Milan Symphony Orchestra, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is the new director

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian28 years old, is the new one Musical Director of theMilan Symphony Orchestra starting from the 2024/2025 season. If, as the Maestro states, “Love and music know no age”, it is also true that the choice of the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir Foundation of Milan could be considered as the culmination of an artistic vision that puts young people at the center of his intense activity. This Musical Direction, moreover, is the first of Tjeknavorian’s career: “I feel overwhelmed by emotion for this appointment, it is the first Musical Direction of my career, it is a bit like the first marriage”, states Tjeknavorian, who, after his brilliant career as a solo violinist, in September 2022 he began a new phase of his musical life: that of Orchestra Conductor. The young Austrian musician began playing the violin at the age of five, but always wanted to pursue a conducting career. Thus he began to study conducting with his father, Loris Tjeknavorian, composer and conductor, and then continued to absorb the art of the baton from all the conductors with whom he worked as a violinist: starting from his success at the International Competition Sibelius in 2015, held concerts in the most renowned halls internationally and collaborated with the greatest musicians of our time

Who is Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian’s career on the podium has had an impressive rise, just think that, in the current season, he makes his debut as a conductor with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Orchester National d’Île-de-France, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Orchester Symphonique de Mulhouse and the Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein. He will make his return with the Wiener Symphoniker after his highly successful debut in the 2022/23 season, with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Grazer Philharmoniker, the Philharmonie Zuidnederland and, of course, the Milan Symphony Orchestra. Last season he made his debut as a conductor with the Filarmonica della Scala, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester of Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Gürzenich Orchester of Cologne, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Milan Symphony Orchestra, the Orchester de Chambre de Paris and the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE of Madrid, with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, with the Wiener Kammerorchester and the Wiener Singakademie.

In this rich panorama of international orchestras, a certain predilection for the temperament of Italian orchestras emerges from the words of Emmanuel Tjeknavorian: “There is a substantial difference in the Italians’ approach to life. And when the approach to life is different, the approach to making music is also different. In the eyes of Italian musicians I see a great passion that is reflected in making music, and that’s what I look for in an orchestra. The atmosphere, in general, is radically different, and from this certainly also comes a different way of playing together.” That of Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is an appointment that further strengthens the role of reference point of the Milan Symphony Orchestra on the Milanese territory, regionally and nationally, and which gives further impetus to its international projection. As stated by theCouncilor for Culture Of Lombardy region, Francesca Caruso: “The appointment of the new Musical Director Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, a 28-year-old talent appreciated for his artistic versatility, underlines the Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to young musicians and the evolution of the musical context. This commitment is in harmony with the constant attention of the Lombardy Region towards the new generations”.

The reason for the choice

Tommaso Sacchi, Councilor for Culture of the the municipality of Milan, regarding this important appointment, declared: “A young man of extraordinary experience and talent will lead the Milan Symphony Orchestra, one of the most important national symphony groups, capable of tackling a repertoire that ranges from Bach to the music of the twentieth century. Best wishes for good work to the new Director, therefore, who I am sure will continue his thirty-year work of spreading musical culture in the city, ensuring, in addition to the great quality that has always characterized the Milan Symphony Orchestra, also its new enthusiasm. “

Precisely the enthusiasm of the 28-year-old conductor was a key factor in the spark between the Austrian Maestro and the Milan Symphony Orchestra, as stated by the President from the Symphony Orchestra Foundation And Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Choir of Milan, Amber Redaelli: “Tjeknavorian showed us from the beginning his desire to dedicate himself selflessly to this project, giving his mark. It is the first time, in the history of the Foundation, that we have chosen such a young Musical Director but full of talent and energy and we can do so because the Orchestra is mature technically and musically, and can benefit from the freshness of ideas and enthusiasm of such a great talent at such a young age.”

The intentions of the new Musical Director are clear: “The Milan Symphony Orchestra, which has a very high level, has great further potential, I am very grateful to all the conductors who have contributed to the musical development of this orchestra. Through dedication and continuous study, I would like the Milan Symphony Orchestra to establish itself on the international scene. I want that when we talk about great Italian orchestras, we first mention the Milan Symphony Orchestra.” The Foundation has a Musical Director who carries out his role in a profound and very dedicated way: “The 2024/2025 Season of the Milan Symphony Orchestra is the first Season signed by Tjeknavorian, who, in addition to being the protagonist in 10 symphonic programs, becomes the fulcrum of the artistic interlocution, imprints the Orchestra with his vision, permeates the musical choices, having a prominent role in the invitation of soloists and masters and in the selection of repertoire, enhancing the numerous interactions and traditions built in recent years and proposing new ones”, continues Ambra Redaelli.

“It’s a dream come true. I have been guest conductor of many musical institutions around the world, but for me the Milan Symphony Orchestra has something special. Every time I land at Malpensa or Linate, I feel good”, says Tjeknavorian. It is in November 2022 that the young director arrives on the podium of the Milan Auditorium for the first time, proposing, for his debut, a program consisting from La mer by Claude Debussy, the Pavane for a deceased child by Ravel e Sheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. As he states Luca Santaniello, First Shoulder Violin of theMilan Symphony Orchestra: “The relationship that was created with the orchestra on that occasion was one of immediate respect and profound understanding, also in the preparation of a very complex program.”

Tjeknavorianas part of the current season, returns to the stage of the Milan Auditorium with a program consisting of Faust Overture And Prelude und Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde Of Richard Wagner and the Suite from Rosenkavalier And Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Of Richard Strauss, Friday 16th (hours 20) And Sunday 18 February (hours 16), with the Milan Symphony Orchestra, for the Symphonic Season event entitled “Love in music”.

It does not end here. Saturday 17 February offers a Bohemian program dedicated to Bedrich Smetana (Vltava from Ma Vlast) and Antonin Dvořàk (Symphony no. 8 in G major), together with theMilan Youth Symphony Orchestra.