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20th December 2019

Pictures from the International Tchaikovsky Residencies

Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic presented Tchaikovsky residencies in Prague, Tokyo, Vienna and Paris this autumn following the release of their The Tchaikovsky Project on Decca Classics earlier in the summer. Click below to flick through shots taken in Japan and France:

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17th December 2018

Pictures from The Inaugural Tour with the Czech Philharmonic

Autumn 2018 saw Semyon Bychkov embark on his first international tour with the Czech Philharmonic as their new Chief Conductor and Music Director. Starting in Prague for the beginning of the Orchestra’s 2018-19 season, Bychkov and the Orchestra then travelled to London, across the USA and Vienna. Click below to...

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27th April 2017

Interview with Tutti Magazine

Tutti-magazine:   You conducted the Vienna Philharmonic in their annual ball at the Musikverein, the day before yesterday.  What did you take away from the experience ?

Semyon Bychkov: It was an extraordinary experience, it is hard to find words to describe it.  The women and the debutantes were dressed in sumptuous ball gowns and the atmosphere made it feel as if one were in the 19th century.  For someone like me who sometimes wishes they’d lived in the 18th or 19th centuries, the evening reminded me of a style approrpriate to a particularly beautiful past.  As I’ve said many times to your colleagues,  I would be very happy if this beautiful and joyful spirit could be shared by as many people as possible and offer an alternative to the vulgarity and violence which occur daily in the world today.

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1st December 2013

Semyon Bychkov on Brahms

Spotlight – Listen – Review ‘The music of Brahms is always intimate, no matter how loudly it’s talking,’ says Semyon Bychkov. ‘For me, this is the great paradox: the monumentality of Brahms is in its intimacy. There is an interesting letter that he wrote in 1886 to his friend, the...

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