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February 02, 2016

Great Performers 2016-2017 Season Announced

Great Performers

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Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra open season

with “Symphonic Masters” concert with pianist Yuja Wang on October 28;

Wang returns in February for recital with acclaimed violinist Leonidas Kavakos


"Symphonic Masters" also includes Budapest Festival Orchestra in two all-Beethoven programs

Led by Iván Fischer and London Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Vladimir Jurowski


William Christie and Les Arts Florissants pay tribute to Marie Antoinette;

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment returns with violinist Isabelle Faust


Bell, Denk, Kavakos, and Vogt on tap for the "Virtuoso Recitals" series


“Art of the Song” recitals by Christian Gerhaher, Diana Damrau with harpist Xavier de Maistre, soprano Carolyn Sampson, and New York recital debut by soprano Anne Schwanewilms


New York, New York, February 2, 2016—With half a century of stellar performances and universally-acclaimed artists to its credit, Lincoln Center's Great Performers series announces its 51st season.


The 2016-2017 season of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, which will run from October 28, 2016 through May 21, 2017, was announced today by Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director. The season features symphonic and period-instrument chamber orchestra concerts, instrumental and vocal recital series, and a film series, as well as pre- and post-concert discussions and lectures. Events take place in six venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus.


The London Symphony Orchestra, led by Gianandrea Noseda, opens the “Symphonic Masters” series on October 28 with Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Shostakovich's thrilling Symphony No. 5, and is joined by Yuja Wang for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. On October 30 Maestro Noseda and the LSO perform Verdi’s monumental Requiem, joined by acclaimed soloists Erika Grimaldi, Daniela Barcellona, Francesco Meli, and Ildar Abdrazakov, with the LSO Chorus.


Said Jane Moss, “With every Great Performers season we are eager to juxtapose the iconic with the iconoclastic, the acclaimed virtuosos with significant new talents, and the past’s timeless masterworks with the wet ink creations of our own time.  We are very pleased with this current edition of Great Performers in meeting and exceeding these aspirations.”


The “Symphonic Masters” series continues on February and 7, 2017 with another Great Performers favorite, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and music director Iván Fischer performing two all-Beethoven programs. Richard Goode is the featured soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 4 on February 5; the program also includes two of the master's most beloved symphonies, Nos. 1 and 5. Beethoven's Ninth is front and center on February 6, with Fischer leading the BFO and acclaimed soloists Laura Aikin, Kelley O'Connor, Robert Dean Smith, and Matthew Rose. 


The London Philharmonic Orchestra and its music director Vladimir Jurowski close the “Symphonic Masters” series with two spectacular programs on February 26 and 27.  The young Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki is featured in Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, and soprano Sofia Fomina, in her New York debut, joins the LPO for a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 4.  The all-Russian program on February 27 features the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja in Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s stirring Symphony No. 1.


The Great Performers “Art of the Song” series in Alice Tully Hall begins its 2016-2017 season on December 10 with the Great Performers debut of the soprano Diana Damrau. In a heavenly combination of harp and voice,  Damrau is joined by the harpist Xavier de Maistre for a recital featuring works by Debussy, Strauss, Hahn, and Chausson.


“Art of the Song” continues on December 17 with the baritone Christian Gerhaher, whose appearance in the 2014 White Light Festival presentation of Peter Sellars’ groundbreaking production of St. Matthew Passion with Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker was widely praised. His all-Mahler program includes selections from Das Lied von der Erde, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and Rückert-Lieder.  On April 16 the soprano Anne Schwanewilms performs her long-awaited New York recital debut, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau.  The series concludes with a bouquet of floral-themed songs on Mother's Day, May 14, with the Great Performers debut of soprano Carolyn Sampson.


The ensemble known as Gabrieli performs on November 12, the first of four acclaimed ensembles on next season's “Chamber Orchestras” series at Alice Tully Hall. Led by the conductor Paul McCreesh, the program, A Venetian Coronation 1595, features music by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli evoking a regal occasion.  On November 30, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra celebrates its 175th anniversary with British conductor Matthew Halls leading the orchestra in a program of works by Beethoven and—of course—Mozart.  French horn player Radovan Vlatkovic joins the orchestra for Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3.


Well-known to Lincoln Center audiences through its many appearances, Les Arts Florissants led by William Christie performs a program inspired by Marie Antoinette's love of the harp on March 15. The harpist Xavier de Maistre joins the group for works for harp and orchestra, bookended by Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Haydn's Symphony No. 85 “La reine.” Capping off the “Chamber Orchestra” series, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, led by violinist Isabelle Faust, performs at Alice Tully Hall on April 26.   Faust is featured in a pair of violin concerti by Mozart, framed by symphonies by Haydn and C.P.E. Bach.


Violinist Joshua Bell is back in Alice Tully Hall for a recital on November 2 with pianist Alessio Bax, the first concert of the “Virtuoso Recitals” series. On November 16, pianist Jeremy Denk brings yet another intelligent, enlightening program, Medieval to Modern, to Alice Tully Hall, drawing parallels and creating contrast between music selections that span 700 years. On February 8, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang warm up David Geffen Hall with works by Medtner, Schubert, Debussy, and Bartók. And pianist Lars Vogt returns to Great Performers on April 9, to Alice Tully Hall, to perform the complete Goldberg Variations, in celebration of his new recording on the Ondine label. 


The Takács Quartet, a favorite of Great Performers audiences, brings two programs to Alice Tully Hall next spring.  The first, on March 9, features the clarinetist Anthony McGill in Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, along with works by Haydn and Ravel.  On April 13, Takács performs an all-Beethoven program, with one quartet each from the master's early, middle, and late periods.


A varied group of artists appear on next season’s “Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts” series, where audiences can settle in to Walter Reade Theater for an hour-long concert followed by a casual reception with refreshments. On December 4, pianist David Fung’s program features works from The Scarlatti Project, juxtaposing pieces by the Baroque master alongside a world premiere inspired by one of them.  The award-winning Morgenstern Trio makes its Great Performers debut on February 12 performing works by Mendelssohn, Tailleferre, and Lili Boulanger, and the Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh makes her New York recital debut on March 19.  On April 30, classical guitarist Paul Galbraith brings his unique instrument-with two extra strings and an endpin for a vertical position-to the Walter Reade Theater for a program of works by Albéniz and Granados. Another Great Performers debut takes place in the series penultimate concert on May 7 by the Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. Finally, on May 21, the young American-born violinist Esther Yoo makes her New York recital debut, in a program with pianist Robert Koenig, performing works by Beethoven, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Glazunov.


Entering its third season, the popular “Complimentary Classical” series features the Great Performers debut of four acclaimed string quartets.  This series of free, hour-long concerts in the casual setting of David Rubenstein Atrium begins on January 12 with PUBLIQuartet and continues with the New York debut of the New Orford String Quartet on February 9 which will perform one of Beethoven's "Razumovsky” Quartets alongside a work by Canadian composer, R. Murray Schafer. On February 23, the adventurous Minguet Quartett performs a wide-ranging program of works by Haydn, Ockeghem, Jörg Widmann, and Mendelssohn. The series concludes on March 30 with the Jasper String Quartet, performing an early Beethoven quartet, Dvorák’s "American" Quartet, and Death Valley Junction by Missy Mazzoli.


Three programs at the Walter Reade Theater highlight legendary and historic performances in the “Beethoven on Film” series, presented in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Christian Labrande. The series begins on February 8 with a screening of the “Emperor Concerto,” with the Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache leading the famous work with pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. The film also features performances by the cellist Jacqueline de Pré, the pianist Daniel Barenboim, and violinist Pinchas Zukerman.  On February 12, a double feature begins with performances by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and the Vienna Philharmonic, Carlos Kleiber conducting.  In the second film, Wolfgang Sawallisch conducts a performance of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, with Pope Paul VI in the audience.


Programs, artists, and prices are subject to change.




Subscription Tickets for Great Performers 2016-2017 are on sale beginning February 2 online at, by phone via CenterCharge, 212-721-6500, by mail: Great Performers, Alice Tully Hall Box Office, 1941 Broadway,  New York, NY 10023-6588, or in person at the Alice Tully Hall or David Geffen Hall Box Office, 65th Street and Broadway.  Renewing subscribers should call CenterCharge or send in their renewal form. Single tickets will be on sale starting June 13.  To request a season brochure, call 212.875.5766.




BNY Mellon is Lead Supporter of Great Performers


Support is provided by Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.


Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.


Endowment support for Symphonic Masters is provided by the Leon Levy Fund.


Endowment support is also provided by UBS.


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


Initiated in 1965, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series offers classical and contemporary music performances from the world’s outstanding symphony orchestras, vocalists, chamber ensembles, and recitalists. One of the most significant music presentation series in the world, Great Performers runs from October through May with offerings in Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Walter Reade Theater, David Rubenstein Atrium and other performance spaces around New York City. From symphonic masterworks, lieder recitals, and Sunday morning coffee concerts to films and groundbreaking productions specially commissioned by Lincoln Center, Great Performers offers a rich spectrum of programming throughout the season. For more information:


Great Performers is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 5,000 events performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and its 10 other resident organizations. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects, now nearly complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.





London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda, conductor


October 28, 2016 at 8:00

Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major with Yuja Wang

Shostakovich: Symphony No.5


October 30, 2016 at 3:00

Verdi: Requiem          

Erika Grimaldi, soprano; Daniela Barcelona, mezzo-soprano;

Francesco Meli, tenor; Ildar Abdrazakov, bass

London Symphony Chorus

Simon Halsey, chorus director


A longtime mainstay of Great Performers, the London Symphony Orchestra returns to David Geffen Hall to open the 2016-2017 season. Gianandrea Noseda, who made a triumphant Mostly Mozart debut in 2013, leads the celebrated ensemble in a pair of compelling programs. Opening night features “piano phenom” Yuja Wang as soloist in Ravel’s G-major Concerto and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.  The LSO is joined by the London Symphony Chorus and top-notch soloists for a performance of the Verdi Requiem.


Resident orchestra at the Barbican London, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) annually presents more than 70 concerts at home and an equal number on tour. In addition to its annual Lincoln Center concerts, the LSO is international resident orchestra at the Philharmonie de Paris. The orchestra also performs under Conductor Laureate André Previn, Principal Guest Conductors Daniel Harding, and Michael Tilson Thomas, and regularly with Bernard Haitink, and Sir Simon Rattle. Outside the concert hall, the LSO’s many other activities include an energetic and groundbreaking education and community program, a record company, a music education center, and pioneering work in the field of digital music.


The LSO is a leader in recording music for CD, film, television and events and its label, LSO Live, boasts over a hundred titles. The LSO has recorded music for hundreds of films including Philomena, The Monuments Men, four of the Harry Potter films, Superman and six Star Wars movies, and has recently recorded music for the video-games series Final Fantasy.


Gianandrea Noseda, Musical America's Conductor of the Year in 2015, is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation. Noseda is currently Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino and he has just been named Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, beginning in 2017.


In 2014 Noseda brought the Teatro Regio Torino on its first tour of North America, with performances in New York, Chicago, Toronto, and Ann Arbor. The concert performance of Rossini's opera William Tell at Carnegie Hall was among the most highly praised of the season. His 2013 Mostly Mozart debut, performing Rossini’s Stabat Mater, was also greatly acclaimed.


Gianandrea Noseda is Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the De Sabata Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival (Italy). Previous posts include a nine-year stint as Music Director of the BBC Philharmonic and a decade as Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Maestro Noseda’s recording legacy numbers over fifty recordings, including his Musica Italiana recording project on Chandos label, and opera albums with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra Teatro Regio with celebrated vocalists such as Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, Rolando Villazon, Anna Netrebko (all for Deutsche Grammophon), and Diana Damrau (for Warner Classics).


“A rare combination of flamboyance and intelligence.” The New Yorker on Yuja Wang


Pianist Yuja Wang has established herself as an international sensation and a fixture among the world’s leading orchestras—including those of New York, London, Amsterdam, and Berlin—regularly joining them on tours of the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Championed early on by preeminent maestros including Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the late Claudio Abbado, she is one of today’s most sought after soloists, as well as a fiercely dedicated chamber musician, recitalist, and Grammy-nominated recording artist.


Highlights of her 2015-2016 season include a European festival tour with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, her Vienna Philharmonic debut under Valery Gergiev, a US tour with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Symphony and performances with Moscow Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, among others. In addition, Wang makes an appearance at the BBC Proms, is on a European recital tour, and performs the complete Brahms sonata cycle with the violinist Leonidas Kavakos at the Edinburgh Festival.


A pre-concert lecture by Andrew Shenton will take place at 1:45 at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer, conductor


February 5, 2017 at 3:00 - All-Beethoven program

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 and 5; Piano Concerto No. 4 with Richard Goode


February 6, 2017 at 8:00 - All-Beethoven program

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

Symphony No. 9 with Laura Aikin, soprano, Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano,

Robert Dean Smith, tenor, Matthew Rose, bass;

Concert Chorale of New York, James Bagwell, director

Conductor Iván Fischer and his “consistently glorious” (The New York Times) Budapest Festival Orchestra bring two all-Beethoven programs to David Geffen Hall.  The First and Fifth Symphonies are paired with the Piano Concerto No. 4, with Richard Goode as soloist. The following day features Beethoven's last symphonies, the concise gem that is the Eighth symphony, and his magnificent Symphony No. 9.


The Budapest Festival Orchestra is ranked among the top orchestras in the world. Its key figure is Music Director Iván Fischer who, alongside Zoltán Kocsis, was one of the Orchestra’s founding fathers. The orchestra is a regular guest at the world’s most important music venues and concert halls, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, and Royal Albert Hall. They have repeatedly been invited to perform at international music events including the Mostly Mozart Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, and the Edinburgh International Festival.


Over the years, the BFO has received the highest of accolades. In New York Magazine’s 2013 list of the city’s top classical music events, the BFO’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, performed at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, was voted the best of the year. The orchestra’s albums have won two Gramophone Awards, a Grammy nomination, and a Diapason d’Or, among other distinctions.


“A dynamic, idiosyncratic Beethoven conductor.”The New York Times on Iván Fischer


Iván Fischer is the Music Director and a founder of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, as well as Music Director at Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Konzerthausorchester. His thirty-year-long partnership with the Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the great success stories in the classical music.


As a guest conductor, he has worked with the finest symphony orchestras in the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra. As Music Director, he has led the Kent Opera and the Opéra National de Lyon, and was Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Many of his recordings have been awarded prestigious international prizes.


“Among the most persuasive Beethoven interpreters of our time.” —San Francisco Chronicle on Richard Goode


Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In regular performances with major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and through his extensive and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, he has won a large and devoted following.

His 2015-2016 season includes performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Jeffrey Kahane, the Orchestre de Paris and Herbert Blomstedt, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and David Zinman, and the Orchestre National de Lyon and Ton Koopman, among others. A compelling recitalist,   Goode will appear next season at the Royal Festival Hall in London, in the Chicago Symphony series, and at major venues in the U.S. and Europe.


World renowned American soprano Laura Aikin is a familiar presence in the world’s great opera houses and concert halls performing with many of the greatest conductors of our time. Possessing a range of over three octaves and an arresting stage presence, her repertoire embraces works from the Baroque to the contemporary. In great demand in both Europe and America   Aikin is now a regular guest at the leading opera houses worldwide and has appeared as a concert artist with orchestras throughout the world. She has appeared regularly at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, among other international festivals.


Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. John Adams wrote the title role of The Gospel According to the Other Mary for O’Connor and she has performed the work internationally, most notably the widely-acclaimed New York premiere at Lincoln Center's Great Performers in 2013. Also at Lincoln Center, the California native has performed with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in the Mozart Requiem.


Since making his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1997 as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the tenor Robert Dean Smith has appeared in leading roles on opera stages and concert halls in Europe, the United States, and Asia.   Smith’s recording on Arte Nova of Wagner scenes has been awarded the "Orphée d’Or" by the Académie du Disque Lyrique. Like many dramatic tenors, he began his career as a baritone and sang for several years in German opera houses.


In the 2015-2016 season Matthew Rose, bass, makes his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, and sings Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor for the Royal Opera House, King Marke in Tristan and Isolde for English National Opera, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Glyndebourne Festival. He has appeared in concert and in recital at significant venues worldwide. His solo recordings include a critically acclaimed Winterreise with pianist Gary Matthewman and Schwanengesang with Malcolm Martineau, both on the Stone Records label.


