Steven Osborne, piano; 03/02/2012

Steven Osborne, piano
March 2, Friday  
8:00 PM
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. or 802-443-MIDD (6433).

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Pianist Steven Osborne performs Johannes Brahms Rhapsody in B Minor, Op. 79, No. 1 in a March 2005 concert at the Miami International Piano Festival.





Gaspard de la nuit



Menuet sur le nom de Haydn

Maniere Chabrier

Maniere borodin

Serenade Grotesque

Menuet in C# minor

Jeux d’eau


La Valse

Artist Biography

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.

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Press Quotes

“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

Xuefei Yang, guitar; 02/21/2012

Xuefei Yang, guitar

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Ever since her enchanting Valentine’s Day recital in 2008, our patrons have asked when highly regarded Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang would return to Middlebury. Yang, who can turn “sweet, chiming overtones into a wild sound like a hailstorm on a window,” (The Times) treats us to a program of Bach, Regondi, Brouwer, Chopin, and Albeniz’s “Asturias.”

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. or 802-443-MIDD (6433).

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Xuefei Yang plays "Asturias" by Isaac Albéniz.


BACH Violin Sonata BWV 1001 (arr. Xuefei Yang)

ALBENZ Espana, Seis Hojas de Album Op. 165 (arr. Xuefei Yang)

ALBENIZ Asturias, from Suite Espanola Op. 47


REGONDI Air Varie de l'Opera de Bellini, I Capuleti e i Montecchi


CHOPIN Two Valses (arr. Xuefei Yang)



Artist Biography

Beijing-born, UK-based, Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Born following the Cultural Revolution, an era where Western music and instruments were banned, she was the first guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first to launch an international professional career.

Fei’s first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China immediately presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students. She then went on to become the first Chinese student to be awarded a full postgraduate scholarship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music

Fei enjoys a truly international career, performing worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and with leading orchestras.   Her success has led her to be invited to many prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, all Southbank venues, and Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the Philharmonie Berlin, Musikhalle Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Espana, Lincoln Center New York and the Herbst Theatre San Francisco. In Asia she has appeared at the National Concert Hall Taipei, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Esplanade Singapore, Seoul Arts Centre and gave the first guitar recital in Beijing National Center of Performing Arts.

During the 2011/12 season, Fei performs with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, the Hallé Orchestra, China National Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. In recital she performs throughout the US in San Francisco, Weil Recital Hall New York, Calgary, Boston, Las Vegas, Dallas, Fort Worth, Vermont and Toronto. In addition to solo recitals, Fei performs with the Elias String Quartet and gives duo recitals with cellist Jian Wang. She collaborates with tenor Ian Bostridge in a recital at Wigmore Hall, London.

Fei records exclusively for EMI Classics.  Her debut album, ‘Romance de Amor’, won a gold disc in Hong Kong, & her second, ‘40 Degrees North’, was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine.  Her third was a concerto album recorded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eiji Oue, featuring the music of Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez and a new Albeniz Concerto by Stephen Goss commissioned by EMI for Xuefei. Xuefei’s fourth recording, featuring the music of J.S.Bach, will be released by EMI in February 2012.

Fei has also appeared on numerous radio and television programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour, the BBC Proms, a BBC documentary ‘The Story of Guitar’, and China Central Television, who made a biographical documentary on Fei.

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Press Quotes

"Ms. Yang demonstrates her feisty virtuosity, impeccable technique and sensitive musicianship in repertory ranging from Albeniz to arrangements of Western pop and Asian songs ... Yang's guitar sings as if she had grown up in the shaded courtyards of Andalusia."--The New York Times, April 2007

"Selected as one of Classic FM's "100 Best Artists,"--Classic FM, July 2009

"The guitar world has a new star."--Gramophone, July 2008