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Thursday 20 November 2014, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, piano

Bach
English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808
Szymanowski
Métopes, Op. 29
Schumann
Variations in E flat on an Original Theme, WoO 24 (‘Geistervariationen’)
Schumann
Fantasie in C, Op. 17

Student tickets go on sale on Monday 20 October 2014

Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation.

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 Music 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 2014-15 season Anderszewski can be heard in recital at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and New York's Carnegie Hall. His orchestral engagements include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Symphoniker, as well as three appearances in Bamberg as part of a residency with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Additional highlights include a series of recitals with the baritone Matthias Goerne in Vienna, Berlin and London. 

 

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

DANIIL TRIFONOV, piano

Generously sponsored by Sir Ralph Kohn FRS
Bach-Liszt
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor for organ, BWV 542
Beethoven
Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Liszt
Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139

Student tickets go on sale on Monday 6 October 2014

Born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov has already established himself, in the relatively short period since he first came to international prominence in 2011, as one of the finest musical talents to have appeared in the last two decades. His reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received when, during the 2010/11 season, he won medals at three of the most prestigious competitions in the music world: the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (First Prize and Grand Prix). Recent highlights for Trifonov have included debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (tour and subscription concerts in Vienna), London Symphony Orchestra and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta, and Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev. The audience responses and reviews he has received throughout the season have consistently marked him out as one of the outstanding talents of today.

Trifonov’s upcoming recitals include Washington Kennedy Center, New York Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), Boston Celebrity Series, Berlin Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Munich Herkulessaal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw (main auditorium), London Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Paris Auditorium du Louvre, Zurich Tonhalle and Lucerne Piano Festival, Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, Schloss Elmau, Seoul Arts Center and many others.

 

 

Thursday 23 October 2014, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

CHRISTIANE KARG, soprano, and MALCOLM MARTINEAU, piano

Robert Schumann
‘Widmung’, from Myrthen, Op. 25, no. 1
Clara Schumann
‘Er ist gekommen’, Op. 12, no. 2
Clara Schumann
‘Liebeszauber’, Op. 13, no. 3
Clara Schumann
‘Sie liebten sich beide’, Op. 13, no. 2
Clara Schumann
‘Liebest du um Schönheit’, Op. 12, no. 4
Robert Schumann
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
Robert Schumann
‘Die Löwenbraut’, Op. 31, no. 1
Johannes Brahms
‘Von ewiger Liebe’, Op. 43, no. 1
Johannes Brahms
‘Auf dem See’, Op. 59, no. 2
Johannes Brahms
‘Meine Liebe ist grün’, Op. 63, no. 5
Johannes Brahms
‘O kühler Wald’, Op. 72, no. 3
Johannes Brahms
‘Lerchengesang’, Op.70, no. 2
Johannes Brahms
‘Wir wandelten’, Op. 96, no. 2
Johannes Brahms
‘Feldeinsamkeit’, Op. 86, no. 2
Johannes Brahms
‘Mondnacht’, WoO. 21

Christiane Karg is widely recognised as one of the most gifted and exciting sopranos appearing in opera houses and concert halls today.  Born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria, she studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Heiner Hopfner and Wolfgang Holzmair, where she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal, and at the Music Conservatory in Verona.  In 2009 she was named Young Performer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine, and the following year was awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik prize for her first Lied CD, ‘Verwandlung – Lieder eines Jahres’, accompanied by Burkhard Kehring. 

In 2006 she made an auspicious debut at the Salzburg Festival and has returned to sing Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice with Riccardo Muti and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. She is a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien where she has sung Ismene in Mitridate, Telaire in Castor and Pollux and Hero in Béatrice et Benedict

In concert, Christiane Karg has recently appeared with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien, Daniel Harding and the Dresden Staatskapelle on tour in the USA (Brahms Requiem), Mariss Jansons in Tokyo with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra (Beethoven Ninth Symphony), and Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival (Brahms Requiem).

Recognised as one of the world’s leading pianists specialising in lieder, Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, and others.

He has appeared throughout Europe (including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; and his recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon); Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (for EMI); the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion; the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for Deutsche Grammophon; the complete Poulenc songs for Signum; and Britten Song Cycles as well as Schubert’s Winterreise with Florian Boesch for Onyx.

 

Friday 23 May 2014, 7:00pm
Old Divinity School Recital Hall, St John's College

LAWRENCE ZAZZO, countertenor, & SIMON LEPPER, piano

Purcell-Britten
Lord, what is Man?, We sing to Him, Job’s Curse, Evening Hymn
Mussorgsky
The leaves rustled sadly, Tsar’ Saul, Softly the Spirit flew up to Heaven, The Seminarist
Poulenc
Chansons gaillardes,
Iain Bell
These motley fools, (world première*)
Poulenc
William Bolcom (excerpts)

Romanticism and realism intertwine in many of the works in Lawrence Zazzo’s recital. The American countertenor moves from Britten’s realisations of songs from Purcell’s Harmonia Sacra to works by Musorgsky, including settings of Tsar’ Saul, based on Byron, and The Seminarist, a comic portrait of a would-be priest preoccupied with thoughts of his mentor’s daughter.