A pre-concert lecture by Ara Guzelimian will take place on February 5 at 6:15, at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor


February 26, 2017 at 3:00

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 with Jan Lisiecki

Mahler: Symphony No.4 with Sofia Fomina, soprano (New York debut)

February, 27, 2017 at 8:00

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.2 with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.1; Glinka: Valse-Fantaisie


The “meticulous, brilliant conductor” (The New York Times) Vladimir Jurowski returns to Great Performers with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a pair of programs. The young Canadian-Polish prodigy Jan Lisiecki is soloist in Chopin’s First Piano Concerto, and the Russian soprano Sofia Fomina is featured in Mahler's Fourth Symphony, an ode to music that incorporates the Bavarian folk song “Heaven Is Hung with Violins” into its glowing finale.


Jurowski and the LPO return to David Geffen Hall the following day for a performance with two of the conductor's compatriots. Patricia Kopatchinskaja brings her unconventional virtuosity to Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, followed by Rachmaninoff’s dynamic First Symphony, in which the composer stakes his claim as a melodic genius.


Recognized as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and is in residence each summer at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. The Orchestra tours regularly, and highlights of the current season include Mexico, Spain, Germany, Canary Islands, Belgium, and the Orchestra’s debut at La Scala, Milan.


Vladimir Jurowski is the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor.  Since LPO was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham, its principal conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt, and Kurt Masur. The Orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and has recorded soundtracks for numerous blockbuster films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It has made many distinguished recordings over the last eight decades and in 2005 began releasing live, studio and archive recordings on its own CD label.


Vladimir Jurowski is acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment. In addition to his role as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski is the next Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin beginning in 2017. 


Vladimir Jurowski enjoys close relationships with some of the world’s most distinguished artistic institutions. Highlights of the 2015-2016 season and beyond include his return visits to the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Cleveland, Royal Concertgebouw, and Philadelphia Orchestras, his debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival at the helm of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and performances at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He will tour with the State Academic Symphony to major European capitals and summer festivals.  Among the highlights of his work with the London Philharmonic are performances of Das Rheingold, Mahler’s Seventh and Eighth Symphonies, the world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s Green Mass, and a tour to the Moscow Rostropovich Festival. 


Recognized for his poetic and mature playing, the 20 year-old Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has been earned numerous prestigious awards. The Boston Globe called him “a musician of unusual refinement and imagination.’’  His debut recording on Deutsche Grammophon featuring Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 466 and 467 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Christian Zacharias was nominated for a Juno Award for classical album of the year. Lisiecki’s second DG album features Chopin’s Études Op. 10 and Op. 25.  For his latest release, he is joined by Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano. This season he makes his Carnegie Hall debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, performs with the Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, and tours with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the U.S. and with the Warsaw Philharmonic in Germany.


Born in Russia, rising star soprano Sofia Fomina's career began at the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre, and she has been a member of the ensemble of the State Theatre of Saarbrucken and Frankfurt Oper. Highlights of her 2015-2016 season include a return to Bayerische Staatsoper as Blondchen and Oscar in a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera conducted by Zubin Mehta, and a reprise of her role of Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos at The Royal Opera House.


Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja's versatility shows itself in her diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque and Classical often played on gut strings, to new commissions and re-interpretations of modern masterworks. “Touching, mesmerising and slightly mad: like everything she does,” is how The Times (London) described her.


Highlights of her 2015-2016 season include performances with Staatskapelle Berlin, a residency at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, and a collaboration with Teodor Currentzis and Musica Aeterna with whom she will appear at Bremen Festspiele and tour across Europe. In London, Kopatchinskaja appears with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Jurowski and she is the central figure of the “Marin, Madness and Music” weekend at the Southbank Centre—where she will perform with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.


A prolific recording artist, Kopatchinskaja's recordings released this season include works by Gia Kancheli with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Teodor Currentzis and Musica Aeterna (Sony). Her recording of concerti by Bartók, Ligeti, and Peter Eötvös (Naïve Classique) won Gramophone’s Recording of the Year Award in 2013, the ECHO Klassik Award, and a 2014 Grammy nomination.


A pre-concert lecture by Harlow Robinson will take place on February 27 at 6:45 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


These programs are supported by the Leon Levy Fund for Symphonic Masters.

Symphonic Masters is made possible in part by endowment support from UBS.




Four of Europe's most accomplished ensembles—three of them period instrument groups—make up Lincoln Center's 2016-2017 Chamber Orchestra series at Alice Tully Hall


Gabrieli Paul McCreesh, conductor


November 12, 2016 at 7:30

A Venetian Coronation 1595

Music by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli

Vocal and instrumental forces: twelve male singers (four countertenors; four tenors; two baritones, and two basses) and fifteen instrumentalists (one violin, doubling viola; five cornetts; five sackbutts; one dulcian; one drum; and two organs), directed by Paul McCreesh.


“Imaginative in conception, varied in content, and both exciting and thought-provoking in execution.” Gramophone on A Venetian Coronation 1595


The renowned period-instrument orchestra and choir Gabrieli, led by its founder Paul McCreesh, is known for its mold-breaking reconstructions of music from historical events. For A Venetian Coronation 1595, the ensemble evokes the grand pageantry of a late-16th-century Italian coronation to create an inspiring concert experience.


Gabrieli, originally the Gabrieli Consort & Players, is a world-renowned interpreter of great vocal and instrumental repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to the present day.  Formed as an early-music ensemble by Paul McCreesh in 1982, the group's repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programs of music from many centuries and reconstructions of music composed for historical events.


In 2015-2016, Gabrieli presents Bach Passion performances in the U.K. and U.S. (in collaboration with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), a Christmas tour of Handel’s Messiah through Europe, and performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus at Handelfestspiele Halle and Chateau de Versailles. U.K. appearances include a performance of Haydn’s The Seasons, a new a cappella program, and a continuation of 2015’s Purcell project as part of the group's partnership with Hampton Court Palace.


Gabrieli’s reputation for award-winning recordings was established during a fifteen-year association with Deutsche Grammophon. In 2010,   McCreesh established his own record label, Winged Lion. In its first year alone, the label released four diverse recordings, underlining Gabrieli’s versatility and McCreesh’s breadth of vision. These releases are regarded as benchmark recordings, receiving accolades that include BBC Music Magazine Awards, a Gramophone Award, and a Diapason d’Or de l’Année.


Paul McCreesh, the founder and Artistic Director of Gabrieli, has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. In 2013 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he is conducting a wide range of music from the Classical period through to the 20th century.


McCreesh has guest-conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, and has established a strong reputation in the opera house, having conducted productions at major opera houses throughout Europe. He is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians and broadening access to Classical music; he works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.


A pre-concert lecture by noted musicologist Raymond Erickson will take place at 615 at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Matthew Halls, conductor


November 30, 2016 at 7:30

Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3, in E-flat major, K.447 with Radovan Vlatkovic;

Beethoven: Prometheus Overture; Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”)


Beginning with Beethoven’s fiery Prometheus Overture, Austria’s Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra—founded by Mozart’s widow and sons—and celebrating its 175th anniversary, comes to Alice Tully Hall in November. In his Great Performers debut, the conductor Matthew Halls leads the program, which also includes Mozart’s rarely performed E-flat major Horn Concerto and his soaring “Jupiter” Symphony.


The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra is considered one of Austria's finest orchestras, performing a wide variety of repertory from Baroque to contemporary. While the orchestra's core repertoire consists of works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert, it has increasingly expanded its scope to perform music by Gounod, Stravinsky, and Berio, as well as by contemporary composers such as Kurt Schwertsik, Helmut Eder, and Georg Friedrich Haas.


The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra performs a regular schedule of concerts at the Salzburger Landestheater and other Austrian locations. It also regularly appears at the Salzburg Festival and Mozart Festival, and tours throughout Europe, Asia, and elsewhere across the globe. The orchestra has made countless recordings over the years, amassing 100 titles devoted to the works of Mozart alone. The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra was founded in 1841 by Mozart’s widow Constanze and his sons Franz Xaver and Karl Thomas. Ivor Bolton is currently the orchestra’s principal conductor.


British conductor Matthew Halls first came to prominence as a keyboard player and early music conductor, but is now best known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras and opera companies, and for his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods.


Halls, the Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival since 2014, is in demand by orchestras in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.  His debut with the Toronto Symphony, in which he led Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony “captured much of the energy and excitement that its first audience must have felt at its premiere nearly 200 years ago” (Toronto Star).


