The opening night of the Northern Aldborough Festival promises to be like no other! London’s Fantasia Orchestra, under the baton of its young conductor Tom Fetherstonhaugh, has been blazing a trail through the UK arts scene since its foundation in 2016. Recent collaborators include Tasmin Little, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jess Gillam and Jennifer Pike. In tonight’s concert, Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto is performed by the winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2021, Alim Beisembayev. The programme also includes Tchaikovsky’s heartfelt Serenade for Strings.
Alim Beisembayev won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in September 2021, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Manze. He also took home the medici.tv Audience Prize and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society Prize for contemporary performance, with The Guardian praising him as a “worthy winner” with a “real musical personality”. Announced as a BBC New Generation Artist 2023-25, in summer 2023 Alim made his Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms debut performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Sinfonia of London conducted by John Wilson broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded for BBC Television.