The American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is one of the most outstanding singers of his generation. A native of Philadelphia and a graduate in both English and Music from Yale University and King’s College, Cambridge, Lawrence made his operatic debut as Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream to great acclaim while completing his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music, London.

He has since appeared in many of the world’s finest opera houses and concert halls.  His opera roles include the title role in Giulio Cesare(Metropolitan Opera New York, Paris, London, Brussels, Seville, Bilbao),  the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo (Toronto, Oslo, Netherlands), Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rome, Lyon, Toronto), FarnaceMitridate (Munich), the title role in Radamisto (English National Opera), Arsamene Serse (Theatre des Champs-Elysees, English National Opera), Goffredo Rinaldo (Berlin Staatsoper, Zurich, Opéra de Montpellier); Ottone Agrippina (Brussels, Frankfurt, Theatre des Champs-Elysees), Endimione La Calisto (Munich, Brussels, Paris), Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea (Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Vienna), Ruggiero in Orlando Furioso (Frankfurt), and the title roles in Handel’sSosarme (Sao Carlos, Lisbon) and Alessandro (Karlsruhe).

Simon Lepper was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

As a student, Simon won several awards for piano accompaniment including the Gerald Moore Award, the Geoffrey Parsons Award as well as the accompanist prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier, Maggie Teyte, Richard Tauber and Royal Overseas League competitions.

*Commissioned by Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation

Saturday 8 March 2014, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

ARTEMIS QUARTET

Vineta Sareika - violin
Gregor Sigl - violin
Friedemann Weigle - viola
Eckart Runge – violoncello

Brahms
Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1
Bartók
Quartet No. 3, SZ 85
Beethoven
Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, and is recognised today as one of the foremost quartets in the world. Their mentors include Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet and the Emerson Quartet.

Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999, the quartet has performed in all the great music centres and at international festivals in Europe, the USA, Japan, South America and Australia. In July 2007, the ensemble welcomed new members Gregor Sigl and Friedemann Weigle; in August 2012, the Latvian violinist Vineta Sareika took up the post of 1st violin. In 2003, the Beethoven-Haus Society awarded the Artemis Quartet an honorary membership in recognition of its interpretations of Beethoven's works. Film director Bruno Monsaingeon created an impressive portrait of the musicians and their performance of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge op. 133 in his 2001 film 'Strings Attached'.

The Artemis Quartet has had an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics since 2005; they can boast of an extensive discography. Their recordings have been recognized with the prestigious 'Gramophone Award' as well as the 'Diapason d'Or' and the ECHO-Klassik (twice).

Saturday 15 February 2014, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne
Bach
Overture in the French Style, BWV 831
Beethoven
Bagatelles, Op. 126
Janácek
On an Overgrown Path, 1900-12
Beethoven
Sonata No. 31 in A Flat, Op. 110

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, the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg and Munich's Herkulessaal. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston, 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.

In the 2013-14 season Anderszewski will appear with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, the Orchestre de Paris, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and Philharmonia Orchestra. He will also tour Scotland and Europe with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, playing and directing from the keyboard. His recital engagements include appearances at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Berlin Schiller Theater. He will also partner violinist Nikolaj Znaider in recitals, as well as appearing with his regular chamber partners the Belcea Quartet.

Tuesday 28 January 2014, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

ENSEMBLE VILLA MUSICA, led by BORIS GARLITSKY

Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra
Gál
Preludio and Canzone, Op. 35
Tchaikovsky
Sextet in D minor ‘Souvenir de Florence’, Op. 70
Mendelssohn
String Octet in E-flat, Op. 20

The Ensemble Villa Musica (EVM) is a chamber group that has garnered much praise for its spirited performances in varied repertory since its founding in 1990. The number of players in the ensemble can vary according to the work performed, typically expanding from a duo to a quintet or all the way to a nonet, though the number of ensemble members is nearly 20 and can thus accommodate larger works. The group's repertory is broad, encompassing compositions by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Hindemith, Martinu, as well as contemporary composers such as Penderecki and Hans Werner Henze. The ensemble has recorded for the German label MDG and for Naxos.

Ensemble Villa Musica was founded in 1990 when a group of principal players from several of Germany's major orchestras assembled for master classes in Mainz under the state-sponsored Villa Musica foundation. The players decided to form the group with no limitations in repertory, but with a focus on neglected masterworks of the past. Most of the members retained their posts in orchestras and/or on the faculties of universities or music schools.

Boris Garlitsky

Described by the conductor Kurt Masur as a 'musician of high intelligence and flexibility, with a wonderfully rounded tone', Boris Garlitsky has achieved international eminence as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. His solo career began in 1982 when he won the Italian Paganini Competition. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and in chamber music with a series of internationally eminent musicians, including Martha Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pinchas Zukerman, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Truls Mork, Maria-João Pires, and others.

Boris Garlitsky is an active participant in several international music festivals, including the Pablo Casals Festival in France, Mostly Mozart in New York, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Gidon Kremer’s Chamber Music Festival at Lockenhaus in Austria. He has recorded for RCA, Naxos, Chandos and Polymnie. He took part in the inaugural Camerata Musica season of 2006/7.