Halls’ 2015-2016 appearances include the Nashville Symphony, Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Yale Institue of Sacred Music, Artis Naples, and Les Violons du Roy. In the opera house, Halls’ repertoire covers Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical works, and also extends to later works, with a particular focus on Britten.  Halls is represented on disc with Handel’s Parnasso in Festa (Hyperion), a set of four Bach Harpsichord Concertos conducted from the keyboard (Linn), which Gramophone welcomed as “joyful and invigorating,” Bach’s Easter and Ascension Oratorios, and award-winning recordings of Purcell’s Sonatas in Three and Four Parts.


One of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, Radovan Vlatkovic has travelled the globe performing extensively as a soloist and has popularized the horn as recording artist and teacher. Born in Zagreb, he served as Principal Horn with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (now Deutsches Symphonie Orchester) under Maestros Riccardo Chailly and Vladimir Ashkenazy; held the post of Horn Professor at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule and in 1998 became Horn Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.


Vlatkovic has performed as soloist with many distinguished symphony and chamber orchestras throughout Europe. As a chamber musician he is in high demand, performing at festivals and series around the world.

Vlatkovic has received the German Critics Award for several of his discs. His numerous recordings include Mozart and Strauss Concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra and Jeffrey Tate, works by Saint-Saëns with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, the Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with Neil Jenkins and the Oriol Ensemble in Berlin, Concertos for two horns by Leopold Mozart and Fasch with Hermann Baumann, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Iona Brown. More recordings including chamber music have been issued by EMI, DECCA, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, and other labels.


A pre-concert lecture will take place at 615 at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, conductor

Xavier de Maistre, harp


March 15, 2017 at 7:30

Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K.525; Krumpholtz:  Harp Concerto, Op. 7, No. 5;

Hermann: Harp Concerto No. 1 in F major, Op. 9 with

Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in B-flat major (“La reine”)


A passionate amateur musician, Marie Antoinette was often depicted alongside her favorite instrument, the harp, and she was an important champion of the instrument. For this unusual program, the French period-instrument ensemble Les Arts Florissants — a long-time favorite on the Great Performers series — presents exquisite repertoire showcasing the harpist Xavier de Maistre. Along with Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, the ensemble will accompany de Maistre in two sparkling harp works before concluding with Haydn’s Symphony No. 85, fittingly nicknamed “The Queen.”


An ensemble of singers and instrumentalists specialized in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments, Les Arts Florissants is renowned the world over. Founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, the ensemble has played a pioneering role in the revival of a Baroque repertoire that had long been neglected (including the rediscovery of countless treasures in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France). Today that repertoire is widely performed and admired—not only French music from the reign of Louis XIV—but also more generally European music of the 17th and 18th centuries. 


Each season Les Arts Florissants gives around 100 concerts and opera performances throughout France, and is an active ambassador for French culture abroad, with performances across Europe and in the United States. The ensemble has produced an impressive discography of nearly 100 recordings, and its DVD catalogue includes over a dozen performances.  In 2013, Les Arts Florissants launched its own recording label, The Arts Florissants Editions, which has now released five discs: BelshazzarLe Jardin de Monsieur Rameau and Handel’s Music for Queen Caroline conducted by William Christie, as well as the Mantova and Cremona volumes of Monteverdi’s madrigals, conducted by Paul Agnew.


William Christie, harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, and teacher, is the inspiration behind one of the most exciting musical adventures of the last thirty years. A pioneer in the rediscovery of Baroque music, he has introduced the repertoire of 17th- and 18th-century France to a wide audience. From Charpentier to Rameau, through Couperin, Mondonville, Campra, and Montéclair, William Christie is the uncontested master of tragédie-lyrique as well as opéra-ballet, and is just as comfortable with the French motet as with music of the court. But his affection for French music does not preclude him from exploring other European repertoires and, as well as his many acclaimed performances of Italian works (Monteverdi, Rossi, Scarlatti, Landi), he broaches Purcell and Handel with as much success as Mozart or Haydn.


For background on Xavier de Maistre, please see the “Art of the Song” section of this release recital with Diana Damrau.


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Isabelle Faust, director and violin


April 26, 2017 at 7:30

Mozart: Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 5 with Isabelle Faust;

Haydn: Symphony No. 49 (“La passione”); C.P.E. Bach Symphony in G major, Wq182/1

For this spring program, London’s superb period-instrument ensemble Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment balances the dramatic Sturm und Drang momentum of Haydn’s “La passione” and C.P.E. Bach’s Symphony in G major with the charming wit of Mozart’s first and last violin concertos, performed by the ever-skillful and spirited violinist Isabelle Faust.


 “One of the world’s finest 18th-century-repertoire orchestras playing on instruments of Mozart’s time finely balanced and played with panache and style.” Classical Source


The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is one of the world’s leading period instrument orchestras.  Formed in 1986, the self-governing orchestra is the ensemble-in-residence at London’s Southbank Centre and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, with five principal conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, and Vladimir Jurowski.  From its inception, the OAE has continued to “think outside the box,” with performances on period-specific instruments just one element of its quest for authenticity.  The OAE constantly pushes for change, while continuing to achieve excellence, diversity, and exploration. 


Highlights of the 2015-16 season include performances at Royal Festival Hall including Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 with conductor Marin Alsop, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) with Vladimir Jurowski, and a 30th birthday gala featuring a concert version of Weber’s Der Freischutz; concerts at St. John’s Smith Square of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s B minor mass with conductor Stephen Layton; Bruckner Symphony No. 6 with Sir Simon Rattle; and the world premiere tour of Michael Gordon’s Bassoon Concerto, featuring director Matthew Truscott and bassoonist Peter Whelan.


“Her sound has passion, grit and electricity but also a disarming warmth and sweetness that can unveil the music’s hidden strains of lyricism...” The New York Times

Isabelle Faust captivates her listeners through her insightful and faithful interpretations, based on a thorough knowledge of the historical context of the works as well as her attention to current scholarship. She performs a wide-ranging repertoire, from J.S. Bach to Ligeti, Lachenmann, and Widmann. Ever keen to explore new musical horizons, Faust is equally at home as a chamber musician and as a soloist with major orchestras or period ensembles.


Over the course of her career, Isabelle Faust has regularly performed and recorded with many of the world's most renowned conductors. She has recorded numerous discs for harmonia mundi with her recital partner Alexander Melnikov, including the Brahms Sonatas for violin and piano, and the second and third installments of the Schumann Trilogy, recorded with the Freiburger Barockorchester with the conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.  Isabelle Faust plays the “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivarius (1704), on loan from the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.




The 2016-2017 “Virtuoso Recital” series is chock-full of Lincoln Center's all-time favorite performers.  Violinist Joshua Bell and Leonidas Kavakos, and pianists Jeremy Denk, Lars Vogt and Yuja Wang, have each appeared on Great Performers multiple times, and audiences continually clamor for their return. 


Joshua Bell, violin

Alessio Bax, piano


November 2, 2016 at 7:30

Program to be announced


“Few prodigies make it into musical maturity, but Bell has evolved from a technical whiz to a true artist and intellectual whose music feeds both your brain and your heart.” Newsweek

Joshua Bell is among the most celebrated violinists of his era, renowned for his passion, restless curiosity, and multifaceted musical interests. His scope is almost unparalleled, equally at home as a soloist, chamber music, recording artist and orchestra leader. Bell was named the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, becoming the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.


Bell's 2015-2016 season takes him around the globe, including recital tours in the U.S., Europe, and Asia; a European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; and concerto appearances with the New York Philharmonic and several other American orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic.


An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs—garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards—since his first LP recording at age 18 on the Decca Label. Recent releases include French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, featuring sonatas by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Franck, At Home with Friends, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, The Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as The Red Violin Concerto, The Essential Joshua Bell, Voice of the Violin, and Romance of the Violin which Billboard named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. 


Bell appeared on the Grammy-nominated crossover recording Short Trip Home with composer and double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, as well as a recording with Meyer of the Bottesini Gran Duo Concertante.  Highlights of the Sony Classical film soundtracks on which Bell has performed include The Red Violin which won the Oscar for Best Original Score, the Classical Brit-nominated Ladies in Lavender, and the films, Iris and Defiance.


Convinced of the value of music as both a diplomatic and educational tool, he has performed for three U.S. Presidents as well as the President of China and devoted himself to several charitable causes, most notably Education Through Music, which has helped put instruments in the hands of thousands of kids in America’s inner cities.


