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January 30, 2018

Lincoln Center Announces 2018/19 Great Performers Season

Great Performers


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Lincoln Center Announces 2018/19 Great Performers Season


Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Philharmonia Orchestra in pair of concerts

featuring works by Bruckner, Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Salonen;

Manfred Honeck leads Pittsburgh Symphony in Mahler


London Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian National Orchestra

return to Symphonic Masters series


Visits from World Renowned Chamber Orchestras: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra with

Anne Sofie von Otter and Anthony Roth Costanza; Les Arts Florissants and William Christie;

Australian Chamber Orchestra featuring Inon Barnatan; and Italy’s Accademia Bizantina


Virtuoso Recitals showcase violinist Hilary Hahn in solo Bach program;

clarinetist Martin Fröst; pianist Piotr Anderszewski in the Diabelli Variations;

and dazzling trio of Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, and Steven Isserlis


Takács Quartet Explores Schubert in two performances


Plus, Sunday Coffee Concert Series spotlights rising stars; Great Pianists on Film;

and Free Chamber Music in the David Rubenstein Atrium


January 30, 2018 — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced its 53rd season of Great Performers, dedicated to presenting many of the world’s most accomplished and inspirational artists in the concert halls and performance venues across the institution’s storied campus. This coming season brings distinguished soloists, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and conductors from across the globe, showcasing them at the height of their artistry.


Highlights of the 2018/19 season include performances by Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the Philharmonia Orchestra in back-to-back concerts featuring Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony and the conductor’s own work. Closing out the season, Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a blockbuster program of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with pianist Till Fellner and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.


Visits from the world’s most renowned chamber orchestras feature the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan joined by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in a centuries-spanning program juxtaposing two premieres by Caroline Shaw, with duets and arias by Handel and Purcell. French Baroque favorites Les Arts Florissants and conductor William Christie perform Haydn’s The Creation, and acclaimed ensembles Accademia Bizantina of Italy and the Australian Chamber Orchestra make anticipated New York appearances.


Two brilliant soloists return to subjects that helped launch their careers in a pair of recitals: Hilary Hahn will perform a solo Bach program bringing new insight to a composer she explored in her debut recording, and pianist Piotr Anderszewski will present Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which he tackled to great acclaim early in his career. Violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Jeremy Denk, and cellist Steven Isserlis will combine their prodigious talents to form a trio for an evening of late-Romantic masterworks.


The esteemed Takács Quartet focus on Schubert’s chamber music in a pair of concerts at Alice Tully Hall. Additional highlights include Great Pianists on Film, pre-concert lectures, and a wide range of recitals and concerts from established luminaries to rising stars presented in David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Walter Reade Theater, and David Rubenstein Atrium.


“From established virtuosos and ensembles to the newest voices of the next generation, Great Performers annually brings together a wealth of performance artistry from around the world,” said Lincoln Center’s Ehrenkranz Artistic Director Jane Moss. “Their unmatched artistic achievements and inspiration provide us with a transcendent humanism, enabling us to move forward in these challenging times.”


Lincoln Center’s Great Performers 2018/19

Series at-a-glance


Symphonic Masters

A cornerstone of the Great Performers season, the Symphonic Masters series annually brings top orchestras, conductors, and soloists from across the globe to perform at David Geffen Hall. Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra anchor this year’s series with a pair of riveting performances. On March 10, Salonen will lead the ensemble in Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony. The following day, March 11, he will conduct his Cello Concerto, which premiered in 2016, for the first time in New York alongside the complete ballet score of Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Sibelius’s The Oceanides.


Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra make their first appearance in New York since 2014 with a program featuring Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with pianist Till Fellner on May 19. Marking the centennial of Rachmaninoff’s immigration to the U.S., the Russian National Orchestra, a highly regarded and privately funded ensemble, performs a concert devoted to the composer on February 20 conducted by Ukrainian maestro Kirill Karabits in his New York debut with RNO founder Mikhail Pletnev as soloist in the towering Piano Concerto No. 2.


Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, both frequent guests to Lincoln Center, return for a pair of performances: Noted pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major as the centerpiece of an all-French program (April 14), followed by the Sibelius Violin Concerto with soloist James Ehnes, Mahler’s First Symphony, and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture (April 15).


Chamber Orchestras

Merging past and present, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo unite with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for a concert featuring two Caroline Shaw premieres, works by Arvo Pärt, and arias and duets by Handel and Purcell (March 12). The beloved French Baroque ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, conducted by founder William Christie, ventures into the early Classical era with a special performance of Haydn’s monumental oratorio, The Creation (November 15). Italy’s Accademia Bizantina, led by conductor and violinist Giuliano Carmignola, also brings Haydn to Alice Tully Hall with the composer’s Symphony No. 80, along with Mozart’s Symphony No. 10 and Violin Concerto No. 4. Known for their electrically charged performances, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and artistic director Richard Tognetti are joined by pianist Inon Barnatan in a program exploring the art of the fugue, tracing its legacy through works by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven.


Virtuoso Recitals

Held at Alice Tully Hall, this year’s slate of virtuoso recitals begins with the incomparable Hilary Hahn in a solo Bach program, featuring the First Violin Sonata and First Partita (October 23). Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst performs his own arrangements of Vivaldi and Telmann with pianist Henrik Måwe on December 12. Piotr Anderszewski brings his acclaimed take on Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations to Lincoln Center on April 2. Closing out the Alice Tully Hall season is the trio of Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, and Jeremy Denk, longtime collaborators and each a renowned soloist, who will perform trios by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel.


Takács Quartet Plays Schubert

Opening the 2018/19 Great Performers season and returning in March, the Takács Quartet presents a pair of concerts that each contain a Schubert quintet. On October 18, the ensemble performs the String Quintet in C major with David Requiro (cello), paired with Webern’s Langsamer Satz. The ensemble’s March 14 performance includes the beloved Trout Quintet with David Korevaar (piano) and Paul Erhard (bass), along with Brahms’s String Quartet No. 2.


Schubert’s chamber music appears in additional concerts by the Van Kuijk Quartet, which presents the String Quartet in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”) on February 3 at the Walter Reade Theater, and the British Castalian String Quartet, which plays a free concert at the David Rubenstein Atrium on April 18, featuring Schubert’s Rosamunde String Quartet and Britten’s String Quartet No. 2.


Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts are intimate one-hour programs at the Walter Reade Theater accompanied by Nespresso coffee, light refreshments, and conversations with the artists. This season features the New York debut of Italian pianist Federico Colli (December 2); the Van Kuijk Quartet (February 3); the Verona Quartet (February 24); Benjamin Beilman (violin) with Orion Weiss (piano) (April 14); rising guitar player Jiji (April 28); and Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi (May 19).


Great Pianists on Film

Continuing the tradition of showcasing rare footage of great musicians captured on film, this April Great Performers will present three programs, each focusing on the piano literature of a single composer and each introduced by New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman, a pianist himself. The series leads off with filmed performances by celebrated Beethoven interpreters Rudolf Serkin, Claudio Arrau, and Wilhelm Backhaus (April 13). Later that day, a second program presents Chopin works played by Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, and Martha Argerich. The third and final program in the series focuses on Glenn Gould’s storied performances of Bach, including director Bruno Monsaingeon’s studio capture of the pianist recording the Goldberg Variations (1981) for the second time in his legendary career.


