Artist Change

Giovanni Guzzo to step in for Elaine Clark as soloist on Friday, 7 July 2017 at National Concert Hal

30 June 2017.


Violinist Giovanni Guzzo will step in as soloist for Elaine Clark in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, as part of the COOL CLASSICS concert with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, on Friday, 7 July 2017, at the National Concert Hall. Elaine has withdrawn due to unforseen circumstances.

Friday 7 July 2017, 8pm, National Concert Hall

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Season

Cool Classics

SIBELIUS Finlandia

BRUCH Scottish Fantasy (Giovanni Guzzo replaces Elaine Clark)

H.C. LUMBYE Goodnight Polka

H.C. LUMBYE Champagne Galop

H.C. LUMBYE Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop

SIBELIUS The Swan of Tuonela

GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

This concert is a heart-warming celebration of Scandinavian music featuring three masterpieces: Sibelius’ stirring Finlandia and opulent The Swan of Tuonela, and Grieg’s colourful showpiece, the first Peer Gynt Suite. The great Dane HC Lumbye adds glitter and gaiety with two dashing galops and the deliciously dreamy Goodnight Polka. Bruch’s vivid and virtuosic Scottish Fantasy bring violinist Giovanni Guzzo centre stage.



MICHAEL LEE RTÉ lyric fm presenter

Tickets: €35, €29.50, €23.50, €15 (Choir Balcony)

Concession: €31.50, €26.55,€21.15, €13.50 (Choir Balcony)

10% discount for Groups of 10 or more Booking: 01 417 000 / /

Giovanni Guzo biography

Giovanni Guzzo (30) has captivated audiences around the world with his unique and passionate approach to his performances. Following his sensational solo debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, critics described him as a “wonderfully magnetic” and “commanding” performer. He is a protégé of renowned French virtuoso violinist Maurice Hasson, and was granted a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he graduated with the highest honours. He previously studied with Zakhar Bron at Madrid’s Escuela de Música Reina Sofía.

Giovanni has worked closely with leading artists, including Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Martin Fröst, Daniel Hope, Stephen Hough, Kristóf Baráti, Mats Lidstrom, Gábor Takács-Nagy, István Várdai,

the Takacs Quartet and Maxim Vengerov. He has won numerous awards including Her Majesty the Queen’s commendation for Excellence, Gold medal at Marlow Music Festival, PROMIS award given by the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Manoug Parikian and Myra Hess award.

As a soloist, Giovanni continues to perform with the finest symphony orchestras and in some of the most prestigious venues around the world, including London’s Wigmore Hall and Zurich’s Tonhalle. He is a regular guest at Verbier Festival in Switzerland and Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival in Germany. At the invitation if its music director, Iván Fischer, he is principal guest leader of the world-famous Budapest Festival Orchestra and was recently appointed Violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, one of the youngest musicians to receive this distinction in the institution’s history. He plays on a 1759 Nicola Gagliano violin, kindly on extended loan to him by a private benefactor.