First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions—and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient—pianist Alessio Bax has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the Dallas and Houston Symphony Orchestras, the NHK Symphony in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.


“His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity,”Gramophone


Bax opened the 2015-2016 season performing with the Colorado Symphony and then toured to South American, crowned by three recitals at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. With violinist Joshua Bell, he embarks on a tour of Asia, collaborates for the first time with the Emerson String Quartet, plays four-hand piano concerts with Lucille Chung in Canada, and returns to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for engagements in New York and on tour. Among his solo recitals, Bax performs in the Cliburn Concerts series in Ft. Worth.


Bax’s extensive concerto repertoire has led to performances with such esteemed conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marin Alsop, Sergiu Commisiona, Vernon Handley, Pietari Inkinen, Hannu Lintu, Andrew Litton, Jonathan Nott, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Alexander Shelley, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden. His international festival appearances include London’s International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall); the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; England’s Aldeburgh and Bath festivals; and the Ruhr Klavier-Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn in Germany. He has also appeared multiple times at such U.S. festivals as Bravo! Vail, Bard Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and [email protected], and has given recitals in major music halls around the world, including in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, DC. An accomplished chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis, Nicholas Phan, Paul Watkins, and Jörg Widmann, among others.


Bax’s celebrated discography for Signum Classics includes Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight” Sonatas (Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”); Bax & Chung, a duo disc with Lucille Chung, presenting Stravinsky’s original four-hand version of the ballet Pétrouchka as well as music by Brahms and Piazzolla; Alessio Bax plays Mozart, comprising Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595 with London’s Southbank Sinfonia led by Simon Over.  His latest solo album, featuring works by Mussorgsky and Scriabin was released by Signum Classics in September 2015.  


Jeremy Denk, piano


November 16, 2016 at 7:30

Medieval to Modern


The program spans centuries, from the medieval and renaissance worlds of Machaut, Couperin, and Frescobaldi, to Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, to the modernists Stravinsky, Cage, Ligeti, and John Adams, and back to Machaut.


“So many recitalists mix old and modern music, but few have Denk’s gift for stacking both halves of the deck with works of such iconic grandeur, and then pulling off the mammoth recital as if it’s all in a day’s work.” Boston Globe


Pianist Jeremy Denk, an artist of “trademark vitality and elegance” (The New York Times), is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year award. In the program Medieval to Modern, the exceptionally versatile pianist draws on the shared musicality of works spanning nearly a millennium, creating discoveries and surprises from Couperin to Cage.


Jeremy Denk has appeared as soloist with many of the major orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, and as a recitalist in prestigious venues across the globe. He is in the middle of a four-season tenure as an Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and recently made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and at the BBC Proms, both in recital and with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas.


Denk’s 2015-2016 engagements include a fourteen-city recital tour of the U.S. and performances with the Chicago, San Diego, Detroit, and Baltimore Symphonies. He makes his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony, and in the UK appears on tour in recital and with the Britten Sinfonia. In a specially-curated program of the Ives Violin Sonatas, he also performs in North America with violinist Stefan Jackiw and the vocal ensemble New York Polyphony.


In 2014 Denk served as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival, during which he wrote the libretto for a comic opera which was subsequently presented by Carnegie Hall. Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” The pianist’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, The Guardian, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. One of his New Yorker contributions, “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” forms the basis of a memoir for future publication by Random House in the U.S., and Macmillan in the U.K. Recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing, his blog, Think Denk, was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives.


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 frequently appeared at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as at many other significant festivals in the U.S. and Europe.


Leonidas Kavakos, violin, Yuja Wang, piano


February 8, 2017 at 7:30

Medtner: 2 Canzonas with Dances, Op. 43; Schubert: Fantasia in C major, D 934; Debussy: Violin Sonata in G major, L. 140;

Bartók: Violin Sonata No. 1 in C sharp minor, SZ. 75, BB 84


Presented by the New York Philharmonic in association with Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series.


“A strikingly vibrant and expressive partnership. The collaborative spirit shown by Kavakos and Wang has you gripped from the word go.”Gramophone


For this duo recital at David Geffen Hall, dynamic partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang evoke the gypsy caravans of Debussy’s Violin Sonata, savor the folk idioms in Bartók's Sonata No. 1, and demonstrate their stunning virtuosity in Medtner's Canzonas.


Leonidas Kavakos is recognized around the world for his virtuosity, superb musicianship and the integrity of his playing. He works with the world’s greatest orchestras and is an exclusive artist with Decca Classics.  Kavakos has developed close relationships with top orchestras and conductors across Europe and the United States. This season, he tours with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to Spain, with the Bayerischer Rundfunk to the U.S. and performs at the Verbier, White Nights, Edinburgh International, Tanglewood, and Annecy Classic festivals, as well as performing a cycle of Beethoven Sonatas at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele.


Leonidas Kavakos has also built a strong profile as a conductor, working with the London and Boston Symphonies, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Wiener Symphoniker (VSO), and Budapest Festival orchestras. This season, Kavakos returns as conductor to the VSO, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and, for the first time, the Bamberger Symphoniker, Danish National Symphony, Netherlands Radio Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.


His recording of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Enrico Pace (Decca Classics) earned him the ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year award.  Kavakos also released recordings of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly, and the Brahms Violin Sonatas with Yuja Wang on Decca Classics, and was awarded Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2014.  His earlier discography includes recordings on BIS, ECM, and Sony Classical.


Brought up in a musical family in Athens, he curated a chamber music series for 15 years at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall, featuring artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Heinrich Schiff, Menahem Pressler, Emanuel Ax, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang and Gautier Capuçon, among others.   Kavakos curates an annual violin and chamber music masterclass in Athens, attracting violinists and ensembles from all over the world and reflecting his deep commitment to passing down musical knowledge and traditions.


Information about pianist Yuja Wang may be found in the “Symphonic Masters” section above.


Lars Vogt, piano


April 9, 2017 at 5:00

Bach: Goldberg Variations


 “The simplicity, wit and honesty of his approach makes this a wonderful addition to the catalogue by a versatile musician.” Guardian (UK) on Vogt’s Goldberg Variations


“Charismatic” pianist Lars Vogt (Scotland Herald) was praised for the “freshness and joie de vivre” he brings to Bach’s masterful Goldberg Variations on his critically-acclaimed 2015 recording. Over 80 minutes of uninterrupted performance, Vogt tackles this immaculate collection of keyboard pieces, which he reveres as a sacred object, shining a light through the work’s prismatic elegance.


 Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. He has enjoyed a varied career since winning second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.  His versatility as an artist ranges from the core Classical repertoire of Mozart and Beethoven to the high romanticism of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff to the dazzling modernism of the Lutoslawski Concerto. More and more often,   Vogt works with orchestras as a conductor both on the podium and from the keyboard. His recent appointment as Music Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Sage, Gateshead in Newcastle, UK, beginning in the 2015-2016 season.


Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras in the UK, Continental Europe, North America, and Japan, collaborating with the world’s most celebrated conductors. His regular collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic have continued for over a decade, following his appointment as their first ever “Pianist in Residence” in 2003.  Vogt has performed duo recitals with the violinist Christian Tetzlaff throughout North America. 


Highlights of Lars Vogt’s 2015 2016 season include a return appearance at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival; appearances with the London, Vienna, and RSB Berlin symphonies and the Orchestre de Paris; a European recital tour; performances with the St. Louis and Baltimore symphonies; and a North American trio tour with Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff.


Lars Vogt enjoys a high profile as a chamber musician. In 1998, he founded the “Spannungen” chamber festival. The concerts take place in an Art Nouveau hydroelectric power station and the festival's huge success has been marked by the release of ten live recordings on EMI. 


Lars Vogt is a passionate advocate of making music an essential life force in the community. In 2005 he established a major educational program named “Rhapsody in School,” which brings his colleagues to schools across Germany and Austria, thereby connecting children with inspiring world-class musicians.  . Vogt is also an accomplished and enthusiastic teacher and in 2013 was appointed Professor of Piano at the Hannover Conservatory of Music, succeeding Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, his former teacher and close friend.




For over 30 years, Lincoln Center's “Art of the Song” has presented the world's finest vocalists in recital.  The 2016-2017 edition promises special delights, with the spectacular soprano Diana Damrau paired with the exquisite sounds of Xavier de Maistre’s harp; the acclaimed baritone Christian Gerhaher in an all-Mahler program; the long-awaited New York recital debut of the German soprano Anne Schwanewilms, and a bouquet of flower-themed art songs performed by the incomparable soprano Carolyn Sampson.


