Another enforced debut at the New York Philharmonic

Another enforced debut at the New York Philharmonic


norman lebrecht

November 09, 2021

Semyon Bychkov is the latest artist who is unable to get to New York for a concert.

His replacement next week will be the Finnish-Russian Dima Slobodeniouk, making his debut.

Dima was already in the US for concerts with the Boston Symphony.

He is presently music director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia in Spain.


  • John Borstlap says:

    In this way, corona creates a silver lining for talents who otherwise would probably not have had the chances.

  • V. Lind says:

    Enforced? Odd choice of word.

  • Just a member of the audience says:

    He led excellent renditions of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto and the Dvorak 7th Symphony with the BSO. It’s a good catch for the NY Philharmonic.

    • Herr Doktor says:

      Actually, Slobodeniouk’s concert with the BSO was SUPERLATIVE. It’s difficult to imagine we’ll hear a better one this season. Having now heard Slobodeniouk live twice, I have to say, he has hugely impressed me. I want to hear more of his repertoire, but so far he has only convinced me that he’s a major talent. You should have heard the response the orchestra gave Slobodeniouk last Thursday night at the end of the concert with their foot stomping and bow-waving on stage. That’s extremely rare for the BSO, and the only time I’ve heard a similar response (it was actually even louder) was for Bernard Haitink’s last concerts with the BSO when he performed Brahms’s 2nd piano concerto and the 2nd symphony.

      Anyone who is in NYC who has a ticket for those NY Phil concerts is almost certainly in for something special. Mark my words.

  • bet says:

    Good for the NYPhil to try out a wider slate of candidates, but Borda’s eyes are still fixed on a woman MD.

    In this business, buzz still matters, and nothing will move the needle more than naming the first woman music director of a Big Five.

    Interesting that being gay is no big news in classical music, Boston and NY and Philadelphia have always had gay music directors.

  • perturbo says:

    In Cleveland, Bychokov will be replaced by Thierry Fischer (who hasn’t conducted here before) and Gustavo Gimeno (who has).

  • Larry says:

    “Enforced” is a rather harsh word. No? Perhaps “unscheduled” might be better.

  • Slobodeniouk was masterful when he did Nielsen 5 in Cleveland a couple years back. Definitely one to watch.

  • mark says:

    The US has some rather draconian restrictions for entering . Rather absurd when Americans can travel overseas more easily even though the country has a very high percentage of anti vaxxers.

  • Frank says:

    Slobodeniouk is a terrific conductor, period.