Over the past month, the young conductor Alessandro Crudele has been leading orchestras in South Africa, building upon his already excellent reputation in a new territory. He has conducted the Johannesburg Philharmonic and the KZN Philharmonic in thirteen concerts across Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.
South Africa’s leading English language newspaper The Citizen has praised Alessandro’s conducting, saying: “Crudele gave a highly dramatic interpretation [of Tchaikovsky’s tone poem, Francesca da Rimini], replete with the enormous dynamic contrasts that the composer demands”. artSMart celebrated Alessandro’s resonant performance and Pretoria News noted Alessandro’s “flair for buoyant music making”.
Alessandro concludes his tour of South Africa tomorrow evening when he will conduct a concert of Ravel, Saint-Saëns and Sibelius in Pretoria.