Andrés Orozco-Estrada in conversation with Philipp Bohnen (13 min.)
The Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in May 2017 with an unusual programme. In addition to Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony in which the Russian composer merely appears to submit to the dogmas of “socialist realism”, he also conducted Richard Strauss’s Macbeth, and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto which was written while in exile in America: two works which are rarely performed and which the orchestra had not played for many years. The evening’s soloist was the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. In this interview, broadcast during the interval of the concert, violinist Philipp Bohnen, who has been a member of the orchestra since 2007, talks to Orozco-Estrada about the programme and his feelings during his first performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker.