March 2, Friday
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire, pianist Steven Osborne has won numerous awards and prizes, including the 2009 Gramophone Award. His most recent recording of the complete works of Ravel has been called the best Ravel cycle on CD by Classic FM Magazine, with “inspired performances with Award Winner written all over them (5 Stars).” Osborne performs an all-Ravel program, including Gaspard de la Nuit, at Middlebury.
Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-MIDD (6433).
Gaspard de la nuit
Menuet sur le nom de Haydn
Menuet in C# minor
Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s foremost musicians, 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. He has won numerous awards and prizes including the 2009 Gramophone Award for his recording of Britten’s works for piano and orchestra, as well as first prize at both the Naumburg International Competition (New York) and Clara Haskil Competition.
Concerto performances take Steven Osborne to orchestras all over the world including recent visits to the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Salzburg Mozarteum, Finnish Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Sydney Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. With these orchestras he has enjoyed collaborations with conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ludovic Morlot, 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, Philharmonia and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. His concerts are frequently broadcast by the BBC and he performs every year at the Wigmore Hall. He has made nine appearances at the Proms, most recently in July 2011 when he performed de Falla “Nights in the Gardens of Spain”.
Steven Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted programmes are publically and critically acclaimed. He has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, de Doelen Rotterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Musikhalle Hamburg, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, De Singel, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Kennedy Center Washington and Carnegie Hall. His regular chamber music partners include Alban Gerhardt, Paul Lewis, Dietrich Henschel and Alina Ibragimova.
He begins the 11/12 season with a recital for the International Piano Series at the South Bank Centre. Orchestral highlights include performances with the London Philharmonic/Jurowski (Prokofiev), Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Adam Fischer (Stravinsky), Royal Flemish Philharmonic/de Waart (Britten), Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon/Morlot (Messiaen), Oregon Symphony Orchestra/Kalmar (Britten) and BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Fischer (Ravel). Following his highly acclaimed recording of the complete works of Ravel (Hyperion) he will be touring this programme across two concerts during spring 2012 including performances at the Wigmore Hall and at De Singel.
Steven Osborne has won many awards for his recordings on Hyperion. In addition to the Gramophone Award in 2009 (Britten), his recording of Rachmaninov’s 24 Preludes was short-listed for a 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: “This is outstanding Rachmaninov playing of acute perception, discretion and poetic sensibility, limpid, powerful and luminous in equal measure.” BBC Music Magazine May 09. 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. Other recordings include Debussy’s complete Preludes, solo works by Alkan, Liszt Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, and solo works by Kapustin which was also nominated for a Schallplattenpreis. His latest release, Ravel’s complete music for solo piano, was nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award.
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.
Artist website www.stevenosborne.com
“You could have heard a pin drop. Steven Osborne’s power over the hall was absolute … the atmosphere was spellbound” --Daily Telegraph
"If pianos could purr, then the Wigmore’s Steinway would surely have done so, for Osborne stroked it so affectionately, the strings seemed to ring of their own accord…"--The Independent
"The perfectly-voiced piano ,the venue/acoustic, producer and engineer, and an artist who was born to play Ravel combine to make the best Ravel cycle on disc."--Classic FM Magazine
Concierto de piano de Francisco Álvarez en Mead Chapel el pasado miércoles 6 de Julio.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
With his scrupulous musicianship, purity of style, and sparkling keyboard command, Austrian pianist Till Fellner is in demand at all the major music venues. The Washington Post proclaims that this student of Alfred Brendel "plays Beethoven sonatas like a poet." Fellner's Vermont premiere opens the 91st season of the Performing Arts Series with three masterpieces constituting a perfect distillation of Beethoven's famous "third period": Piano Sonatas no. 30 in E, op. 109; no. 31 in A-flat, op. 110; and no. 32 in C Minor, op. 111.