Complimentary Classical

Great Performers’ popular Complimentary Classical series returns for a sixth year of free, one-hour-long performances in the David Rubenstein Atrium. This season, the Navarra String Quartet performs works by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks and Ravel (February 7); the Tesla Quartet tackles Beethoven’s final string quartet, Op. 135 (March 7); the Castalian String Quartet plays Schubert and Britten (April 18); and the Minguet Quartet takes on Beethoven and Mahler (May 2). Admission is first come, first served.


Lincoln Center’s Great Performers 2018/19

Chronological Season Listing


Takács Quartet

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Webern: Langsamer Satz

Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956

David Requiro, cello

Performed without intermission

Pre-concert lecture by Andrew Shenton at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

Schubert: Trout Quintet

David Korevaar, piano

Paul Erhard, bass


Widely considered one of the world’s finest string quartets, the Takács Quartet celebrates Schubert in a two-concert residency at Lincoln Center during the 2018/19 season. On October 18, the quartet is joined by  cellist David Requiro in an exploration of the symphonic textures, timbres, and colors of the composer’s revelatory String Quintet in C major, paired with Webern’s late-Romantic Langsamer Satz, one of the composer’s earliest works. For the second of the two concerts, the Quartet turns to Schubert’s beloved “Trout” quintet, with special guests David Korevaar on piano and Paul Erhard on double bass, paired with Brahms’s lyrical, intricate A-minor quartet.


Now in its 43rd season, the Takács Quartet is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the ensemble performs 80 concerts per year, and in 2017/18, it returns to Carnegie Hall, Copenhagen, Vienna, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, the Rheingau Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival, in addition to its four annual appearances as Associate Artists at London's Wigmore Hall. The Takács Quartet joined the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara in 2017. In 2014 it became the first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal, recognizing major international artists who have a strong association with the venue. In 2012 Gramophone inducted the Takács into its hall of fame. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. The latest Takács recording, released by Hyperion in September 2017, features Dvorák's Viola Quintet, Op. 97 (with Lawrence Power) and String Quartet, Opus 105. Its last appearance at Lincoln Center was during the 2016/17 season of Great Performers.


First-prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, David Requiro has emerged as one of today’s finest American cellists. After winning first prize in the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, he also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, as well as the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó. Requiro has appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and numerous orchestras across North America. Requiro has performed with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and is a founding member of the Baumer String Quartet. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recently appointed Requiro to its prestigious CMS Two residency beginning in 2018. In 2015 Requiro was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and has previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound as well as Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan.


Since his New York debut at Town Hall in 1985, David Korevaar has performed in many roles, as solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, chamber musician, and collaborator, as well as expanding into the world of theater and dance. Internationally, he has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall and around Europe from Riga, Latvia, to Heidelberg, Germany. The Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado (Boulder), Korevaar frequently performs and teaches in Japan. He has also performed and taught in Central Asia under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Envoy program. In May 2016, Korevaar spent two weeks teaching at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. A passionate and committed collaborator, Korevaar is a founding member of the Boulder Piano Quartet, currently in residence at The Academy in Boulder, and performed for many years as a member of the Clavier Trio. He is a regular guest with the Takács Quartet and has collaborated with other ensembles including the Manhattan, Colorado, Shanghai, and Chester Quartets. He continues to perform and record with distinguished colleagues including violinists Charles Wetherbee, Harumi Rhodes, and Edward Dusinberre, violists Geraldine Walther and Matthew Dane, and flutist Christina Jennings, among others.


Paul Erhard, double bass, is professor at the College of Music, University of Colorado (Boulder), where he has taught since 1986. As a soloist, Erhard performs throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. He performed Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante double bass concerto with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham, Washington, as well as with the Longmont Symphony and Grand Junction Symphony in Colorado. Since 1999 Erhard has pioneered musical and expressive dimensions of playing the double bass in Indian classical music and has studied both North and South Indian classical music with master Indian musicians in India and the U.S. Erhard received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of James VanDemark, and masters and doctoral degrees from Juilliard as a student of Homer Mensch.


Hilary Hahn, solo violin

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002


Two decades after the release of her acclaimed debut recording, Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, the violin luminary revisits the composer’s solo sonatas and partitas, transforming their interlacing lines with her exquisite musicality and infectious energy.


Three-time Grammy Award–winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative programming. Her dynamic approach to music-making and her commitment to sharing her musical experiences with a broad global community have made her a fan favorite. Hahn’s distinct stylistic choices honor the traditional violin literature while delving into the unexpected. In 2017/18 Hahn returns to repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries, performing the Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and first Prokofiev violin concertos across the United States and Europe. She performs Bernstein's Serenade with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra at home and at Carnegie Hall, and Houston Symphony at home and on tour in Europe as part of the celebrations of Bernstein's centennial. As the 2017/18 Artist-in-Residence at the Philadelphia Orchestra, she helps create concerts that encourage music lovers to combine live performance with their interests outside the concert hall and provides opportunities for parents to enjoy live music with their infants. She also plays a free concert to promote a college membership program and participates in the Philadelphia Orchestra's ongoing educational activities. Hahn took her first violin lessons in the Suzuki program of the Peabody Institute in her hometown of Baltimore at the age of three, and at five she began lessons with Klara Berkovich, who had just emigrated from St. Petersburg. At ten, Hahn was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study with Jascha Brodsky, a former pupil of Eugène Ysaÿe and Efrem Zimbalist. She holds honorary doctorates from Middlebury College and Ball State University, where there are also three scholarships in her name. Hahn has released 16 albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. Hahn last appeared in Great Performers in 2012, playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and conductor Manfred Honeck.


Les Arts Florissants

William Christie, conductor

Sandrine Piau, soprano; Hugo Hymas, tenor; Alex Rosen, bass

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Haydn: Die Schopfung (“The Creation”)

Pre-concert lecture by Benjamin D. Sosland at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


One of the world’s most acclaimed early music ensembles, Les Arts Florissants, performs Haydn’s triumphant oratorio, in which the composer builds the universe out of darkness and chaos. Bolstered by a trio of soloists, chorus, and period-instrument orchestra drawn from the ensemble’s superlative musicians, conductor and founder William Christie summons seas, fauna, storms, and beams of sunlight connecting the heavens and humanity.


Founded in 1979 by William Christie, Les Arts Florissants has become one of the most internationally acclaimed Baroque vocal and instrumental ensembles. Specializing in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments, Les Arts Florissants pioneered the revival of 17th- and 18th-century Baroque repertoire. Under the baton of William Christie and Paul Agnew, the ensemble gives around 100 performances each year in France and all over the world, with many acclaimed concert or semi-staged performances of operas and oratorios, secular and sacred chamber-music programs as well as large-scale works. Les Arts Florissants has launched several education programs for young musicians: Le Jardin des Voix, its academy for young singers created in 2002, and, since 2007, the Arts Flo Juniors program for conservatory instrumentalist students, and a partnership with The Juilliard School. It has produced an impressive discography of nearly 100 recordings (CD and DVD), especially with the Les Arts Florissants collection in collaboration with Harmonia Mundi. In residence at the Philharmonie de Paris since 2015, Les Arts Florissants has developed a strong attachment to the Vendée, a region of France where William Christie lives. The festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie was launched in 2012 in partnership with the Conseil départemental de la Vendée. This place is now set to become the beating heart of Les Arts Florissants’ activities with several key projects underway, including a spring festival directed by Paul Agnew.


Harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, and teacher, William Christie has spearheaded the reintroduction of French Baroque music to a wide audience. Born in Buffalo and educated at Harvard and Yale, Mr. Christie has lived in France since 1971. The turning point in his career came in 1979 when he founded Les Arts Florissants. As director of this vocal and instrumental ensemble, he made his mark in both the concert hall and the opera house. Major public recognition came in 1987 with the production of Lully’s Atys at the Opéra Comique in Paris, which went on to tour internationally. Mr. Christie has also led many acclaimed performances of works by such Baroque masters as Monteverdi, Rossi, Scarlatti, Purcell, Handel, Mozart, and Haydn. Notable among his recent operatic work are: Atys at the Opéra Comique and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2010, Charpentier’s David et Jonathas at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2012, Rameau, maître à danser, which premièred in Caen in 2014 before touring internationally, and Campra’s Les Fêtes vénitiennes in 2015. As a guest conductor Mr. Christie has appeared at Glyndebourne, the Metropolitan Opera, Zurich Opera, and Opéra de Lyon. Christie has been Artist-in-Residence at The Juilliard School since 2007, where he gives master classes twice a year. He also created in 2002 an academy for young singers, le Jardin des Voix. In 2012, he launched the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie in his own gardens, located in the French village of Thiré in the Vendée, where he welcomes young musicians from The Juilliard School along with the musicians and singers of Les Arts Florissants every summer.


Martin Fröst, clarinet; Henrik Måwe, piano 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Brahms: Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2

Plus works by Telemann and Vivaldi


Renowned clarinetist Martin Fröst, whose performances achieve a rare blend of lyrical depth, technical brilliance, and adventurous spirit, explores the output of two Baroque masters, Vivaldi and Telemann through his own arrangements. He ends the program with one of the great masterpieces of the clarinet repertoire in Brahms’s final chamber work: the Sonata in E-flat major. He will be joined by fellow Swede, Henrik Måwe, one of the country’s foremost pianists.


Clarinetist, conductor, and Sony Classical recording artist, Martin Fröst is known for pushing musical boundaries. During the 2017/18 season he continues his tenure as Artistic Partner with both The Saint Paul Chamber and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras. With the latter he launches a new project, Retrotopia that envisions new ways of presenting music and presents a new commission by Jesper Nordin. This project follows in the footsteps of his critically acclaimed project Genesis, which he performs this season with the Gothenburg Symphony. In 2017/18 Fröst is also Artist-in-Residence at L’Auditori, Barcelona, appearing with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona/Nacional de Catalunya and several chamber concerts. These positions follow his success in recent seasons as Artist-in-Residence at the Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Gothenburg Symphony, and London’s Wigmore Hall. In addition, Fröst regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras, and in 2017/18 he notably returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and makes his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. In May 2017 Fröst was announced as Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra beginning in the 2019/20 season. Winner of the prestigious 2014 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Fröst was the first clarinetist to be given the award and joined an esteemed list of previous recipients including Igor Stravinsky, Daniel Barenboim, and Sir Simon Rattle.


Henrik Måwe is a shining star on the Scandinavian piano scene, performing regularly as a soloist and recording artist. He is recognized for his virtuosity, sensitivity, and warm sound. Following his debut with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, he has performed extensively worldwide and is a frequent guest at European concert halls and festivals. In 2017, Måwe was in the premier performance of Chopin—a Play, a touring chamber play based on the final year of Chopin's life, with Måwe performing as an actor as well as a pianist. He collaborates with an elite roster of international singers and instrumentalists, including Martin Fröst, Anna Larsson, and Torleif Thedéen. Måwe has recorded for the BIS, Orchid and X5 labels.


Accademia Bizantina

Giuliano Carmignola, conductor and violin

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Mozart: Symphony No. 10 in G major, K.74

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K.218

Haydn: Symphony No. 80 in D minor


The formidable Italian period-instrument ensemble, Accademia Bizantina, presents Mozart and Haydn with its signature blend of intelligence and flair. The accomplished violinist Giuliano Carmignola buoys historical performance precision with exuberant Italian expressivity and remarkable chemistry to make these works shine anew.


Accademia Bizantina was founded in Ravenna in 1983 with the intention of “making music like a large quartet.” Then as now, the group is managed autonomously by its guardian members, guaranteeing the chamber music approach to its performances, a distinguishing feature. Among its prominent supporters from musical world are Jörg Demus, Carlo Chiarappa, Riccardo Muti, and Luciano Berio. Over the years it has also enjoyed collaborating with many fine musicians, among them Stefano Montanari, who was an integral part of the orchestra for over 20 years. This has allowed the ensemble, which plays on period instruments, to specialize in 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century repertoire. The orchestra developed its voice through adopting a unique interpretative style based on a common language and shared performance practice, reflecting the noble tradition of Italian chamber music. In 1989 Ottavio Dantone joined the group as harpsichordist, and in 1996 he was appointed musical and artistic director. Under Dantone’s guidance, Accademia Bizantina has merged philological research and an aesthetic approach to the interpretation of music from the Baroque period. In 1999 Accademia Bizantina performed its first staged opera, Giuseppe Sarti’s Giulio Sabino, and has since carved out a specialization in Baroque opera, ranging from well-known works to operas that had not been performed in modern times. The ensemble’s many recordings, most notably for Decca, Harmonia Mundi, and Naïve, have won numerous awards including the Diapason d’Or, Midem, and a Grammy Award nomination for Purcell’s “O Solitude” with countertenor Andreas Scholl.


Giuliano Carmignola’s career was launched in 1973 when he was a prizewinner at the International Paganini Competition in Genoa. Having attended master classes with Nathan Milstein, Franco Gulli, and Henryk Szeryng, he went on to perform major violin works of the 19th and 20th centuries under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Eliahu Inbal, Peter Maag, and Giuseppe Sinopoli, including giving the Italian premiere of Henri Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto. He made his U.S. debut in 2001 at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. As a teacher, he has been on the staff of the Musikhochschule in Lucerne and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.


Russian National Orchestra

Kirill Karabits, conductor (N.Y. debut)

Mikhail Pletnev, piano 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 8:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

All-Rachmaninoff program

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Marking the centennial of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s immigration to the United States, the Russian National Orchestra, a longtime champion of the classic Russian repertoire, spotlights works by the composer and former denizen of the Upper West Side in its first return to Lincoln Center in a decade. Kirill Karabits, who began his conducting career with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the tutelage of Iván Fischer, makes his New York debut with masterful pianist and RNO founder Mikhail Pletnev as soloist for the virtuosic Second Piano Concerto.


Unique among principal Russian symphonies as a private institution funded with the support of individuals, corporations, and foundations, the Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is widely recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras today. Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and frequently visits major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai, and the BBC Proms. The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season and is the founding orchestra of Festival Napa Valley, held every July in California’s eponymous region. RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the U.S., the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia’s Kultura channel. The orchestra launched its acclaimed discography with a 1991 CD of Tchaikovsky's Pathétique and has produced more than 80 recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Pentatone, and other prestigious labels. In 2004 the RNO became the first orchestra in Russian history to win a Grammy Award, and in 2008, Gramophone magazine included the RNO in its list of the world’s 20 best orchestras.


