Paul Lewis, piano
Friday, April 4, 2014
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Paul Lewis, piano
Over the last decade, Middlebury audiences have been treated to an in-depth study of Beethoven and Schubert piano sonatas at the brilliant hands of pianist Paul Lewis. Lewis returns this spring with a fresh program of beloved piano works, including two Bach-Busoni chorales, Beethoven’s “Moonlight” sonata, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. “Scarcely more than ten years ago, a little known Englishman called Paul Lewis made us sit up and listen to Schubert as never before. Now the pianist is a hot ticket wherever he goes”—Times of London. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Performing Arts Series Society.
Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception
Friday, April 4, 2014
6:30 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby
This is a festive evening for members to gather and celebrate the second year of PASS, preview performances from the 2014–15 season, and vote on which performance to support. Membership information: 802.443.PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass
BACH (arr: Busoni): Chorale Prelude Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV659
BEETHOVEN Sonata No.13 in E-flat Major, Op.27, No.1, 'quasi una fantasia'
BACH (arr: Busoni): Chorale Prelude Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp Minor, Op.27, No.2, 'Moonlight'
LISZT Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort, S.203
LISZT Unstern: sinistre, disastro, S.208
LISZT R.W.--Venezia, S.201
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
Paul Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation with a busy international schedule of solo recitals, concerti engagements and chamber music appearances at the world’s most prestigious concert venues and festivals. Following on from the international success of his complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle, both in concert and recorded for Harmonia Mundi, the 2012/13 season will see the completion of Paul Lewis’ two and half year project “Schubert and the piano: 1822-1828” which has seen him perform all of Schubert’s mature piano works from the last six years of his life. This series is being presented in New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Bologna, Florence, Schwarzenberg, London, Southampton, Oxford, Liverpool, Bristol, and Perth. Such has been the success of this series that he is now scheduled to perform the final program, featuring Schubert’s last three piano sonatas, over 45 times this season alone, for presenters all over the world.
He has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniel Harding, Sir Andrew Davis, Andris Nelsons, Pablo Heras-Casado, Emmanuel Krivine, Stephane Deneve and Armin Jordan, with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, LA Philharmonic, The Phiharmonia (London), Hallé Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, and tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
His recital career takes him regularly to venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, both Alice Tully Hall and the Tisch Center (92nd Street Y) New York, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Toppan Hall and Oji Hall Tokyo, Orchestra Hall Chicago, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Palau de Musica Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Chan Center Vancouver, and London’s Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall where he has appeared over 60 times alone.. This season sees him make debut recitals in Boston, Toronto, Denver, Stockholm, and Washington.
Paul Lewis’ worldwide festival appearances include the Lucerne Piano Festival, the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and White Light Festival in New York, Tanglewood Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, Cheltenham International Festival, Roque d’Antheron Piano Festival in France, Rheingau Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, and London’s BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first pianist to perform a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in one season.
His extensive award winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concerti and the Diabelli Variations, Liszt’s Sonata in B minor and other works, 4 albums of Schubert sonatas and other works, and the 3 Schubert song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore. He has also recorded Mozart’s Piano Quartets, Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and a Schubert duet disc with pianist Steven Osborne for Hyperion Records. Future recording plans for Harmonia Mundi include 2 Mozart concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, and solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky.
Paul Lewis studied with Ryszard Bakst at Chethams School of Music and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. His many awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, the South Bank Show Classical Music Award, the Diapason d’or de l’annee, two successive Edison awards, the 25th Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, the “Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”, a Limelight Award in Australia, and three Gramophone awards, including Record of the Year in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Southampton.
Along with his wife the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.
“Lewis’ deep insights into the emotional complications of this music were matched by his firm grasp of classical structure and the ways in which Schubert’s lyrical gift illuminates that structure.This was Schubert playing of a very high order.”--Chicago Tribune
"There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings."--Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
"One of the most highly prized recording marathons of recent years.... An unmissable benchmark."--Gramophone