Associate Concertmaster Ying Fu’s daughter, Helen, helps Yannick with his luggage upon arrival at the Düsseldorf Airport.
The Orchestra performed a program of Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with Hélène Grimaud, Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, and Strauss’s Don Juan in Düsseldorf’s Tonhalle. On the flight from Paris, Yannick got on the intercom to talk to the musicians saying, “I hope you get a kick out of playing Schumann in Schumann’s city. Düsseldorf is where he conducted, composed, lived, taught, everything. So this is going to be extra special.” Photo by Heinersdorff Konzerte/Susanne Diesner
Principal Timpani Don Luizzi and members of the brass section during the concert. Photo by Jan Regan
Photo by Jan Regan
Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales and members of the wind section. Photo by Jan Regan
Yannick and the Orchestra acknowledge the rousing applause at the end of the concert. Photo by Heinersdorff Konzerte/Susanne Diesner
The Tonhalle Düsseldorf was built as a planetarium in 1926, for the GeSolLei exhibition (the largest trade fair in Germany during the Weimar Republic). It was converted into a concert hall in the 1970s. Photo by Jan Regan
The Orchestra was making its debut at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Cellist John Koen warms up before the sound check. Photo by Jan Regan
The box office at the Elbphilharmonie prior to the concert. Photo by Jan Regan
Yasuhisa Toyota, the acoustician of the Elbphilharmonie, greets Yannick backstage prior to the Orchestra’s first of two concerts in Hamburg. Toyota installed about 10,000 sheets of gypsum fiber panels that project sound into every corner of the Grand Hall, the largest performing space in the Elbphilharmonie.
The concert opened with Wayne Oquin’s Resilience, with organist Paul Jacobs, and continued with Schumann’s Fourth Symphony. Yannick and the Orchestra during the Schumann performance. Photo by Jan Regan
Photo by Jan Regan
Yannick, pianist Hélène Grimaud, and the Orchestra take a bow following the performance of Brahms’s First Piano Concerto to close the concert. Photo by Jan Regan