Since 2008 Kirill Karabits has been Chief Conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In September 2016 Karabits assumed the position of General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Deutsches National Theater and Staatskapelle Weimar. Karabits has worked with many of the leading ensembles of Europe, Asia, and North America, including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice, and the BBC Symphony. In spring 2016 he conducted the Russian National Orchestra on its tour of the U.S. and returned to the RNO the following August to conduct two concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival. Summer 2016 also saw his debut with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. A prolific opera conductor, the 2016/17 season saw his debuts at the Deutsche Oper and Oper Stuttgart. He has also conducted at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Staatsoper Hamburg, English National Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, and he conducted a performance of Der fliegende Holländer at the Wagner Geneva Festival in celebration of the composer’s 200th anniversary. He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.


Mikhail Pletnev is a pianist, conductor, and composer whose musicianship, dazzling technical prowess, and provocative emotional range enchants and amazes audiences around the globe. At 21, Pletnev won the Gold Medal and First Prize at the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, which earned him recognition worldwide. An invitation to perform at the 1988 superpower summit in Washington led to a friendship with Mikhail Gorbachev, and in 1990 Pletnev formed the first independent orchestra in Russia's history. Even with Gorbachev's endorsement, the risks were enormous, but Pletnev's reputation and commitment made his long-held dream a reality. Under his leadership, the RNO achieved a towering stature among the world's orchestras, and Pletnev today serves as its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. As a guest conductor, Pletnev appears regularly with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he was named first guest conductor of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. As a solo pianist and recitalist, Pletnev appears regularly in the world's music capitals. His recordings have earned multiple awards, including a 2005 Grammy Award for his own arrangement of Prokofiev’s Cinderella for two pianos, which he recorded with Martha Argerich. As a composer, Pletnev's works include Classical Symphony, Triptych for Symphony Orchestra, Fantasy on Kazakh Themes, and Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra.


Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor


Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major

Pre-concert lecture at 1:45 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


Monday, March 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

Truls Mørk, cellist

Sibelius: The Oceanides

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Cello Concerto

Stravinsky: The Firebird (complete)


Esa-Pekka Salonen’s talents as both a composer and conductor are on display in a pair of explosive programs that launch with Bruckner’s towering Symphony No. 7. The second program features the first performance of Salonen conducting his Cello Concerto (2016) in New York, with acclaimed cellist Truls Mørk. It is bookended by works from composers for whom Salonen has a great affinity: Sibelius’s The Oceanides and the complete ballet score of Stravinsky’s haunting musical fairy tale, The Firebird, from 1910.


The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century. Led by its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day symphony orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through audience development, digital technology, and learning and participation programs. Based at London’s Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, it also has residencies in cities throughout England, a thriving international touring program, and global digital reach. Under Salonen and other key conductors, the Philharmonia has created a series of critically acclaimed, visionary projects at the Royal Festival Hall: Bill Viola’s Tristan und Isolde (2010); Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók (2011); and City of Light: Paris 1900–1950 (2015), and the major, five-concert series Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals (2016), which won a South Bank Sky Arts Award. In 2017/18, Vladimir Ashkenazy leads a focus on the 100th anniversary of the Soviet Revolution in Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917. As one of the world’s most recorded orchestras, the Orchestra now releases music across multiple channels and media. An app for iPad, The Orchestra, has sold tens of thousands of copies. The Philharmonia’s investment in technological innovation has been a catalyst for its award-winning audience development projects, which are united behind the concept of taking symphonic music out of the concert hall and presenting it in new contexts. Two giant audio-visual walk-through installations, RE-RITE (2010, based on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring) and Universe of Sound: The Planets (2012), have toured nationally and internationally following London premieres. The Philharmonia was founded in 1945 by EMI producer Walter Legge. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. During its first seven decades, the Orchestra collaborated with many of the great classical artists of the 20th century, including Wilhelm Furtwängler, Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, Guido Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini, and others.


Esa-Pekka Salonen’s restless innovation drives him constantly to reposition classical music in the 21st century. He is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, where the award-winning RE-RITE and Universe of Sound installations have allowed people all over the world to step inside the orchestra through audio and video projections. Salonen also drove the development of a much-hailed app for iPad, The Orchestra, which gives the user unprecedented access to the internal workings of eight symphonic works. As former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he is now Conductor Laureate, Salonen was instrumental in opening the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall and made the orchestra one of the best attended and funded in the country. He is the Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic and Artist-in-Association at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Additionally, Salonen is Artistic Director and cofounder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, now in its 15th year. He recently became an advisor to the Sync Project in its work to develop music as precision medicine. In 2015 he addressed the Apple Distinguished Educator conference on the uses of technology in music education, and his Violin Concerto was featured in an international campaign for iPad.


Truls Mørk's performances, combining fierce intensity, integrity, and grace, have established him as one of the preeminent cellists of our time. He is a celebrated artist who performs with the most distinguished orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In North America he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor collaborations include Mariss Jansons, David Zinman, Manfred Honeck, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Christoph Eschenbach, among others. A great champion of contemporary music, Truls Mørk has given over 30 premieres, including Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon, Pavel Haas’s Cello Concerto, Krzysztof Penderecki's Concerto for Three Cellos, and Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Cello Concerto, co-commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. Initially taught by his father, Truls Mørk continued his studies with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff, and Natalia Schakowskaya. He won a number of competitions such as the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition (1982), Cassado Cello Competition in Florence (1983), the Unesco Prize at the European Radio-Union Competition in Bratislava (1983), and the Naumburg Competition in New York (1986).



Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Handel: Overture to Partenope, HWV 27

Handel: Inumano fratel...Stille amare, from Tolomeo, HWV 25

Handel:  Hence, Iris, hence away, from Semele, HWV 58

Handel:  Vivi, tiranno!, from Rodelinda, HWV 19

Handel: Will the sun forget to streak, from Solomon, HWV 67

Handel: Welcome as the dawn of day, from Solomon, HWV 67

Handel: Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4, HWV 322

Arvo Pärt: Summa

Arvo Pärt: Vater Unser

Arvo Pärt: Es sang vor langen Jahren

Caroline Shaw: New work (World premiere)

Caroline Shaw: Red, Red Rose (N.Y. premiere)

Purcell: Suite from The Fairy Queen

Pre-concert lecture by Andrew Shenton at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


Lauded for sensuous, sprightly performances and visionary programming, San Francisco–based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and its venerated leader Nicholas McGegan are joined by vocal stars Anne Sofie von Otter and Anthony Roth Costanzo for an evening spanning the Baroque to a world premiere. Opening with a collection of Handel arias and culminating in Purcell’s regal Suite from The Fairy Queen, the program’s early-musical masters are connected—and illuminated—by ethereal works by Arvo Pärt and two premieres by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw.