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109
- Vivace, ma non troppo
- Gesangvoll, mit innigser Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major for Piano, Op. 110
- Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
- Allegro molto
- Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 32 in C minor for Piano, Op. 111
- Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
- Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
Till Fellner, piano
Till Fellner was born in Vienna, where he studied with Helene Sedo-Stadler. Further studies led him to Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.
Mr. Fellner's international career was launched in 1993 when he won First Prize at the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. Since then he has performed as guest artist with many renowned orchestras and at the major music centres of Europe, the United States, and Japan, as well as at prestigious festivals around the world.
He has collaborated with numerous conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph von Dohnányi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Heinz Holliger, Marek Janowski, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leonard Slatkin, Claudius Traunfellner, Franz Welser-Möst, and Hans Zender.
In the fall of 2010 Mr. Fellner concludes his celebrated cycle of Beethoven sonatas, which has taken him to New York, Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Vienna. His recital programme for the new season includes works by Haydn, Schumann, and Liszt, as well as a world premiere of a composition by Kit Armstrong. During the 2010-11 season, Mr. Fellner will place an increasing emphasis on orchestral engagements; he is scheduled to tour South America with the Bamberg Symphony and Jonathan Nott, and Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He will also be appearing as soloist with the Concertgebouw Orkest, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, to name just a few.
Other projects include a European tour with Lisa Batiashvili and Adrian Brendel, with whom he will perform the world premiere of a piano trio by Harrison Birtwistle, as well as lieder recitals of the three Schubert cycles with Mark Padmore.
Till Fellner has numerous recordings to his credit; his most recent release on the ECM label was of the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano, as well as the premiere of „Böse Zellen," a piano concerto by Thomas Larcher with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Dennis Russell Davies.
Artist Website: http://www.tillfellner.com/
"Fellner executes runs of stroboscopic evenness and clarity. The weight dissolves and the architecture dances."--Alex Ross, The New Yorker
"scrupulous musicianship and an intelligence that palpably searches in all directions for stimulus"--Paul Driver, The London Sunday Times
"Till Fellner is turning out to be one of the great musical chameleons."--Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
Friday, January 15, 2010
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano
Young Russian pianist was nominated for BBC Music Magazine’s 2008 Best Instrumental CD of the Year for a “forthright, beautifully weighted” recording of Rachmaninoff works. At Middlebury, he plays Rachmaninoff’s 13 Preludes, op. 32; selections from compatriot Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues; and works by Chopin and Franck. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.
Middlebury College press release available here.
Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6
http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-MIDD (6433).
FRANCK Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op. 18
CHOPIN Ballade No. 4
SHOSTAKOVICH Selections from 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87
No. 2 in A minor
No. 4 in E minor
No. 15 in Db major
RACHMANINOFF Preludes. Op. 32
No. 1 in C major (Allegro vivace)
No. 2 in B flat minor (Allegretto)
No. 3 in E major (Allegro vivace)
No. 4 in E minor (Allegro con brio)
No. 5 in G major (Moderato)
No. 6 in F minor (Allegro appassionato)
No. 7 in F major (Moderato)
No. 8 in A minor (Vivo)
No. 9 in A major (Allegro moderato)
No. 10 in B minor (Lento)
No. 11 in B major (Allegretto)
No. 12 in G sharp minor (Allegro)
No. 13 in D flat major (Grave - Allegro)
Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano
Described by London’s Classic FM Magazine as a “sensationally gifted” musician of “stunning artistry”, Rustem Hayroudinoff graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Lev Naumov, and received his postgraduate degree (DipRAM) at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton.
On hearing his performance, Lazar Berman praised him as ‘a serious artist and master, whose emergence in today’s atmosphere of pseudo-artistic and shallow music-making is specially valuable and welcome.’ His performances have been broadcast on most major classical radio stations, including RTE (Ireland), SBS and ABC (Australia), WFMT-FM (USA), CBC Radio 2 (Canada), Swedish Radio Corporation, NDR (Germany), Television Network of Chicago, Russian National Radio and UK's LBC, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.