Diana Damrau, soprano, Xavier de Maistre, harp


December 10, 2016 at 7:30

Works by Debussy, Smetana, Strauss, Hahn, Chausson, Fauré, Duparc, and Dell'Acqua


Soprano Diana Damrau is joined by her frequent musical partner, the virtuoso harpist Xavier de Maistre, for a recital of heavenly works featuring music by Debussy, Strauss, Hahn, Chausson, and more. Their exceptional musical partnership is documented on a highly-touted CD (Nuit d’étoiles) and a DVD (Diva Divina). The pairing of Damrau and de Maistre, noted as “a virtuoso of the highest order” (Gramophone), is likely to be electrifying.


Described by The Guardian (London) as “a soprano of matchless intelligence,” Diana Damrau is regarded as the leading coloratura soprano. A regular guest at the most renowned opera companies and concert halls, she was awarded the title Bayerische Kammersängerin in 2007 and named “Best Female Singer” at the 2014 International Opera Awards. Diana Damrau performs a broad range of repertoire on both operatic and concert stages around the world.


An audience favorite at the Metropolitan Opera, Damrau has returned to New York every year since 2005, taking on the roles of Zerbinetta, Rosina, Aithra, Konstanze, Gilda, Lucia, Marie, Adèle (Le comte Ory) and Adina. In Europe, she has close ties with the Salzburg Festival, where her 2001 debut was followed by appearances as Queen of the Night, Blonde, Konstanze, Fauno, Susanna, and a solo recital in 2014.


In addition to her achievements in opera, Damrau has established herself as one of today’s finest lieder singers and gives recitals at renowned venues, from London’s Wigmore Hall to Vienna’s Musikverein and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Her recordings include Forever, featuring melodies from operettas, films and musicals; and orchestral songs by Richard Strauss (both of which were awarded an ECHO Klassik;  as well as CD releases of Mozart arias, coloratura pieces of the Romantic period, and songs by Franz Liszt. Her most recent release Fiamma del belcanto (“the flame of beautiful singing”) highlights both well-loved and oft forgotten music of the golden age of bel canto.

Xavier de Maistre belongs to an elite category of soloists who are redefining what is possible with their instrument. Aside from commissions from composers such as Kaija Saariaho, he performs works like Smetana’s Ma Vlast with breathtaking precision, presenting masterful arrangements of works that are usually played by an entire orchestra. The interpretation of these works, that few harpists before him have even considered playing, has contributed to his reputation as one of the most creative and extraordinary musicians of his generation. 


He has appeared with major orchestras around the globe, and performs at many of Europe’s leading festivals and venues in cultural capitals all over the world. In addition to his collaboration with the soprano Diana Damrau, he also partners with Daniel Müller-Schott, Baiba Skride, and Arabella Steinbacher, among others.His CDs on Sony Music include music by Haydn, Rodrigo, Ginastera and Debussy (earning the Echo Klassik "Instrumentalist of the Year" award), a recording of Baroque concertos with the Ensemble l’arte del mondo, a recording of Mozart piano concertos arranged for harp, with Mozarteum Salzburg and conductor Ivor Bolton, and a solo recital CD Moldau – The Romantic Album.  


A pre-concert lecture by Cori Ellison will take place at 6:15 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


Christian Gerhaher, baritone and Gerold Huber, piano


December 17, 2016 at 7:30

All-Mahler program, including songs from Das Lied von der Erde,

 Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and Rückert-Lieder


Described as “the most moving singer in the world” (Telegraph, U.K.) and widely considered the successor to lieder legend Fischer-Dieskau, Christian Gerhaher, accompanied by his frequent musical partner Gerold Huber, presents an all-Mahler program in which artist and repertoire transcend the limits of time. For this unique recital, the German baritone sings excerpts from Mahler’s “Song of the Earth,” a “symphony of songs” by a man bidding farewell to the complex beauty of existence. He also explores Mahler’s renowned Rückert-Lieder, brooding, intimate settings of text by the lyrical poet Friedrich Rückert, including the exquisite piece “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen.”


Christian Gerhaher’s exemplary lied interpretations with the pianist Gerold Huber set a gold standard—their recordings have won numerous prizes including Echo Klassik Awards and a Gramophone Classical Music “Solo Vocal” Award. The lied duo can be heard on the stages of major international recital centers, from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to Lincoln Center in New York, and many in between.


Besides giving concerts and recitals, Christian Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after performer on the opera stage for which his prizes include the Laurence Olivier Award and the theater prize known as Der Faust.  Wolfram remains a constant role in his calendar in the opera houses in Berlin, Madrid, Vienna, London, and Munich. In the 2015-2016 season, he makes his debut as Wozzeck at Zurich Opera House and can be heard twice as Pelléas, with the Berlin Philharmonic and in a concert performance with the London Symphony Orchestra—both conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.


Christian Gerhaher is a regular guest at major European festivals. In 2015-2016, he is artist-in-residence at the Wigmore Hall in London.


Gerhaher’s intensive preoccupation with the music of Gustav Mahler brought him together with the conductors Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel, and Pierre Boulez, and major orchestras regularly invite him to perform, including the London Symphony Orchestra and Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. Gerhaher maintains close ties with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, with whom he recorded his first album of arias devoted to opera in the German Romantic era, which earned him the International Opera Award.


Christian Gerhaher has recorded CDs with major European and American orchestras.  Accompanied by Gerold Huber, he has also recorded cycles by Schumann and Schubert, as well as many other lied recordings, all on Sony Music.


“[Gerold Huber's] sensitive interludes are to die for," wrote one critic, a sentiment echoed by many about this pianist’s exemplary collaborative work. As a lied pianist he regularly appears at festivals and series throughout Europe and North America.  Huber is in high demand with a multitude of internationally renowned singers, including Mojca Erdmann, Christiane Karg, and Rolando Villazón.  He is also the pianist of vocal ensemble Liedertafel and performs chamber music with the Artemis Quartet, Henschel Quartet, and the trumpet player Reinhold Friedrich. In addition, Huber is an active soloist, with recital performances across Europe and in New Zealand.


Anne Schwanewilms, soprano (New York recital debut),

Malcolm Martineau, piano


April 16, 2017 at 5:00

Works by Richard Strauss and others


Praised by the The New York Times for her “vocal refinement” and “pliant lyricism,” Anne Schwanewilms is renowned across Europe for her rapturous German lieder interpretations. In this much-anticipated New York recital debut, Schwanewilms’s soaring, crystalline voice will resonate throughout Alice Tully Hall in a searing program of works by Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf.


The German soprano Anne Schwanewilms performs to great acclaim at the world’s major opera houses and concert venues. Hailed as one of the foremost interpreters of Richard Strauss, Schwanewilms is renowned for “her unfailing instinct for the finest details of phrasing and timing” (The Guardian, London) and vocal “brilliance, warmth, suppleness and technical mastery” (Österreich).


Schwanewilms’ repertoire of operatic heroines extends beyond those of Strauss to include, among others, Elsa (Lohengrin), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites), Marie (Wozzeck), and Desdemona (Otello).


“A true sound painter” (MusicWeb International, 2012), Anne Schwanewilms is considered one of today’s finest lieder recitalists. Her extensive discography includes DVD recordings of Die Gezeichneten (Salzburg Festival), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Salzburg Festival); Der Rosenkavalier (Staatskapelle Dresden); Dialogues des Carmélites (Hamburgische Staatsoper); solo albums of Strauss (Four Last Songs with the Gürzenich-Orchestra, Markus Stenz) and Wagner (Wesendonck Lieder with the RSO Vienna), and numerous lieder CDs.


 In 2002, Anne Schwanewilms was named Opernwelt’s Singer of the Year. A live recording of Elektra (Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden), with Anne Schwanewilms in the part of Chrysothemis, was nominated for a Grammy award 2014 in the category “Best Opera Recording.”


Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers, from Dame Janet Baker and Frederica von Stade to Simon Keenlyside and Bryn Terfel.  He has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall (a Britten and a Poulenc series and Decade by Decade – 100 years of German Song broadcast by the BBC) and at the Edinburgh Festival (the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf), and he has appeared throughout Europe, North America, and Australia.


