Violinist Boris Brovtsyn steps in at short notice for Havant Symphony Orchestra’s concert

Boris Brovtsyn
Boris Brovtsyn

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It is not only the Lone Ranger who will gallop to the rescue – to the famous tune in Rossini’s William Tell Overture – in the Havant Symphony Orchestra’s concert at Oaklands School, Waterlooville, on Saturday, March 28 (7.30pm).

Another rescue act will be performed by Boris Brovtsyn, stepping in for intended soloist Alexander Sitkovetsky in the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

Sitkovetsky has been asked as a major prizewinner in the International Classical Music Awards to perform at a gala concert in Ankara, Turkey, on the same date, but recommended Brovtsyn as a replacement.

The winner of several international violin competitions, he graduated from Moscow’s Central Music School and Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and has since played with international orchestras in France, Germany, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil and the United States.

He made his UK debut in 1998 with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba – a former winner of the HSO’s Bob Harding Bursary.

Now, current bursary holder Ignatius Wang, from the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth, conducts the William Tell Overture.

Jonathan Butcher takes the baton for the remainder of the HSO’s programme, also including the Symphony No 3 and Hungarian Dance No 6 by Brahms.

Tickets cost £18 to £6 (concessions available) from havantorchestras@hampshire.org.uk or at the door.