Under the musical direction of Nicholas McGegan for over 32 years, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO) is recognized as “America’s leading historically-informed ensemble” (The New York Times). Using authentic instruments and stylistic conventions of the Baroque to early-Romantic periods, the Orchestra engages audiences through performance, tours, recordings, commissions, and education of the highest standard. Founded in the Bay Area 37 years ago, the ensemble is the largest of its kind in the United States. The Orchestra enjoys numerous collaborations, including a partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Group and appears regularly at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tanglewood, Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, and Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University. It welcomes eminent guest artists such as mezzo-sopranos Susan Graham and Anne Sofie von Otter, countertenor David Daniels, fortepianist Emanuel Ax, and maestro Richard Egarr. PBO boasts a discography of more than 40 recordings and launched its own label on which it has released ten recordings, including a coveted archival performance of mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson singing Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été. It received a Grammy nomination for a recording of Haydn symphonies. The Orchestra has also commissioned new works by acclaimed composers Jake Heggie and Caroline Shaw.


As he embarks on his fifth decade on the podium, Nicholas McGegan—long hailed as “one of the finest Baroque conductors of his generation” (The Independent) and “an expert in 18th-century style” (The New Yorker)—is recognized for his probing and revelatory explorations of music of all periods. The 2017/18 season marks his 32nd year as music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and he is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony. Best known as a Baroque and Classical specialist, McGegan’s approach—intelligent, infused with joy, and never dogmatic—has led to appearances with many of the world’s major orchestras. At home in opera houses, McGegan shone new light on close to 20 Handel operas as the artistic director and conductor at the Göttingen International Handel Festival for 20 years (1991–2011) and the Mozart canon as Principal Guest Conductor at the Scottish Opera in the 1990s. At the same time, he was principal conductor of the Drottningholm Opera in Sweden.


Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is one of today's most respected artists with an unrivalled discography built across a career spanning more than three decades. Von Otter was considered the superlative Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) of her generation, appearing in the role at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, and at the Metropolitan Opera. Other recorded highlights from her earlier operatic repertoire include Le nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, Alceste, Orfeo ed Euridice, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Handel’s Ariodante, Hercules, and Giulio Cesare. Recent roles have included Leocadia Begbick (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at the Salzburger Festspiele, Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) at the Opéra National de Paris, and Countess Geschwitz in Christoph Marthaler’s production of Lulu at Staatsoper Hamburg. She appeared as Jenny (Die Dreigroschenoper) at Theater an der Wien and as Waltraute (Die Götterdämmerung) at both Deutsche Oper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper. She created the role of Leonora in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburger Festspiele and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Recent concert appearances have included the Boston, Washington’s National, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.


Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. During the 2017/18 season, Mr. Costanzo makes his company and role debut as Giulio Cesare at the Houston Grand Opera, his debut at the Florida Grand Opera as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice, and returns to Opera Philadelphia as The Boy in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin. He also appeared in Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in staged performances of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. In the summer of 2017, Mr. Costanzo became an exclusive recording artist for Decca Gold, and his first album, a collection of arias by Handel and Philip Glass with Les Violons du Roy, will be released in fall 2018. Mr. Costanzo has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, the English National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Real Madrid, and the Finnish National Opera. Other recent opera engagements have included appearances with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Palm Beach Opera, the North Carolina Opera, and as a guest with Juilliard Opera. He also produced and starred in two critically acclaimed shows at National Sawdust in Brooklyn: AciGalatea e Polifemo and Orphic Moments, which was also staged at the Landestheater in Salzburg.


Piotr Anderszewski, piano

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Beethoven: Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Pre-concert lecture by Scott Burnham at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


Pianist Piotr Anderszewski returns to one of Beethoven’s most revered and challenging opuses, the Diabelli Variations. Anderszewski has long been associated with the work, having recorded it for his debut album, which Gramophone called “the most intelligent, searching and delightful account of the Diabelli Variations to have reached us since Brendel’s.” He brings his probing intellect to this work anew.


Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. He has recently given recitals at London's Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg. His collaborations with orchestras have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw. He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. An exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato since 2000, Anderszewski’s first recording for the label was Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive several prizes including a Choc du Monde de la Musique and an ECHO Klassik Award. Recognized for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Anderszewski has been singled out for several high-profile awards, including the prestigious Gilmore Award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent. He has also been the subject of two award-winning documentaries by the film maker Bruno Monsaingeon for ARTE. The first of these, Piotr Anderszewski Plays the Diabelli Variations (2001) explores Anderszewski's relationship with Beethoven's opus 120, and the second, Piotr Anderszewski, Unquiet Traveller (2008) is an unusual artist portrait, capturing Anderszewski's reflections on music, performance, and his Polish-Hungarian roots.



Australian Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti, director and violin; Inon Barnatan, piano 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Bach: Contrapunctus I–IV, from Art of Fugue

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K.414

Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130 (arranged for string ensemble)

Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B-flat major for string orchestra, Op. 133


An anticipated stateside visit from the high-spirited Australian Chamber Orchestra and its invigorating lead violinist Richard Tognetti presents a thoughtful program tracing the art of the fugue—evolving from Bach to Beethoven. Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, former Artist-in-Association at the New York Philharmonic, joins as soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in this absorbing program.


Founded by cellist John Painter in November 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, a 17-piece string orchestra, lives and breathes music, making waves around the world for its explosive performances and brave interpretations. Led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti since 1990, the ACO performs more than 100 concerts across Australia each year and maintains an international touring schedule that finds the ensemble in many of the world’s greatest concert halls, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and Frankfurt’s Alte Oper. The Orchestra regularly collaborates with artists and musicians, from Emmanuel Pahud, Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Olli Mustonen, Brett Dean, and Ivry Gitlis to Neil Finn, Jonny Greenwood, Katie Noonan, Danny Spooner, Barry Humphries, and Meow Meow to visual artists and film makers such as Michael Leunig, Bill Henson, Shaun Tan, Jon Frank, and Jennifer Peedom, who have co-created unique, hybrid productions for which the ACO has become renowned.


Australian violinist, conductor, and composer Richard Tognetti has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten, in his home town of Wollongong with William Primrose, and at the Berne Conservatory (Switzerland) with Igor Ozim, where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the top graduate soloist in 1989. Later that year he was appointed Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and subsequently became Artistic Director. Tognetti performs on period, modern, and electric instruments. His numerous arrangements, compositions, and transcriptions have expanded the chamber orchestra repertoire and have been performed throughout the world. As director or soloist, Tognetti has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, and all of the Australian symphony orchestras, most recently as soloist and director with both the Melbourne Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.


“One of the most admired pianists of his generation" (The New York Times), Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry. He was a recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award in 2015, recognizing "young artists of exceptional accomplishment," as well as the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009. He recently completed his third and final season as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic, a position created by former Music Director Alan Gilbert, who is in the process of recording the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos with Barnatan and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The summer of 2017 saw Barnatan make his BBC Proms debut. He also played the world premiere of a new concerto by Alan Fletcher in Aspen, Colorado, and later performed it at the Hollywood Bowl to open the 2017/18 season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which had commissioned it. He also debuts with the London and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras; returns to the Cincinnati Orchestra to play the notoriously difficult Barber Piano Concerto; and plays solo recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre, New York's 92nd Street Y, and the Vancouver Recital Society, among others. Highlights of recent seasons include his Walt Disney Hall debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel; performances of Copland's Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas; a debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic; performances with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon; and solo recital debuts at the Celebrity Series of Boston and the Harris Theater in Chicago. He collaborated with choreographer Mark Morris and pianist Garrick Ohlsson in a string of performances by the Mark Morris Dance company at the 2016 Mostly Mozart Festival. A sought-after chamber musician, Barnatan was a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two program from 2006 to 2009 and continues to perform on CMS programs in New York and on tour. His passion for contemporary music has led him to commission and perform many works by living composers, including premieres by Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Avner Dorman, Matthias Pintscher, Alasdair Nicolson, Andrew Norman, and others. 


