Johannes Brahms, the protagonist in the second concert of the Orquesta Sinfónica Illes Balears at the Auditorium of Palma.

Feb 1, 2024 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Concert for Piano No. 1 will be performed with the soloist pianist Gerhard Oppitz and the Symphony No. 3 by the German composer.

The Orquesta Sinfónica Illes Balears dedicates the second concert of the cycle Auditorium de Palma to the greatness of Johannes Brahms. One of the most important German composers in Romanticism and influential in the development of music. It will be performed the Piano Concerto No. 1 with solo pianist Gerhard Oppitz and Symphony No. 3, conducted by maestro Pablo Mielgo. It will take place on February 1, 2024, at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Symphony’s website (

The second concert of the Orquesta Sinfónica Illes Balears at the Auditorium of Palma.

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Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, composed between 1854 and 1858, is a work structured in three movements characterized by its romanticism, dramatism and melancholy. To perform this piece, the Symphony will count on the soloist pianist Gerhard Oppitz.

The German pianist Gerhard Oppitz, born in 1953 in Frauenau, began playing the piano at the age of five. When he was eleven, he gave his first public concert, playing Mozart’s Concerto in D minor; he was discovered by Professor Paul Buck of the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. He studied with Buck until 1974 when he moved to Munich to attend Hugo Steurer’s master classes.

Oppitz’s career gained international momentum in 1977 when he became the first German to win the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv. This milestone, at the same time an almost political event, led to concert tours throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. In 1978, Oppitz recorded his first album and, in the same year, Munich Musikhochschule offered him a teaching position. At first he was afraid that this job would not be compatible with his concert commitments, but finally, in 1981 he agreed to give a master class and became the youngest professor in the school’s history.

The concert will end with Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 better known as “Heroica”. Composed in four movements, it combines serious, amusing, intellectual and earthy parts.

The concert will be repeated the next day at the Auditori de Manacor at 7.30 pm.