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When peace came to Europe after World War II, Vaughan Williams was already the grand old man of British music.

No-one expected the sheer, explosive force of his astonishing Sixth and, 70 years on, this firestorm of a symphony still leaves listeners reeling: John Storgårds unleashes its power at The Bridgewater Hall Manchester.

Vaughan Williams wrote The Lark Ascending on the eve of a different war, but there’s a good reason why it regularly tops polls for Britain’s best-loved piece of classical music. If you’re one of the millions who’ve voted for it, we think you’ll also fall in love both with Grieg’s gentle Lyric Suite, and the gorgeous Violin Concerto by his Bradford-born friend Frederick Delius, performed tonight by the exceptional Guy Braunstein.

Violinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and studied the violin under the guidance of Chaim Taub and later in New York with Glenn Dicterow and Pinchas Zuckerman.

He started performing as an international soloist and a chamber musician at a young age and has since played with the Israel Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Bamberg Symphony, Copenhagen Radio and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras, as well as the Philharmonica de la Scala, Berliner Philharmoniker and many others.

His success brought him quickly to the world's most important venues and he has collaborated with musicians such as Issac Stern, András Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Vladimir Fedosejew, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Barenboim, Lioba Braun, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Ushida, Andrey Boreyko, Lang Lang, Jonathan Nott, Emmanuel Ax, Gary Bertini, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Semyon Bychkov and Angelika Kirschlager.

Guy was the youngest person to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position which heralded his debut as an orchestral member. He retired from this position at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Highlights of his 2014-15 season include concerto performances with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra & Ulster Orchestra. Guy will also play-direct concerts with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Noord Nederlands Orkest and the Poznan Philharmonic amongst others. He will perform chamber music and recitals throughout Europe as well as appearing at the Mozart Festival in Bogota.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
7:30 Saturday 21 Feb 2015

Grieg Lyric Suite, Op 54
Delius Violin Concerto
Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending Symphony No. 6 in E minor

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