (29 Jun 2023). Argerich will appear again, this time at the Sheldonian Theatre, on 31 Mar 2023.
"We combine music old and new, known and unknown, big and small, punctuating the season with landmark large-scale legacy pieces," comments Marios Papadopoulos. "Once again, we will be joined by choirs that have helped make Oxford famous as a centre of musical as well as academic excellence. We perform music from all over the world all over the city − and beyond."
A full line-up of the entire season can be found here.