Recording projects include albums with Bryn Terfel (Deutsche Grammophon); Simon Keenlyside (EMI); Angela Gheorghiu and Barbara Bonney (Decca), Magdalena Kožená (for DG), and many more, as well as the complete Poulenc songs (Signum); and Britten song cycles and Schubert’s Winterreise with Florian Boesch for (Onyx).


Carolyn Sampson, soprano, Joseph Middleton, piano


May 14, 2017 at 5:00

Works by Purcell (arr. Britten), Schumann, Quilter, Britten, Gounod, Fauré, Strauss, Schubert, Schumann, Poulenc, Hahn, Debussy, Lili Boulanger, and Chabrier


For this Mother’s Day recital, the “ethereal soprano” (The Times, London) Carolyn Sampson offers a bouquet of songs in “an imaginatively planned, beautifully executed recital that charms and touches by turns” (Gramophone).


Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable successes in the UK, throughout Europe and in the U.S. Her schedule includes numerous concert engagements in the UK, Europe, and the United States, performing with a long list of celebrated ensembles and noted conductors.


A consummate recitalist, Carolyn Sampson appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall where a recital of lute songs with Matthew Wadsworth was recorded on the Wigmore Live label and released to huge critical acclaim. She has given regular recitals at the Saintes and Aldeburgh Festivals as well as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. She earned a Grammy nomination for her performance in the title role in Lully’s Psyché at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2008.


Carolyn Sampson’s recent Harmonia Mundi recording of Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Sept Répons de Ténèbres was awarded the Choc de l’Année Classica. Other recent recordings include A French Baroque Diva and Mozart’s Requiem with Bach Collegium Japan. Her many recordings for Hyperion with The King’s Consort include a highly acclaimed CD of Mozart sacred music Exsultate jubilate (BBC Music Magazine’s “Record of the Month” and winner of an ECHO Award). She recorded a highly-acclaimed CD of Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Mass (harmonia mundi) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly (Decca).   Sampson recently released Fleurs, her debut song recital disc, with the pianist Joseph Middleton.   


Pianist Joseph Middleton, “one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder” (BBC Music Magazine), specializes in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music and is highly acclaimed within this field. He performs and records with many of the world’s finest singers in major music centers across Europe and North America.


Middleton made his New York debut in April 2015 on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, accompanying mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly in a recital The New York Times called “superlative... everything a song recital should be.” In addition to other appearances throughout North America, he is a regular guest at festivals across Europe.


Joseph Middleton has a special relationship with the BBC through his work with their New Generation Artists Scheme and has made numerous live broadcasts of solo, chamber and song repertoire for BBC Radio 3, including his own weeklong series of lunchtime concerts. His critically acclaimed discography includes Fleurs with Carolyn Sampson (BIS Records), and numerous recordings for Champs Hill Records.




A long-time Great Performers favorite, the Takács Quartet brings its artistry and intensity to two evenings of chamber works, one featuring the incomparable clarinetist Anthony McGill.


Takács Quartet, Anthony McGill, clarinet


March 9, 2017 at 7:30

Haydn:  String Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No. 2

Ravel: String Quartet in F major

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115


Takács Quartet

April 13, 2017 at 7:30—All Beethoven program

String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6; String Quartet in F major, Op. 135

String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”); String Quartet Op. 18/6

String Quartet Op. 135; String Quartet Op. 59/3


The “irresistible” Takács Quartet (Chicago Tribune) returns to Lincoln Center with two stellar programs.  The first begins with the peerless final quartet by Haydn. The Takács then performs Ravel’s only quartet, an iridescent work full of emotional potency and instrumental color. “Masterful clarinetist” Anthony McGill (Baltimore Sun), principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, joins the quartet for a performance of Brahms’s autumnal Clarinet Quintet. “The Takács might play [Beethoven] better than any other quartet in the past or present,” declares the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the group's second program on Great Performers samples one quartet from each of the master's early, middle and late periods.


Recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet—violinists Edward Dusinberre and Károly Schranz, violist Geraldine Walther, and cellist András Fejér—plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining their four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. For 32 years the ensemble has been in residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


During the 2016-2017 season, the ensemble will perform complete Beethoven quartet cycles at the Wigmore Hall, Princeton, the University of Michigan, and at UC Berkeley, in addition to numerous other concerts around the world featuring Beethoven's quartets. In advance of these cycles, Takács first violinist Edward Dusinberre’s book, Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet, has just been published by Faber and Faber. The book takes the reader inside the life of a string quartet, melding music history and memoir as it explores the circumstances surrounding the composition of Beethoven’s quartets. 
The quartet's award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven cycle on the Decca label. In 2005 the group’s recording of the late Beethoven string quartets won Disc of the Year and Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine, a Gramophone Award, Album of the Year at the Brit Awards, and a Japanese Record Academy Award. Their recordings of the early and middle Beethoven quartets collected a Grammy, another Gramophone Award, a Chamber Music of America Award, and two further awards from the Japanese Recording Academy.


Considered among the top solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians today, Anthony McGill, is now in his second season as principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, having previously been principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal of the Cincinnati


A pre-concert lecture by Christopher H. Gibbs will take place on March 9 at 6:15 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.




David Fung, piano

December 4, 2016 at 11:00

Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor, K.1, Sonata in D minor, K.32, Sonata in D minor, K.34, Sonata in D minor, K.141; Samuel Carl Adams: New work (world premiere);

Mozart: Sonata in F major, K.280; Rachmaninoff: Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10;

Ravel (arr. Fung): La valse, poème chorégraphique


Morgenstern Trio

February 12, 2017 at 11:00

Works by Mendelssohn, Tailleferre, and Lili Boulanger


Harriet Krijgh, cello (New York recital debut)

Magda Amara, piano

March 19, 2017 at 11:00


Paul Galbraith, guitar

April 30, 2017 at 11:00

Works by Albéniz and Granados


Dénes Várjon, piano (Lincoln Center debut)

May 7, 2017 at 11:00


Esther Yoo, violin (New York recital debut)

Robert Koenig, piano

May 21, 2017 at 11:00

Works by Beethoven, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Glazunov


“Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts” have been a popular feature of Lincoln Center's Great Performers series for more than twenty years. With the cozy Walter Reade Theater as its home, the series introduces audiences to emerging talent from around the world, as well as established performers who rarely perform in the New York area. After each hour-long concert, audience members may enjoy refreshments and mingle with the artists at a reception in the Theater’s Furman Gallery.


“There are few young pianists that have the unassuming charisma, charm and natural talent of Fung.” Los Angeles Times


Described as “stylish and articulate” in The New York Times and praised for his “unassuming charisma, charm and natural talent" by the Los Angeles Times, the pianist David Fung performs the world premiere of a work by Samuel Carl Adams, from his on-going Scarlatti Project that juxtaposes works by Scarlatti with newly-commissioned pieces inspired by them, by a range of contemporary composers.


Fung has performed with all of the major orchestras in Australia, as well as with significant ensembles in the U.S., Asia, and Israel. A frequent guest artist of concert series and festivals throughout the world, Fung first garnered international attention as a winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel


Not long after its founding, the Morgenstern Trio—Catherine Klipfel, piano, Stefan Hempel, violin, and Emanuel Wehse, cellist—began to earn top prizes and awards, including the prestigious U.S. Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award. This prize catapulted them onto the international music scene with performances around the world, garnering praise from the media, including this in The Washington Post: “A unanimity, polished technique, and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene.”


The Morgenstern Trio was selected by the ECHO (the European Concert Hall Organization) for its Rising Stars series, granting debut concerts at significant venues in European capitals, and was named "ensemble in residence" at the Folkwang Conservatory, the alma mater of the Trio's members.


In 2014, the trio launched the Morgenstern Festival in Germany, presenting eclectic programs with guest artists. The Morgenstern Trio's debut CD features works by Beethoven and Brahms has captured praise from listeners and critics alike.


The young Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh has performed in many of Europe’s most distinguished venues, and has been featured soloist with major orchestras in Germany and Holland.  In 2015-2016, she performs recitals throughout Europe on the Rising Stars series of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO); in autumn 2015 she was the soloist on tour with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner.


Winner of numerous international competitions and awards, Krijgh is an exclusive recording artist with the Capriccio label. Releases include Haydn’s cello concerti, a CD of French works for cello and piano, Brahms’ cello sonatas and romantic cello works with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz under the conductor Gustavo Gimeno.


