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February 2, 2012
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Eugene Tzigane, principal conductor

Amit Peled, cello soloist

Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 30, 2012 – For more than 60 years, this accomplished 80-member orchestra has fulfilled a vital role as cultural ambassador for its region of Europe and abroad. Under the direction of Principal Conductor Eugene Tzigane, Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic appears for the first time at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The program for the evening includes Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor. Virtuoso cellist Amit Peled also joins the orchestra for Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor by Victor Herbert.

Founded more than six decades ago, the Herford, Germany-based Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic has earned a stellar reputation nationally and internationally for its superior technical skill, incredible professionalism and inspiring enthusiasm. It has attracted such world-class opera luminaries as Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann and Elena Garanca, who have all been accompanied by the orchestra on their tours of Germany. In addition, the orchestra participates in numerous outreach concerts and activities in schools in its homeland and presents regular educational programs that have been successful in engaging audiences of all ages. The orchestra has also produced more than 100 recordings and performed on numerous radio productions throughout its history, mainly for the “Westdeutscher Rundfunk” in Cologne.

In 2010, at age 29, Eugene Tzigane was appointed the principal conductor of the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic, making him one of the youngest chief conductors in Germany. He is also the principal guest conductor of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Poland. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Tzigane earned the first prize in the 2007 International Fitelberg Competition, and second prize in the 2008 Sir Georg Solti Competition and the 2007 Matacic Competition. He has appeared with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Brandenburg State Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic & Choir, the Zagreb Philharmonic and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra among others. In 2009, Tzigane made his opera-conducting debut at the Bavarian State Opera in a production of “Così fan tutte” in the Cuvilliés Theater in Munich, and was subsequently invited to conduct the revival of Oper Frankfurt’s new production of “Die Fledermaus.”

Israeli cellist Amit Peled is considered by many to be one of the most thrilling instrumentalists performing today. “Simply gorgeous sound,” raves the Baltimore Sun about this stunning instrumentalist, who has appeared as a soloist with orchestras at numerous prestigious venues across the globe, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin and Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv. He has presented master classes at numerous summer music festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival and the Mizra International Academy and Festival in Israel, among others. Peled has released two critically acclaimed albums, “The Jewish Soul” and “Cellobration” on the Centaur Records label. He is a professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. Peled plays a rare 1689 Andrea Guarneri cello.


Tickets for NORDWEST DEUTSCHE PHILHARMONIC are $25, $42, $50. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit


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