Steven Osborne, piano; 02/11/2015
Steven Osborne, piano
February 11, Wednesday
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Recently recognized as Instrumentalist of the Year by both the Royal Philharmonic Society and Gramophone magazine, Steven Osborne is renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire from the mainstream classical works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms to the rarefied worlds of Messiaen, Tippett, and Britten. His much-anticipated return to Middlebury features a performance of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating.
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Photo Benjamin Ealovega
Dinner and Conversation with Friends
February 11, Wednesday
6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby
The pre-performance dinner is back by popular demand! Before settling into the Concert Hall for an evening of piano music by Steven Osborne, join fellow concertgoers for a meal and a creative conversation about the arts in our community. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner. Tickets: $25. Go to the online box office>>
SCHUBERT Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946 (Three Piano Pieces) (1828)
No. 1 in E-flat minor
No. 2 in E-flat major
No. 3 in C major
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no. 28 in A Major, op.101 (1816)
Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung. Allegretto ma non troppo
Lebhaft, marschmäßig. Vivace alla marcia
Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit. Allegro
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no. 29 in B-flat Major, op. 106 “Hammerklavier” (1818)
Scherzo: Assai vivace
Introduzione: Largo...Prestissimo - Fuga: Allegro risoluto
Steven Osborne, piano
Steven Osborne’s standing as one of the great pianists of his generation was
publically affirmed in 2013 with two major awards: The Royal Philharmonic
Society Instrumentalist of the Year and his second Gramophone Award, this
time in the Instrumental category for his recording of Mussorgsky Pictures at an
Exhibition and solo works by Prokofiev. Previous awards include a 2009
Gramophone Award for his recording of Britten’s works for piano and
Concerto performances take Steven Osborne to orchestras all over the world
including recent visits to the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Deutsches
Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Vienna Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum, Oslo
Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Danish National Radio, National
Orchestra of Spain, Sydney Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and Mostly
Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has enjoyed collaborations with
conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir
Ashkenazy, Stéphane Denève, Ludovic Morlot, Juanjo Mena, Leif Segerstam,
Andrew Litton, Ingo Metzmacher, Vladimir Jurowski and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
In the UK he works regularly with the major orchestras, especially with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras. He is currently performing the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony partnered with Andrew Manze and hasmade eleven appearances at the Proms.
Steven Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted programmes are publicly and critically acclaimed without exception. During the 13/14 season he held a residency at Wigmore Hall entitled “Spotlight on Steven Osborne” with a series of five concerts which included repertoire ranging from Beethoven, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev to Tippett. He has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, de Doelen Rotterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, De Singel, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Kennedy Center Washington, Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. His regular chamber music partners include Alban Gerhardt, Paul Lewis, Dietrich Henschel and Alina Ibragimova.
During 14/15 he gives a series of concerts “Focus on Steven Osborne” at De Singel in Antwerp, Belgium. In addition to performances with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (Beethoven) he will give two solo recitals, a lecture recital and a recital with duo partner Alban Gerhardt. Elsewhere he performs with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/Oramo (Brahms), Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony/Brabbins (Britten), tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (Mozart) and returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center (Mozart). Recital tours take him to Italy, Belgium (Messiaen’s complete Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus) and North America including Vancouver, Spivey Hall and Lincoln Center.
Steven Osborne has won many awards for his 22 recordings on Hyperion. In addition to the two Gramophone Awards (2009 & 2013), his recording of Rachmaninov’s 24 Preludes was short-listed for a 2009 Gramophone Award and won a Schallplattenpreis whilst being chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, International Record Review, Musical Opinion and The Daily Telegraph. His double CD of works by Tippett was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award and his CD of Messiaen’s complete Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus was also nominated for both a Gramophone Award and a Schallplattenpreis in Germany. His double CD of Ravel’s complete music for solo piano was shortlisted for a 2011 Gramophone Award. Other recordings include solo works by Debussy, Alkan, Liszt, Kapustin and Messiaen Turangalila with the Bergen Philharmonic conducted by Juanjo Mena.
Born in Scotland in 1971, Steven Osborne studied with Richard Beauchamp at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh and Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
“Some pianists attempt to cushion the impact of the Hammerklavier, to civilise it, to put some distance between their performance and the white heat of its invention. Osborne didn't. The way he plunged into the opening movement could have been reckless…but the resulting edge-of-the-seat excitement was worth all the risks. Nothing was to be sensationalised, as Osborne's searching performance of the slow movement showed, and when the sense of pushing to extremes inevitably returned for the final fugue, with its teetering textures, starbursts of trills and cataclysmic chords, the whole sonata came together in an uncompromisingly radical way.”—The Guardian, 03/07/14
“Steven Osborne is one of the unsung heroes of British pianism.”—The Independent, 10/08/12
“Osborne's Beethoven is big-boned and exciting, finely compounded of muscularity and poetry…The sonatas were startlingly vivid…”—The Guardian, 02/10/13
“Steven Osborne’s performances up and down the country have confirmed his pre-eminence among British pianists. His un-showy brilliance, integrity, and very wide repertoire have long marked him out, but what now emerges most strongly is the unique magic of his sound combined with a profound musical intelligence”—RPS Instrumentalist of the Year, May 2013