London Philharmonic Orchestra

Edward Gardner, conductor

Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Debussy: La mer

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Ravel: Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose Suite”)

Debussy: Ibéria, from Images


Monday, April 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

James Ehnes, violin

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, Op. 84

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major


A pair of acclaimed soloists, pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and violinist James Ehnes, join the celebrated London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner for two gripping performances. On April 14 Bavouzet, a noted Ravel interpreter, performs the composer’s jazz-inflected Piano Concerto in G, one of the most beloved pieces in the repertoire and the heart of this all-French program, rounded out by the equally cherished Mother Goose Suite and Debussy’s La mer. On April 15, Gardner unleashes the full power of the LPO in a dramatic program opening with Beethoven’s galvanizing Egmont Overture, followed by Ehnes presenting Sibelius’s lush Violin Concerto. Mahler’s towering First Symphony, aptly subtitled “Titan,” provides a fitting capstone to the evening.


One of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Since then, its principal conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt, and Kurt Masur. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski became the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, a position he continues to hold. The LPO has been performing at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming Resident Orchestra in 1992. It also has residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne and performs regularly around the U.K. The Orchestra frequently tours abroad—highlights of the 2017/18 season include visits to Japan, China, Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and France. The Orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio and has recorded soundtracks for numerous films, including The Lord of the Rings. In 2005, it began releasing live, studio, and archive recordings on its own CD label.


Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic since October 2015, Edward Gardner has already led the LPO on multiple international tours, including acclaimed performances in London, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam. In demand as a guest conductor, Gardner debuts with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, LPO, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin during the 2017/18 season. He also continues his longstanding collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (where he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2010 to 16), and BBC Symphony Orchestra (which he has conducted at both the First and Last Night of the BBC Proms). Music Director of English National Opera for ten years (2006–15), Gardner continues to work with the world’s major opera companies, including La Scala, Opéra National de Paris, and the Metropolitan Opera, where he has conducted productions of Carmen, Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier, and Werther. He has a close relationship with The Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music, which appointed him its inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Chair in 2014 and is a frequent guest conductor at the Mostly Mozart Festival, where he appeared most recently in 2017.


Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet enjoys a prolific recording and international concert career and regularly works with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and NHK Symphony, and collaborates with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Charles Dutoit, Gábor Takács-Nagy, and Sir Andrew Davis among others. Highlights during the 2017/18 season include returns to the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, NHK Symphony, and BBC Symphony Orchestras. Bavouzet will appear at the Philharmonie de Paris with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and also performs with the Detroit and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Royal Scottish National, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. Recent performances include his appearance at the BBC Proms performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Carnegie Hall as part of a major North American tour together with the LPO under Vladimir Jurowski, as well as concerts with Opernhaus Zürich under Gianandrea Noseda, hr-Sinfonieorchester under Juraj Valcuha, and a tour with Les Siécles and François-Xavier Roth, which included a concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall.


James Ehnes has established himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism, and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favorite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marin Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Stéphane Denève, Charles Dutoit, Mark Elder, Iván Fischer, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, David Robertson, and Donald Runnicles. Ehnes’s long list of orchestras with which he has performed includes the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Philadelphia Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, and the NHK Symphony.


Joshua Bell, violin; Steven Isserlis, cello; Jeremy Denk, piano

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque

Ravel: Piano Trio


Close friends who happen to be virtuoso musicians—Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, and Steven Isserlis—form a chamber music supergroup for a special evening. On the heels of 2016’s critically acclaimed album For the Love of Brahms, the trio expands its repertoire beyond the heart of Romantic era with works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel.


With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik Awards, and is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Released May 19, 2018, is Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and G minor Concerto, recorded with the Academy. Previous recordings include Joshua Bell—The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that displays Bell’s unique breadth, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity, andIn September 2016, Sony Classical released Bell’s newest album, For the Love of Brahms, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist Jeremy Denk.  


Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists—an artist The New York Times hails as “someone you want to hear no matter what he performs.” Winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, Denk was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and has recently appeared at the BBC Proms with Michael Tilson Thomas and in the U.S. with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as on tour with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Following the release of his recording of the Goldberg Variations—which reached number one on Billboard’s Classical Chart—Denk performed the piece throughout Europe, including at Wigmore Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their Sony Classical album, French Impressions, won the 2012 Echo Klassik Award. He also collaborates regularly with cellist Steven Isserlis and has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Italian and American Spoleto Festivals and the Verbier, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen Music, and Mostly Mozart Festivals.


Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author, and broadcaster. As a concerto soloist, he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Recent engagements include performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, Philharmonia, Cleveland, Minnesota, Zurich Tonhalle, and NHK Symphony Orchestras. He gives recitals every season in major musical centers, working with pianists such as Jeremy Denk, Kirill Gerstein, Stephen Hough, Alexander Melnikov, Olli Mustonen, Mikhail Pletnev, Sir András Schiff, Connie Shih, Ferenc Rados, and Dénes Várjon, and plays with many of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, including period-instrument ensembles. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello, in classical programs.


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Manfred Honeck, conductor; Till Fellner, piano

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm

David Geffen Hall

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”)

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor


Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony in its return to Lincoln Center with a robust pairing of Beethoven and Mahler. Celebrated Austrian pianist Till Fellner, known for his “Apollonian grace” (Boston Globe), joins for Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. The orchestra—shining a spotlight on its mighty brass section—closes with Mahler’s exhilarating, luminous Fifth Symphony.


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, boasts a rich history of featuring the world’s finest conductors and musicians, as well as a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938–1948), William Steinberg (1952–1976), André Previn (1976–1984), Lorin Maazel (1984–1996), and Mariss Jansons (1995–2004). In fall 2008 Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works. It gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. Its Pittsburgh Live! series with Reference Recordings were honored with back-to-back Grammy Awards in 2015 and 2016. As early as 1936, the Orchestra broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast, and in the late 1970s, it was featured in the groundbreaking PBS series Previn and the Pittsburgh. The Orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900—including international tours to Europe, the Far East, and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.


Renowned for his distinctive interpretations, Manfred Honeck has served as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008/2009 season. Recognized for their performances, Honeck and the orchestra are celebrated both in Pittsburgh and abroad, regularly performing in major music festivals and venues, including the BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Grafenegg Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Born in Austria, Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. He began his career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado and as artistic leader of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award in 1993. He has been invited to conduct at opera houses including Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, and the Salzburg Festival. Moreover, he has been Artistic Director of the International Concerts Wolfegg in Germany for more than 20 years. As a guest conductor, Honeck has worked with the world’s leading orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony.


Austrian pianist Till Fellner’s international career was launched in 1993 when he won First Prize at the renowned Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. Over a period of more than two
decades, he has become a sought-after guest with many of the world’s most important orchestras and at the major music centers of Europe, the U.S., and Japan, as well as numerous festivals. During the 2017/18 season, Fellner debuts with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Other highlights include concerts with Le Concert Olympique, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Fellner has collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Kirill Petrenko, Claudius Traunfellner, and Hans Zender, among many others. Over the past few years he has dedicated himself to two milestones of the piano repertoire: The Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach and the 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. He performed the Beethoven cycle from 2008 to 2010 in New York, Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Vienna. Furthermore, contemporary music is of great importance to him; he has given the world premieres of works by Kit Armstrong, Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Larcher, Alexander Stankovski, and Hans Zender.




