Forthcoming Concerts

Friday 21 October 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr Jorg Mohaupt
Messiaen
Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus (1941)

Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career.

He performs throughout the world each season with major orchestras under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Eötvös, Sir Simon Rattle and Riccardo Chailly. He has been invited to create, direct and perform in a number of residencies, with projects at Carnegie Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Vienna's Konzerthaus, Berlin's Philharmonie, the Lucerne Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Tanglewood Festival and London's Southbank Centre. Aimard is also the Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.

Born in Lyon in 1957, Pierre-Laurent Aimard studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio. Early career landmarks included winning first prize in the 1973 Messiaen Competition at the age of 16 and being appointed, three years later, by Pierre Boulez to become the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain's first solo pianist. Aimard has had close collaborations with many leading composers including Kurtag, Stockhausen, Carter, and Boulez had a long association with Ligeti, recording his complete works for piano. During the 2008/2009 season Aimard was an Associate Professor at the College de France, Paris, and he is a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste. He was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award in spring 2005 and was named ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ by Musical America in 2007.

Pierre-Laurent has made many highly successful recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. His first DG release, Bach’s Art of Fugue, received both the Diapason d'Or and Choc du Monde de la Musique awards, and topped the iTunes’ classical album download chart. In recent years Pierre-Laurent has been honoured with ECHO Klassik Awards, most recently in 2009 for his recording of solo piano pieces, Hommage à Messiaen, a Grammy award in 2005 for his recording of Ives’ Concord Sonata and Songs and he was also presented with Germany’s Schallplattenkritik Honorary Prize in 2009. His recording of Bach’s Das wohlteperierte Klavier Book I was released in 2014.

 

Friday 28 October 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

CAMERATA RCO: MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA AMSTERDAM

Schoenberg
Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (Original String Sextet Version, 1899)
Brahms
String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18

The chamber ensemble of one of the world’s greatest orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Camerata RCO has established a reputation as one of the most original and exciting musical groups to have emerged in Europe over the last decade. The ensemble performs regularly in the Netherlands — in its Amsterdam home, the Concertgebouw, and other cities — and abroad, having given highly acclaimed concerts in New York, Madrid, Rome, Vienna, Tokyo and other major capitals.

Its impressive discography for the Gutman label includes recordings of composers ranging from Corelli to Ravel. Camerata RCO’s 2014 recording of a chamber arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 was issued to universal critical acclaim, and a recording of the chamber version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 is also planned for 2016.

 

Saturday 19 November 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

IGOR LEVIT, piano

Bach
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Lauded for his rare technical sophistication, refinement of tone and keen programmatic explorations, Igor Levit continues to make his mark on the classical music world as ‘one of the most probing, intelligent and accomplished artists of the new generation’ (The New York Times) and as a true artist ‘authentic in the most profound meaning of the word’ (London’s Sunday Times). The Los Angeles Times proclaimed in Spring 2015: ‘He is the future’.

The 2016 season introduces Igor Levit’s work on three of the piano literature’s paramount cyclical works – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Frederic Rzewski’s variation cycle The People United Will Never Be Defeated. Igor Levit performed all three variation cycles at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper in September 2015 before presenting the Goldberg Variations in New York’s Park Avenue Armory in collaboration with Marina Abramovic, Diabelli in London’s Wigmore Hall and Rzewski’s The People in Hamburg In October 2015, Sony Classical released Igor Levit’s third solo album for the label featuring all three variation works in cooperation with the Festival Heidelberger Frühling. The season marks the finale of his Beethoven Sonata cycle at the Schubertiade spanning over three years and will see him perform all Beethoven sonatas at Tonhalle Düsseldorf. Further solo recitals will bring Igor Levit to the Lucerne Festival, the Musikverein Vienna, Bilbao’s Philharmonic Society and to the US in a multi-city recital tour.

The season marks Igor Levit’s debuts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Kirill Petrenko), National Symphony Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich (Bernhard Haitink) and NDR Sinfonieorchester (Thomas Hengelbrock). Return engagements reunite him with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Sir Roger Norrington), Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin (Osmo Vänskä) and the Royal Scottish National Symphony (Thomas Søndergård). In Spring 2016 he will make his debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (Jörg Widman) both in Ireland and at the Festival Heidelberger Frühling – a collaboration that will extend into 2017 featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and three Mozart concerti. Igor Levit continues his close relationship with the Heidelberger Frühling as the Artistic Director of the Festival’s Chamber Music Academy.

 

Friday 2 December 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

MATTHIAS GOERNE, baritone, & ALEXANDER SCHMALCZ, piano

Berg
Vier Gesänge, Op. 2
Schubert
Schwanengesang, D. 957

Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at the world’s renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras on every continent. Conductors of the first rank as well as eminent pianists are among his musical partners. Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA award, and only recently the Diapason d’or arte. After his legendary recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alfred Brendel for Universal Music, he has recently recorded a series of selected Schubert songs on 11 CDs for Harmonia Mundi (The Goerne Schubert Edition) with pianists including Christoph Eschenbach and Elisabeth Leonskaja.