Hayroudinoff has recorded for NAMI Records (Japan), Decca and Chandos. His recordings of Shostakovich’s Theatre Music and the Dvořák Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic were greeted with universal acclaim, garnering praise such as “dazzling and… electrically compelling” (Gramophone) and “utterly magical” (Classic FM) and were selected amongst the Best CDs of the Year by BBC Music and the Gramophone magazines respectively. His CD of the Rachmaninoff Complete Preludes was selected by Classic FM Magazine as a part of the ‘four discs essential Rachmaninoff collection’, alongside the recordings by Arthur Rubinstein and André Previn, and the latest recording of the Complete Etudes-Tableaux by Rachmaninoff released in November 2006 became the “Instrumental Choice of the Month” with the BBC Music Magazine.
Rustem Hayroudinoff has performed to great critical acclaim in Japan, his native Russia and Europe. In the UK he has appeared in major concert venues including St. John’s Smith Square, the Barbican, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. His recital in Chicago was televised and simultaneously broadcast live by over 300 radio stations across the United States. In June-July 2009 he will appear at the Salisbury, Lichfield and Chelsea Festivals in the UK as well as perform a recital and give master classes in Dublin. His 2009-2010 concert schedule includes concerto appearances in Europe and recital debuts in Prague and New York.
Amongst the orchestras Hayroudinoff has recently performed with are the Sofia Symphony, the Osaka Century Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony. In January 2007 he made his debut with the London Philharmonic in Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, of which The Independent wrote: “The piano soloist was a sensationally gifted pianist from Russia Rustem Hayroudinoff. What a performance this was, demonstrating the emotional range of this wonderful work, full of mercurial brilliance, impassioned melody and breathtaking virtuosity.” He also appeared in the documentary The Unknown Shostakovich alongside Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev and Maxim Shostakovich.
His latest recording of the Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine “Best Instrumental CD of the Year 2008 Award”, alongside Mitsuko Uchida and Steven Isserlis. It was also selected as the finest available version on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’.
Rustem Hayroudinoff is a Professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
"The piano soloist was a sensationally gifted pianist from Russia Rustem Hayroudinoff. What a performance this was, demonstrating the emotional range of this wonderful work, full of mercurial brilliance, impassioned melody and breathtaking virtuosity.” --The Independent, January 2007
"Rachmaninoff asks everything of his pianist: a steely rhythmic sense, coruscating virtuosity, spiritual depth and introspection. Tartar-born Rustem Hayroudinoff marshals all these qualities. His classically contained but never underpowered approach is likely to have delighted the composer-pianist..." --BBC Radio 3, July 2008
“dazzling and… electrically compelling” --Gramophone
“sensationally gifted” musician of “stunning artistry” --Classic FM Magazine
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Andrew Throdahl, Class of 2009, studied piano with Music Department affiliate artist Diana Fanning, an internationally renowned musician. Throdahl has played the piano for more than a dozen years, and recently gave his senior recital in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. He has a special perspective on playing in Concert Hall, having worked as page-turner for many of the chamber musicians who visit as part of Middlebury’s Performing Arts Series. He has been able to sit at the elbows of some of the greats—and had the best seat in the house to observe their technique. Throdahl is also a classical music reviewer for The Campus, the student newspaper. So while he’s been earning a paycheck turning pages, he’s also had an insider’s eye for evaluating professional artists’ work.
Added Diana Fanning, "Andrew started off his time at Middlebury by winning the College Concerto Competition and playing a Prokofiev Piano Concerto with the College Orchestra. He ended his time at Middlebury performing a Prokofiev Sonata, as well as works by Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and Scriabin, at his Senior Recital. In the meantime, he also won the Chamber Music Competition, studied music composition in Paris, had an internship with an early music ensemble in NYC, was Arts Editor for The Campus, wrote insightful music reviews for The Campus and for the Addison Independent, and played in a benefit concert to help raise money for the Town Hall Theater.