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Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Intimate one-hour concerts at the Walter Reade Theater accompanied by coffee and conversation with the artists—a Sunday tradition.


Federico Colli, piano (New York debut)
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

Scarlatti: Six Sonatas

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 5 in G major, K.283

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)


With a string of competition wins and major orchestra solo debuts across the world, the charismatic Italian pianist Federico Colli arrives in New York for his first performance in the city. For this sparkling recital, Colli brings his intelligent, imaginative interpretations and impeccable technique to a program that traverses Scarlatti and Mozart before arriving at Beethoven’s sublime “Appassionata” Sonata. Colli came to prominence after winning the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012. Since then, he has performed with orchestras including the Mariinsky Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI National Symphony, BBC Symphony, Royal Scottish National, RTE National Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Polish Radio National Symphony, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, Orchestra della Toscana, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira; at venues such as the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Beethovenhalle Bonn, NDR Landesfunkhaus (Hannover), Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Dublin National Concert Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan, Lingotto in Turin, Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw, Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Nikkei Hall, and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg.


Van Kuijk Quartet

Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 11:00 am

Walter Reade Theater

Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D.810 (“Death and the Maiden”)


Completing two seasons as BBC New Generation Artists this autumn, the France-based Van Kuijk Quartet brings style and energy to one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire: Schubert's darkly dramatic “Death and the Maiden” quartet. The ensemble won First, Best Beethoven, and Best Haydn Prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition; First Prize and an Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition; and is a laureate of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy. The quartet joined the ECHO Rising Stars roster for the 2017/2018 season. Since its formation in 2012, the ensemble has an established presence in major international venues, performing at the Wigmore Hall in London; Auditorium du Louvre, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, and Salle Gaveau in Paris; Tonhalle in Zurich; Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna; Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; Tivoli Concert Series in Denmark; Konserthuset Stockholm; and at festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Heidelberg, Lockenhaus, Davos, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier/Radio France, Evian, Auvers-sur-Oise, Stavanger (Norway), Concentus Moraviae (Czech Republic), Haydn/Esterházy in Fertod (Hungary), Eilat (Israel), and Canberra (Australia). Last season the Quartet made acclaimed debuts in Hong Kong, Australia, and Taiwan. It embarked on its first major tour to North America this autumn, performing at the Frick Collection in New York, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and Salle Bourgie in Montreal.



Verona Quartet

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 11:00 am

Walter Reade Theater

Mozart: String Quartet in F major, K.590 (“Prussian”)

Janácek: String Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”)


One of today’s most compelling young chamber groups, the Verona Quartet presents Mozart’s sunny String Quartet in F major before tackling Janácek’s lovelorn masterpiece, his Second String Quartet (“Intimate Letters”). A winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Verona presents its Kennedy Center debut this season, as well as concerts at the Museum of Modern Art, Merkin Concert Hall, and the 2018 Caramoor Summer Festival. Since fall 2017, the Quartet has been in residence at the New England Conservatory of Music for NEC’s Professional String Quartet Training program, under the mentorship of Paul Katz. The Verona Quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall (London), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi), Melbourne Recital Hall, and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Strongly committed to education, it has been on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy as Quartet-in-Residence since 2016, and recent international educational residencies include: the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn, Germany), Oberlin Conservatory of Music, New York University-Abu Dhabi, and Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (Nova Scotia).


Benjamin Beilman, violin; Orion Weiss, piano

Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 11:00 am

Walter Reade Theater

Schubert: Rondo for violin and piano in B minor, D.895 (“Rondo brillant”)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96


Two rising musicians, violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Orion Weiss, combine for a beautiful morning of chamber music featuring Beethoven’s pensive and poignant final violin sonata.


Benjamin Beilman is one of the fastest rising stars of his generation, winning praise for his passionate performances and deep rich tone. Highlights of Mr. Beilman's 2017/18 season include performances with the Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. In recital, he premieres a new work written for him by Frederic Rzewski and commissioned by Music Accord. Abroad, Mr. Beilman makes his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony and debuts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony. He performs the European premiere of a new Frederic Rzewski work at the Heidelberg Spring Festival and returns to the Wigmore Hall in recital. In recent seasons, Mr. Beilman has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra in subscription concerts as well as its performances at Bravo! Vail Valley Festival and Saratoga. He also made his recital debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall. Further recital appearances include performances at the Verbier Festival, Heidelberg Spring Festival, Louvre, Tonhalle Zürich, Wigmore Hall, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances have won him worldwide acclaim. During the 2017/18 season, he opened the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra season performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and ends it with the Colorado Symphony, presenting Mozart’s majestic Concerto in C major, K.467; in between Weiss plays with eleven orchestras, presents a concert tour with James Ehnes, and performs solo recitals around the country. In 2016/17 Weiss performed with the Knoxville, Wichita, and Santa Rosa Symphonies, the Symphony Silicon Valley, Alessio Bax, the Pacifica Quartet, and with Cho-Liang Lin and the New Orford String Quartet in a performance of the Chausson Concerto for piano, violin, and string quartet. Weiss received the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at The Juilliard School, and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, Ohio, Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in 1999 performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1.


Jiji, guitar

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 11:00 am

Walter Reade Theater

Albéniz: Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Albéniz: Asturias (Leyenda), from Suite Española

Scarlatti: Sonata D minor, K.10

Marais: Les Voix humaines

Bach: Allegro, from Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro in E-flat major, BWV 998

Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint

Ginastera: Sonata for Guitar, Op. 47


Applauded for her eclectic tastes and sensitive playing, Korean guitarist Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar. She has performed with the Kansas City Symphony and Tanglewood Chamber Orchestra and in recitals at Carnegie Hall, Mass MOCA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her performances have been featured on PBS, NPR’s From the Top, and Hong Kong’s RTHK. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Jiji was one of the first two guitarists admitted to the school in its distinguished history.


Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 11:00 am
Walter Reade Theater

Bach: Italian Concerto
Debussy: Images, Book II

Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36


Francesco Piemontesi has garnered a reputation across the world for his fleet-fingered technique and poetic expression. In this wide-ranging recital program, he winds through the refined vigor of Bach’s Italian Concerto to Debussy’s painterly tableaux, finally arriving at the immersive virtuosity of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata. A student of Alfred Brendel, Piemontesi appears with major ensembles worldwide, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, The Hallé, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Afkham, Nicholas Collon, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, and Robin Ticciati. In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Rotterdam’s De Doelen, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Zürich’s Tonhalle, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein. He made his Mostly Mozart Festival debut in 2013.


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Music on Film

Every season, Great Performers presents rare, behind-the-scenes film footage providing a backstage glimpse at master artists and musicians at work. This season brings together beautifully restored performance footage of master pianists, including Argerich, Arrau, Backhaus, Gould, Horowitz, Kempff, Richter, and Rubinstein. Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times will introduce all three screenings.