Pianist Magda Amara graduated with honors from Gnessin Special School in Moscow, Moscow State Conservatory and its post-graduate department. In 2009, Amara began studying in the post-graduate department of Vienna University of Music. In 2014, she was appointed as professor for piano at the Vienna Music Academy.


She is a winner of 11 Russian national and international competitions, including first prizes at the Jeunesses Musicales and Ennio Porrino piano contests. She has also participated in many prestigious international music festivals, and she has performed in such renowned concert halls as the Moscow Conservatory, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein, and Mozarteum Salzburg. Likewise, she has enjoyed successful collaborations with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, North Netherlands Orchestra, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, and Brno Symphony.  She has collaborated in chamber music performances with leading soloists and artists from Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras, Vienna chamber orchestra, and more.  Additionally, with her permanent Duo partner, cellist Harriet Krijgh, she made a recording of Brahms sonatas (Capriccio label, 2013).


Internationally renowned as an innovator of the classical guitar, Paul Galbraith has devoted his career to expanding the technical limits of his instrument and augmenting the quantity and quality of its repertoire, in addition to developing his highly-praised artistry.


Galbraith's unique playing position was first revealed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989. His guitar is supported by a metal endpin (similar to that of a cello) that rests on a wooden resonance box. The instrument has two extra strings, in addition to those of a normal six-string guitar, one high and one low. Both the guitar's extraordinary design and Galbraith's technique are considered major steps in the evolution of the instrument and its expressive capabilities. His efforts have resulted in a series of critically acclaimed recordings of works by Bach, Haydn, and Brahms, along with his own arrangements of folk tunes from various countries. By exchanging the traditional guitar for the eight-string Brahms Guitar, which he helped develop, Galbraith found the ideal instrument with which to interpret challenging classical transcriptions.


The Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon makes his Lincoln Center debut in May 2017.  He is a regular guest at many prestigious international festivals in Europe and has performed with major orchestras throughout the continent. His performances are praised for his “immaculate technique and deft sense of phrasing” (The Washington Post).  Várjon has a deep commitment to the art of chamber music and partners with artists including Steven Isserlis, Leonidas Kavakos, and the Takács Quartet, among others. He also appears regularly with his wife, the pianist Izabella Simon, performing repertoire for four hands and two pianos.


Várjon has received critical acclaim for his recordings, which include releases on Naxos, Capriccio, Hungaroton, Teldec, Hyperion, and ECM.  His titles include Sándor Veress’s Hommage à Paul Klee (performed with András Schiff, Heinz Holliger, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra), Hommage à Géza Anda, works by Schumann with the cellist Steven Isserlis, and a solo CD with music by Berg, Janácek, and Liszt. Várjon is professor at the Ferenc Liszt University in Budapest where he is recipient of the Liszt and Sándor Veress Awards.


The American-born violinist Esther Yoo makes her New York recital debut performing works by Beethoven, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Glazunov, joined by the pianist Robert Koenig.  A BBC New Generation Artist, Yoo first came to international attention in 2010 when, at the age of 16, she became the youngest prizewinner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition. In 2012, she was also one of the youngest ever prizewinners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.


Yoo maintains an active concert schedule performing with major orchestras around the world. She recently released a recording of the Glazunov and Sibelius concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy (Universal Music).


Pianist Robert Koenig has established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included appearances at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, The Concertgebouw, The Louvre Museum, and Royal Festival Hall.  He performs frequently at international festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Banff, Saratoga, Caramoor, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Koenig has collaborated with Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Augustin Hadelich, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, The Miro String Quartet, and The St. Lawrence String Quartet, among other notable artists.


From 2000-2007, he served as Professor of Piano and Piano Chamber Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence where, with the assistance of the University of Kansas Center for Research, he commissioned renowned American composer Lowell Liebermann to write a new trio for flute, cello and piano. Since 2007, Koenig has been Professor and Head of the Collaborative Piano Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.




Beethoven on Film

Three programs at the Walter Reade Theater


Presented in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Christian Labrande


From rehearsal halls to the Vatican, a collection of rare performance footage and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the 20th century’s greatest Beethoven interpreters.


Program 1: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 6:30—“Emperor” Concerto

Acclaimed cellist Jacqueline du Pré is joined by her husband at the time, the equally legendary Daniel Barenboim, for two preternaturally beautiful Beethoven works, the G-minor Cello Sonata and the “Ghost” Piano Trio (with Pinchas Zukerman). Then Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache, who famously refused to release recordings during his lifetime, leads the “Emperor” Concerto on stage with pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. (93 minutes)


Program 2: Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 1:30—Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6

Two German-born Austrian conductors offer unique—and now immortal—symphonic interpretations. Go behind the scenes at a rehearsal of the “Pastoral” with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Then savor a rare film recording of the “enigmatic reclusive genius” Carlos Kleiber (Guardian, U.K.) conducting the Fifth Symphony with the storied Vienna Philharmonic. (90 minutes)


Program 3: Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:30—Missa solemnis

The illustrious German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch comes to life on the big screen in this epic performance of the Missa solemnis, in this film directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Sung by opera legends before an audience including Pope Paul VI, Beethoven’s Mass reaches ecstatic new heights within the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. (85 minutes)




Now in its third season, “Complimentary Classical” brings a quartet of fresh faces to the David Rubenstein Atrium for this popular series of free concerts. One of the quartets—the New Orford from Canada—will be heard in its New York debut.


Audiences relax in this casual setting where they may purchase drinks and refreshments from ‘wichcraft café to enjoy during the free, hour-long concerts of stimulating repertoire. 



January 12, 2017 at 7:30


New Orford String Quartet (New York debut)

February 9, 2017 at 7:30

R. Murray Schafer: String Quartet No. 1;

Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”)


Minguet Quartett

February 23, 2017 at 7:30

Works by Haydn, Ockeghem, Jörg Widmann, and Mendelssohn


Jasper String Quartet

March 30, 2017 at 7:30

Beethoven: String Quartet from Op. 18; Missy Mazzoli: Death Valley Junction;

Dvorák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major (“American”)


PUBLIQuartet’s innovative programs span the classical canon, contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet. Founded in 2010, PUBLIQuartet was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. In 2015, PQ received the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. The same year, they performed their debut recital at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out house and were featured in Symphony Magazine as “Leaders of the New School” for their “audacious rearranging of beloved masterworks.” PUBLIQuartet (violinists Curtis Stewart and Jannina Norpoth, violist Nick Revel, and cellist Amanda Gookin) released its debut album on CAG Records, featuring world premiere recordings, including collaborative pieces written by the members of the quartet.


Four like-minded musicians formed the New Orford String Quartet in 2009 with a goal of developing a new model for a touring string quartet. The success of their concept—to bring four elite orchestral leaders together on a regular basis over many years to perform chamber music at the highest level—has been recognized by two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year, among other critical acclaim. The members of the quartet (violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, violist Eric Nowlin, and cellist Brian Manker) are the concertmasters and principal chairs of the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies. The quartet is dedicated to promoting Canadian works, both new commissions and neglected repertoire from the previous century. Their New York recital debut is no exception, featuring the work of the eminent Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer alongside Beethoven's delightful "Razumovsky" Quartet.


The Minguet Quartett, founded in 1988, is one of the most internationally sought-after string quartets today. The passionate and intelligent interpretations of the Minguet Quartet have been noted by critics worldwide “for the joy in sound and expression with which the ensemble makes the works speak and enlivens even the smallest detail.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).  The ensemble focuses on both core repertoire and modern music, and has proven its commitment to compositions of the 21st-century through numerous premieres. The Quartet (violinists Ulrich Isfort and Annette Reisinger, violist Aroa Sorin, and cellist Matthias Diener) has recorded the first complete sets of string quartets by Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka, and Jörg Widmann, the latter of which was awarded five stars by FONO FORUM in May 2015. The Minguet has also recorded the complete string quartet literature by Mendelssohn, Suk, and Herzogenberg, and has won the ECHO Klassik award and the Diapason d’Or for their recordings.


Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet (J. Freivogel and Sae Chonabayashi, violins; Sam Quintal, viola, and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello) has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad), and “powerful” (The New York Times).


Based in Philadelphia, the Jaspers are the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The group recently released two highly acclaimed albums for the Sono Luminus label featuring the works of Beethoven, Schubert, and Aaron Jay Kernis, as well as a digital release of Beethoven Op. 131. They have commissioned string quartets from Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli, Conrad Tao, and Annie Gosfield.


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