David Kadouch, the soloist in next Saturday's concert in Sheffield's City Hall, was the one competitor in the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition that I felt totally compelled to hear again, for he is a musician of rare interpretive insights.
The young Frenchman possesses the ability to play works as if he has never heard them performed by anyone else, bringing a new, fresh and unaffected approach to works that we all know so well.
Before arriving in Leeds, he had been successful in the hugely influential Bonn Beethoven Competition. It provided the vital stepping stone on which he is building a career with recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall, the Bolshoi Hall in Moscow and high profile engagements in the festivals of Lucerne, Montreux, Santander and Jerusalem. A much acclaimed recent CD release of music by Shostakovich follows a DVD made at the Symphony Centre in Chicago where he appeared with conductor, Daniel Barenboim.
He has chosen Ravel's jazzy Piano Concerto, a perfect vehicle to display his immense technical brilliance in the fast and effervescent finale.
Equally young, and at the onset of a major career, the conductor, Robin Ticciati, was described by Simon Rattle as 'the one to watch', and soon after he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
The orchestra is the Halle, the concert opening in with Berlioz's overture Beatrice et Benedict, and closing with the First Symphony by Brahms, a score that readily defines the attributes of conductors with ambition.
Halle Orchestra, Sheffield City Hall, Jan 29, 7pm. 0114 2789789.