Peter Donohoe is very proud to be the soloist with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the 1st performance of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. This concert also marks the opening of the Birmingham Symphony Hall's 2012 - 13 Season and takes place on October 2nd, exactly 70 years after the Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 was first played during the Siege of Leningrad. The program will feature Shostakovich's gigantic work alongside Rachmaninov's greatest Piano Concerto - the Third.

In 1942, the city of Leningrad was under siege by the invading Nazi forces, and Shostakovich created this massive work in defiance of German aggression. It became one of his most memorable works. Donohoe feels honoured to play the wonderful Rachmaninov 3rd Concerto with this same orchestra - now, of course renamed the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, with one of his oldest colleagues, conductor Alexander Dmitriev.

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