Presented in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center


Film Program 1: Great Pianists Play Beethoven

Introduced by Michael Kimmelman

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Walter Reade Theater

Rudolf Serkin—Sonata in E major, Op. 109 (1987)

Claudio Arrau—Sonata in C minor, Op. 111 (1970)

Wilhelm Backhaus—Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major (Vienna Symphony, cond. Karl Böhm)


Some of the greatest Beethoven interpreters of the last century—Wilhelm Backhaus, Claudio Arrau, and Rudolf Serkinring their singular gifts to the composer’s sonatas, while the legendary Wilhelm Backhaus performs the towering Fourth Piano Concerto with Karl Böhm and the Vienna Philharmonic.


Film Program 2: Great Pianists Play Chopin

Introduced by Michael Kimmelman

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Walter Reade Theater

Arthur Rubinstein in Recital (1953)

Polonnaise, Op. 40, No. 1

Valse, Op. 64, No. 2

Prélude, Op. 28, No. 8

Mazurka, Op. 30, No. 4

Scherzo No. 3

Nocturne, Op. 15, No. 2

Polonnaise, Op. 53 (“Héroïque”)

Vladimir Horowitz—Excerpt from The Last Romantic (dir. Albert and David Maysles, 1985)

Martha Argerich—Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor (Orchestre National de L’ORTF; Franco Mannino, Conductor; 1970)


Rare, historical film footage captures the great Arthur Rubinstein performing a private recital of Chopin favorites shot at his home. Additional highlights include a Sviatoslav Richter concert in the Soviet Union, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli captured in Turin, and Martha Argerich playing in Paris. An excerpt of The Last Romantic by the famed documentarians Albert and David Maysles featuring Vladimir Horowitz caps off this probing all-Chopin program.


Film Program 3: Gould Plays Bach

Introduced by Michael Kimmelman

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Walter Reade Theater

Glenn Gould, piano

Concerto BWV 1052 (first mvt), cond. Leonard Bernstein (1952)

Goldberg Variations (dir. Bruno Monsaingeon, 1981)


The iconoclastic Glenn Gould spent a lifetime grappling with Bach’s works for keyboard. Witness his radical interpretations of Concerto No. 1 at the age of 28, with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, as well as footage of his studio sessions for his second recording of the Goldberg Variations toward the end of his life, in a moving film by Bruno Monsaingeon.



Complimentary Classical

The 2018/19 Great Performers season marks the sixth year for Lincoln Center’s series of free recitals in the David Rubenstein Atrium. Concerts last one hour, and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Navarra String Quartet

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4

Ravel: String Quartet in F major


The U.K.-based Navarra Quartet plays Ravel’s rhapsodic String Quartet in F major and the ethereal music of Latvian composer Peteris Vasks at this free, hour-long concert. Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) from 2006 to 2010, it has been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour, and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne, and Florence International String Quartet Competitions. The Navarra Quartet has appeared at major venues throughout the world, including Wigmore Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Sage Gateshead, Kings Place, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Esterházy Palace, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, and international festivals such as Bath, Aldeburgh, Lammermuir, Presteigne, Bergen, Grachten, Sandviken, Schwetzinger, Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Aix-en-Provence, Bellerive, Harrogate Chamber Music, and the BBC Proms. Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music (U.K.), the quartet recently completed a three-year residency as the Associated Ensemble at the Birmingham Conservatoire.


Tesla Quartet

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Respighi: Quartet in D major

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135


Known for its technical mastery, the Tesla Quartet—Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello)—recently took Second Prize as well as the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet has also garnered top prizes at numerous other international competitions, including the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 6th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, and the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. Having recently completed its tenure as the Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, the Tesla Quartet performs and conducts workshops at local colleges, universities, and in the public-school system, in addition to presenting a dedicated chamber-music series as part of a community residence in Hickory, North Carolina. The quartet performs regularly across North America, with recent international appearances in London, Vienna, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul. The 2017/18 season includes debut performances in Germany and Hungary, concerts across America, and a residency with the Quad City Visiting Artist Series.


Castalian String Quartet

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36

Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, D. 804 (“Rosamunde”)


Third Prize-winner at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the German-trained, U.K.-based Castalian Quartet performs a free, hour-long concert featuring Britten’s intensive, inventive String Quartet No. 2 and Schubert’s wistful “Rosamunde” quartet. Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. The Quartet performs widely throughout Europe; engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung Mittagskonzerte in Hannover, Quartetaffairs in Frankfurt (broadcast by NDR), the Festival de Musique de Conques in France, Festival Autunno Musicale near Naples, and Turin Chamber Music Series. The Quartet returns to Aldeburgh and will be Artist-in-Residence at the Festival Musique d'Été à Suzette near Avignon. The Quartet continues to give recitals throughout the U.K. Highlights over the last two years have included recitals at the Heidelberger Frühling Quartet Festival, the Ceresio Estate Festival in Lugano, the Hamburg Chamber Music Series, International Musikfest Goslar, and NDR Concert Hall in Hannover.


Minguet Quartet

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

Mahler (arr. Reisinger): Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen


Founded in 1988, Germany-based Minguet Quartet is known “for the joy in sound and expression with which the ensemble makes the works speak” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). The namesake of the Quartet is Pablo Minguet, a Spanish philosopher from the 18th century who attempted in his writings to facilitate access to the fine arts for all sectors of society—this idea is a chief artistic concern of the Minguet Quartet, particularly as it presents concerts around the world. The 2017/18 season includes guest performances at well-known festivals such as Schwetzinger Festspiele, Europäische Wochen Passau, Musica Strasbourg, EuroArt Prague, Melos-Ethos Bratislava, and Mosel Musikfestival, and at renowned concert halls such as Library of Congress Washington, D.C., BOZAR MUSIC Brüssel, Brucknerhaus Linz, Beethovenhaus Bonn, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, followed by concerts in Austria, Great Britain, and the United States. Previous seasons took the Minguet Quartet to the newly opened Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, Staatsoper Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, the University of Hong Kong, Mozartfest Würzburg, Festival d'Automne Paris, Tongyeong International Music Festival Korea, and concert halls and festivals within Europe, Japan, and Central, North, and South America. The ensemble concentrates on Classical-Romantic literature and modern music in equal measure, and has proven its commitment to compositions of the 21st century through numerous premieres. The first complete recordings of the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka, and Jörg Widmann are among the Quartet’s most important projects. A highlight in 2015 was the performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet at the AUDI Summer Concerts as part of a conception by the conductor Kent Nagano.


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Francesco Piemontesi, piano
Photo Credit: © Marco Borgreve
Size: 2478x1650
Francesco Piemontesi, piano
Photo Credit: © Marco Borgreve
Size: 2400x1593
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Photo Credit: Michael Sahaida
Size: 3000x2000
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg
Size: 6000x4000
Truls Mørk
Photo Credit: Morten Krogvold and Virgin Classics
Size: 2707x2700
Truls Mørk
Photo Credit: Ste´phane de Bourgies and Virgin Classics
Size: 2171x2884
Philharmonia Orchestra
Photo Credit: © Felix Broede
Size: 4051x2700
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Photo Credit: Camilla Greenwell
Size: 7200x4805
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Photo Credit: Katja Ta¨hja¨
Size: 2912x4368
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Photo Credit: Clive Barda
Size: 2100x1400
Tesla Quartet
Photo Credit: Dario Acosta
Size: 2100x1400
Caption: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, violin and leader
Photo Credit: © Ian Douglas
Size: 2400x1597

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