Ailing pianist and last-minute switch for conductor Karina Canellakis and Montreal Symphony

Posted on: May 21, 2019

“In one of the most anticipated concerts of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s season, Karina Canellakis was making her OSM debut on May 15 with a program comprising orchestral excerpts from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde as well as Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra in the first half, and … Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Russian piano phenom Daniil Trifonov as soloist,” writes Robert Powat in Thursday’s (5/16) CBC Music (Canada). “But … OSM double bassist Scott Feltham posted the following account on Facebook after the concert: ‘Daniil Trifonov … became suddenly ill just before the beginning of the concert and had to be taken to the hospital…. Instead, Madeleine Careau, our CEO, announced Trifonov’s illness and the resulting change in program. We performed Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Cold. No rehearsing. In front of 2,000-ish people. Bravo to all my colleagues. Bravo especially to maestra Karina Canellakis, conducting us for the first time. Time for a beer.’ … Feltham explained that the members of the orchestra were informed about the last-minute change by the OSM’s personnel manager Jean Gaudreault at 8:02 p.m., when they were already onstage.” Trifonov later recovered and performed two concerts with the OSM on May 16 and 17.

Posted May 21, 2019