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Saturday 19 November 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

IGOR LEVIT, piano

Generously sponsored by Sir Ralph Kohn & the Kohn Foundation
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 28 October 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

CAMERATA RCO: MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA AMSTERDAM

Marc Daniel van Biemen, violin

Annebeth Webb, violin

Jeroen Woudstra, viola

Vilém Kijonka, viola

Johan van Iersel, cello

Nuala McKenna, cello

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.

 

Friday 21 October 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr Jörg 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.

 

Saturday 27 February 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity College Chapel Cambridge

THE DUNEDIN CONSORT, directed by JOHN BUTT Sophie Bevan, soprano Ÿ Cecilia Bernardini, violin Pamela Thorby, recorder

Please note this concert takes place in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Bach
Cantata ‘Falsche Welt’, BWV 52
Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049
Handel
Cantata ‘Alpestre Monte’, HWV 81
Handel
Concerto Grosso in B-flat, Op. 3 No. 2
Handel
Gloria, HWV deest

Dunedin Consort takes its name from Edinburgh’s castle (Din Eidyn) and, like the famous landmark, has great cultural significance in Scotland’s capital city and beyond. Founded by Susan Hamilton and Ben Parry, the Dunedin Consort, under the musical direction of John Butt, has consolidated its existing strength in the Baroque repertoire, winning the 2008 Midem Baroque Award and the 2007 Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Vocal Album (for its recording of the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah).

John Butts conducting engagements with the Dunedin Consort (2003 –) have included major Baroque repertory and several new commissions. He has been guest conductor with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, The Irish Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Royal Academy of Music Bach Cantata series, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. John Butt also continues to be active as a solo organist and harpsichordist. Eleven recordings on organ, harpsichord and clavichord have been released by Harmonia Mundi. 

 

 

Tuesday 16 February 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

CHRISTOPH KONCZ, violin, and ALEKSANDAR MADZAR, piano

Mozart
Sonata in B-flat, K. 454
Beethoven
Sonata in F, Op. 24 'Spring Sonata'
Richard Strauss
Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18

The Austrian-Hungarian violinist Christoph Koncz made his North American debut with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit at age 12, followed by appearances on tour and in concert with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gábor Tákacs-Nagy and the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields. His concert activities have led him to numerous countries in Europe and to the Middle East, to Asia and Australia, as well as North and South America. In January 2016, he performs the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K. 364 with Les Musiciens du Louvre, under Marc Minkowski, as part of the Salzburg Mozart Week. He performs frequently with his older brother, cellist Stephan Koncz. Further musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Kim Kashkashian (viola), Gautier Capuçon, Gary Hoffman (cello), Franco Petracchi (double bass) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano). In 1997, Christoph Koncz played a leading role in the Canadian production of "The Red Violin", which won an Academy Award for Best Score. Christoph Koncz performs on a 1762 Giuseppe Gagliano.

Born in Belgrade in 1968, Aleksandar Madzar first studied piano with Gordana Matinovic, Arbo Valdma and Eliso Virsaladze in Belgrade and Moscow, then with Edouard Mirzoian at the Strasbourg Conservatory and in Brussels with Daniel Blumenthal. In Europe he regularly gives recitals in London’s Wigmore, Milan’s Conservatorio Giuspeppe Verdi, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw halls whilst maintaining close duo partnerships with violinist Ilya Gringolts, and soprano Juliana Banse. He is a regular guest artist at the festivals of Bad Kissingen, Schleswig Holstein, the Ivo Pogorelich Festival at Bad Wörishofen, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Davos, Roque d’Antheron, Salzburg, Sintra and Aldeburgh. A regular concerto soloist, he has worked with conductors of the calibre of Paavo Berglund, Ivan Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Carlos Kalmar, Libor Pešek, André Previn, Andris Nelsons and the late Marcello Viotti.

 

 

Thursday 28 January 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

JUILLIARD QUARTET

Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra

Joseph Lin, violin

Ronald Copes, violin

Roger Tapping, viola

Joel Krosnick, cello

Mozart
Quartet in C major, KV 465, 'Dissonance Quartet'
Debussy
Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Beethoven
Quartet in F major, Op. 135

The Juilliard String Quartet is one of the most celebrated of all chamber music ensembles. Founded in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartok quartets in the United States, and its performances of Schoenberg’s quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet literature. The Quartet’s recordings of the Bartok and Schoenberg Quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven won Grammy Awards, and in 2011 the Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2014 Sony Classical reissued the Quartet’s landmark recordings of the first four Elliott Carter String Quartets together with the recently recorded Carter Quartet No. 5, making a complete historical document.

For nearly seven decades, the Quartet has made manifest the credo of its founders to ‘play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new’. The Quartet’s diverse repertoire for the current season includes works by Haydn, Webern, Martinu, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Elgar, as well as Schubert’s 'Death and the Maiden' and Shulamit Ran’s Quartet no. 2, 'Vistas'. Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour. At the Juilliard School, where they are the String Quartet in Residence, all are sought-after members of the string and chamber music faculty. 

 

 

Friday 22 January 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS, cello, and ALEXANDER MELNIKOV, piano

Bach
Suite in G for solo cello, BWV 1007
Beethoven
Sonata in A, Op. 69
Rachmaninov
Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

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 Freiburg Baroque. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York in March 2004 and his BBC Proms debut - to unanimous acclaim - in 2008.

Alexander Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and his career was much influenced by an early encounter with Sviatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. As a soloist, Melnikov has performed with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra, among others, and under conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Charles Dutoit, and Valery Gergiev.  His recording of the complete Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich was named by the BBC Music Magazine as one of the '50 Greatest Recordings of All Time'.  His superlative recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was a Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' for 2015.