Forthcoming Concerts

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Master Pianists V: ARCADI VOLODOS, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Please note the change of programme (18 January 2019).

Schubert
Sonata in E, D. 157
Schubert
Moments musicaux, D. 780
Rachmaninov
Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2; Prelude in G-flat, Op. 23 No. 10; Prelude in B-flat minor, Op. 32 No. 10, Romance, Op. 21 No. 7 (arr. Volodos); Serenade, Op. 3 No. 5; Étude-tableaux in C minor, Op. 33 No. 3
Scriabin
Mazurka, Op. 25 No. 3; Caresse dansée, Op. 57 No. 2; Enigme, Op. 52 No. 2; Deux danses, Op. 73
Scriabin
Vers la flamme, Op. 72

Born in St Petersburg in 1972, Arcadi Volodos is amongst the most sought-after pianists of our day. Since making his New York debut in 1996, Volodos has performed throughout the world in recital and with the most eminent orchestras and conductors. Since his Gramophone Award-winning debut recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall, released by Sony Classical in 1999, Arcadi Volodos has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums. These include revelatory interpretations of Schubert sonatas and Rachmaninov solo pieces, and live performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, conducted by James Levine, and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. His Vienna Musikverein recital from 2010 was released on CD and DVD to rapturous international critical acclaim. Volodos Plays Brahms, released in April 2017 –  an album of thirteen piano pieces by Johannes Brahms, including Opus 117 and 118 and a selection of Op. 76 – was immediately considered a landmark on the music scene, and has since been awarded the Edison Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or.

He has worked with, among others, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the New York Philharmonic and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, , Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov and Riccardo Chailly.

Piano recitals have played a central role in Volodos’s artistic life since he began his career. His repertoire includes major works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Ravel together with less often performed pieces by Mompou and de Falla. Volodos is a regular guest of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe and appears regularly in Berlin, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Zurich, Brussels, Munich as well as at the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Festival La Roque d’Anthéron and the Salzburg Festival.

 

Wednesday 8 May 2019, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

Master Pianists VI: PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI

Please note change of programme.

Schumann
Sieben Klavierstücke in Fughettenform, Op.126
Schumann
Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133
Beethoven
Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Piotr Anderszewski is widely regarded as one of the very greatest pianists performing today. In recent seasons he has given recitals at London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw.

Piotr Anderszewski has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics-Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the label was Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes including a Choc du Monde de la Musique and an ECHO Klassik award. He has also recorded a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach’s Partitas 1, 3 and 6 and a critically-acclaimed disc of works by Chopin. His affinity with the music of his compatriot Szymanowski is captured in a highly-praised recording of the composer’s solo piano works, which received the Classic FM Gramophone Award in 2006 for best instrumental disc. His recording devoted to solo works by Robert Schumann received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2011 and two BBC Music Magazine awards in 2012, including Recording of the Year. Anderszewski’s latest disc of Bach’s English Suites Nos. 1, 3 and 5 was released in November 2014, going on to win both a Gramophone award and an ECHO Klassik Award in 2015. 

Recognized for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski has been singled out for several high-profile awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Gilmore Award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent. Recent appearances include a highly regarded performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto in C, K. 503, with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2018 Salzburg Mozart Week, and recordings of this concerto and the Piano Concerto in B-flat, K. 595, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which was named as an ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone magazine.