The Utah Symphony presents Grieg's Piano Concerto with Alexandra Dariescu for her U.S. Concerto Debut

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (April 2, 2018) – Join Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu as she makes her Utah Symphony debut and U.S. concerto debut with Grieg’s mighty Piano Concerto under the baton of Kazuki Yamada. The program of Nielsen, Grieg, and Sibelius will take place on April 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are priced from $15-$83 and can be purchased online at or by calling (801) 533-6683. This concert is a part of the Family Night program, where a family of two adults and two children can attend for only $30. Additional children are $5 each, up to 6 per pass.

Alexandra Dariescu was recently named ‘one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career’ by the “International Piano Magazine.” Ms. Dariescu has appeared on the stages of New York’s Carnegie Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to the Royal Albert Hall. She recently released her own production “The Nutcracker and I,” a groundbreaking multimedia performance created for piano solo, with dance and digital animation. This season will see Ms. Dariescu complete her triology recording of Messiaen and Faure preludes and her official U.S. concerto debut with the Utah Symphony.

Kazuki Yamada is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. In Japan he holds further titles of Principal Guest Conductor of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Permanent Conductor of Japan Philharmonic, and Music Director and Chairman of The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo. A frequent guest conductor, Mr. Yamada’s last performance with the Utah Symphony was jazz favorite “Rhapsody in Blue” in April of 2017.

A pre-concert lecture free to all ticketholders will take place at all Masterworks Series performances in Abravanel Hall’s First Tier Room 45 minutes prior to each performance.

The Utah Symphony Presents
Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Alexandra Dariescu
April 20 and 21 | 7:30PM | Abravanel Hall

Alexandra Dariescu, piano
Kazuki Yamada, conductor

NIELSEN                   “Helios Overture”
GRIEG                       Piano Concerto
SIBELIUS                   Symphony No. 2

Conductor Sponsor:
The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation

Tickets are priced from $15-$83 and can be purchased online at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

About the Utah Symphony

Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony performs more than 175 concerts each season and offers all Utahns easy access to world-class live musical performances of the world’s greatest music in the state’s top venues. Since being named the orchestra’s seventh music director in 2009, Thierry Fischer has attracted leading musicians and top soloists, refreshed programming, drawn increased audiences, and galvanized community support. In addition to numerous regional and domestic tours, including the Mighty 5® Tour of Utah’s national parks, the Utah Symphony has embarked on seven international tours and performed at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2016 coinciding with the orchestra’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The Utah Symphony has released more than 100 recordings, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Fall 2017, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (2015) and Dawn to Dust (2016), which features three Utah Symphony-commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra’s parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving around 75,000 students annually. In addition to performances in its home in Salt Lake City, Abravanel Hall, and concerts throughout the state of Utah, the Utah Symphony participates in Utah Opera's four annual productions at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre and presents the six-week Deer Valley® Music Festival each summer in Park City, Utah. With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation. For more information visit


Season Sponsor for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.

2017-18 Masterworks Series Sponsor: O.C. Tanner