Alexander Schmalcz is one of Germany’s finest pianists working in the field of Lieder. He collaborates with singers of the distinction of Edita Gruber, Grace Bumbry, Anna Tomova-Sintow, Peter Schreier, Matthias Goerne, Inessa Galante, Eva Mei, Renée Morloc, and Stephan Loges. His chamber music partners include the oboist Albrecht Mayer and the clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy, and the actor Hans-Jürgen Schatz. Alexander Schmalcz has an extensive discography, among the most noteworthy of which is his recording of Schubert songs with Matthias Goerne, issued by Harmonia Mundi in 2011.

 

Thursday 9 February 2017, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra
Programme to include works by Bach and Schumann

Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. 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 Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw. He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. 

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. 

Recognised 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. He has also been the subject of two award-winning documentaries by the film maker Bruno Monsaingeon for ARTE. The first of these,Piotr Anderszewski plays the Diabelli Variations (2001) explores Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's opus 120, whilst the second, Piotr Anderszewski, Unquiet Traveller (2008) is an unusual artist portrait, capturing Anderszewski's reflections on music, performance and his Polish-Hungarian roots. A third film by Monsaingeon, Anderszewski Plays Schumann was made for Polish Television and first broadcast in 2010. 

In the 2015-16 season Anderszewski will appear with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as performing in Austria and Switzerland with the Camerata Salzburg and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. His recital appearances will include the Lucerne Festival at the Piano, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt and London’s Wigmore Hall. 

 

Thursday 2 March 2017, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

CUARTETO CASALS

Generously sponsored by Mr Fred Shahrabani
Beethoven
Quartet in G, Op. 18 No. 2
Bartök
Quartet No. 3, Sz 85
Mendelssohn
Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

‘A quartet for the new millennium if I ever heard one’, wrote a reviewer for Strad Magazine on hearing Cuarteto Casals for the first time, shortly after its inception in 1997 at the Escuela Reina Sofía in Madrid. Since its debut, Cuarteto Casals has been a repeated guest at the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Cologne, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonie in Berlin, among many others throughout Europe, North America and Japan.

The quartet has compiled a substantial discography with the Harmonia Mundi label, including to date eleven CDs, with repertoire ranging from lesser known Spanish composers Arriaga and Toldrá to Viennese classics Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Brahms, through to 20th Century greats Bartók, Kurtag and Ligeti. Since 2015 the quartet has been recording its first Beethoven CDs and has released a five-DVD set of the compelete Schubert quartets, recorded live at L’Auditori in Barcelona in 2013.

It has ‘a sonic signature entirely its own,’ enthused the New York Times, describing Cuarteto Casals’ distinctive range of expression. In recognition of Cuarteto Casals’ unique position as the first Spanish string quartet with a truly international profile, the quartet has been honoured with the Premio Nacional de Música as well as the Premi Ciutat Barcelona. The quartet has accompanied the King of Spain on diplomatic visits and often performed on the peerless collection of decorated Stradivarius instruments in the Royal Palace in Madrid. Cuarteto Casals often appears on television and radio throughout Europe and North America and is Quartet in Residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne, and at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, where all four members reside.

 

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

BELCEA QUARTET & JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS, cello

Corina Belcea (violin)

Axel Schacher (violin)

Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola)

Antoine Lederlin (cello)

Schubert
Quartet in D minor, D. 810 'Death and the Maiden'
Schubert
Quintet in C, D. 956

The Belcea Quartet performs regularly to great acclaim in concert halls across the world: among them the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Carnegie Hall in New York. The Quartet also appears regularly at the Salzburg, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals as well as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. The quartet’s regular partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Martin Fröst, Valentin Erben, Ian Bostridge and Matthias Goerne. The Belcea Quartet has shared a residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Artemis Quartet since 2010.

The Belcea Quartet has an impressive discography. During its long-term association with EMI Classics, the quartet recorded the complete Britten and Bartók quartets as well as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux, amongst others. In 2012 and 2013, the quartet recorded the complete Beethoven quartets live in the Benjamin Britten Studio in Snape, England. This recording was released under ZigZag Territoires, the quartet’s new label. As with its predecessors, this CD has been met with critical acclaim: it has been recognized with such prizes as the ECHO Klassik Award, among many others.

Jean-Guihen Queyras is one of the finest cellists performing today. His recordings of the complete Suites for solo cello by Bach are widely regarded as the best since Pablo Casals's recordings in the 1930s. As a soloist, he has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, among others, and he and is a regular soloist with several early music ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York in March 2004 and his BBC Proms debut - to unanimous acclaim - in 2008.