• Horn player Felix Klieser makes his UK concerto debut with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), marking the start of a two-year tenure as the Orchestra’s Artist-in-Residence.
  • Klieser performs Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.4, K.495, in Poole (17 Nov) and Exeter (19 Nov) with the BSO and conductor Kirill Karabits.
  • He will also deliver a talk as a guest speaker at the University of Exeter’s Festival of Compassion (18 Nov).

Audiences will experience Klieser’s playing at Lighthouse, Poole (Wed 17 Nov) and Exeter’s Great Hall (Fri 19 Nov), as part of the BSO’s return to symphonic touring this autumn.

The Poole performance (Wed 17 Nov) will also be livestreamed to a global audience, presented by broadcaster Tom Service. The concert will be available to view online for 30 days.

Known for his phenomenal drive to become one of the world’s finest horn players, Klieser has achieved great acclaim throughout Europe. He’s performed with a range of artists from Sir Simon Rattle to Sting, and has provided inspiration to a new generation of performers.

Felix Klieser said: “I can’t wait to begin my tenure as the BSO’s Artist-in-Residence, working closely with the Orchestra’s musicians through concerto and chamber music performances and outreach activity together. As we re-emerge from the global pandemic, celebrating live music and human connection, it’ll be wonderful to be embedded within such a creative community.

“I’m looking forward to playing for the BSO’s loyal audiences in Poole and Exeter as the Orchestra returns to touring this autumn, and to sharing my story as part of the Festival of Compassion at Exeter University.”

On starting the two-year partnership, Klieser will become the first German horn player to have a residency with a major British orchestra.

As part of his first UK symphonic tour he will deliver a talk as part of the University of Exeter’s Festival of Compassion (Thurs 18 Nov). Klieser will discuss his journey to become one of the leading musicians of his generation.

Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra said, “Felix is a phenomenal musician, his energy and drive is utterly captivating and I cannot wait for our audiences to witness his music-making. It’s the first time that the BSO has contracted a two-year residency, and I’m proud that Felix has agreed to come to the South West to join our creative community at such an important time in our history as we resume symphonic touring.”

The BSO continues to broadcast its main season each Wednesday night from Poole —following its inaugural year of livestreamed broadcasts — and resumes its symphonic touring this autumn, with concerts in Basingstoke, Exeter, and Portsmouth.

The Orchestra’s Autumn Series of symphonic concerts is supported by Season Sponsor Investec. The Artist-in-Residence programme is generously supported by Terence and Annette O’Rourke.

Felix Klieser will perform Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.4, K.495 with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits at Lighthouse, Poole (Wed 17 Nov) and University Great Hall, Exeter (Fri 19 Nov). The livestreamed concert will be available for 30 days. For details visit www.bsolive.com

Klieser will give a talk at the University of Exeter’s Festival of Compassion (Thurs 18 Nov). For details see www.exeter.ac.uk/staff/festivalofcompassion



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