THE 2021 SEASON IN SAN FRANCISCO

MISCHA MAISKY, cello *

Sun, Feb. 14, 2021 at 3 pm

PACIFICA QUARTET

Mon, Feb.22, 2021 at 8 pm

ZIVIAN-TOMKINS DUO

Mon, March 1, 2021 at 8 pm

QUATUOR AROD

Sun, March 7, 2021 at 3 pm

MAYUKO KAMIO, violin

Mon, March 15, 2021 at 8 pm

ANGELA HEWITT, piano

Sat, March 20, 2021 at 8 pm

ALISA WEILERSTEIN, cello
with the Trondheim Soloists

Wed, April 7, 2021 at 8 pm

ARIS QUARTETT

Sun, April 11, 2021 at 3 pm
VADIM REPIN, violin Sun, April 25, 2021 at 3 pm

NIKOLAY KHOZYAINOV, piano

Sun, May 2, 2021 at 3 pm

SARAH CHANG, violin

Sun, May 9, 2021 at 3 pm

All performances will be at Herbst Theatre.

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The legendary Mischa Maisky

The legendary Mischa Maisky The 'stunning' Angela Hewitt Weilerstein, Haydn, & Schoenberg 'Spine-tingling' Vadim Repin Sarah Chang's 'Viva Piazzolla'
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MISCHA MAISKY, cello

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021 at 3 PM
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RACHMANINOV Celllo Sonata
SCRIABIN Works Transcribed for Cello & Piano
SCHUBERT Notturno for Piano Trio
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor

“Maisky’s playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique.”

—Mstislav Rostropovich

Mischa Maisky has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky.  Born in Latvia, educated in Russia after his repatriation to Israel, Mischa Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Tokyo, along with the rest of the major music centres.

He considers himself to be a citizen of the world: "I’m playing an Italian cello, with French and German bows, Austrian and German strings, my daughter was born in France, my oldest son in Belgium, the middle one in Italy and the youngest one in Switzerland, I’m driving a Japanese car, wear a Swiss watch, an Indian necklace and I feel at home everywhere where people appreciate and enjoy classical music."

As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, during the last 25 years he has made well over 30 recordings with such orchestras as Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and others.

One of the highlights of his career was the year 2000 - it was mainly devoted to a worldwide Bach tour which included over 100 concerts! In order to express his deep admiration for this great composer, Mischa Maisky has recorded Bach's solo suites for the third time.

His recordings have enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and have been awarded the prestigious Record Academy Prize in Tokyo five times, the Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis three times, Grand Prix du Disque in Paris and Diapason d’Or of the Year as well as the coveted Grammy nominations.

Truly a world-class musician and regular guest at most major International Festivals, he has collaborated with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel and his partnerships have included artists as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to name just a few.

At this performance, Mischa Maisky will be joined by his daughter Lily playing piano, and his son Sascha playing violin.

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PACIFICA QUARTET

MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2021 at 8 PM

BEETHOVEN Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No.3
LIGETI Quartet No. 1, "Metamorphoses nocturnes"
BEETHOVEN "Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No.2

They play with clarity and dark intensity, superbly sustained”

—The Times (London)

Known for its virtuosity and exuberant performance style, the Pacifica Quartet is recognized as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was previously the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. In 2017, the Pacifica Quartet was appointed to lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Formed in 1994, the group quickly won the Naumburg competition and other prestigious awards. In 2002 the ensemble was appointed to Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in 2006 was not only awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, but was featured on the cover of Gramophone and heralded as one of “five new quartets you should know about” (the only American quartet on the list). In 2009 the Quartet was named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America.

Recent seasons have included performances with guitarist Sharon Isbin; the complete Beethoven cycle for the University at Buffalo’s renowned Slee Cycle; a return to New York’s 92nd Street Y; the culmination of a two-season residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; tours with Johannes Moser, Jörg Widmann, and Marc-André Hamelin; and the debut of a new cello quintet by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.

The Pacifica Quartet is a preeminent interpreter of string quartet cycles. Having given acclaimed performances of the complete Carter cycle in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Houston; the Mendelssohn cycle in Napa, Australia, New York, and Pittsburgh; and the Beethoven cycle in New York, Denver, St. Paul, Chicago, Napa, and Tokyo, the Quartet presented the monumental Shostakovich cycle in Chicago, New York, Montreal and at Wigmore Hall.

In 2008 the Quartet won a Grammy for its recording of Carter’s quartets on the Naxos label. Cedille Records recently released the third of four volumes comprising the entire Shostakovich cycle to rave reviews. Recent projects include recording Leo Ornstein’s rarely-heard piano quintet with Marc-André Hamelin, the Brahms piano quintet with the legendary Menahem Pressler, and the Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets with the NY Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, Anthony McGill.

The members of the Pacifica Quartet live in Bloomington, IN, where they serve as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Prior to their appointment, the Quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 2003 to 2012, and also served as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago for seventeen years.

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ZIVIAN-TOMKINS DUO 

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021 at 8 PM

CHOPIN Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
SCHUMANN Fantasie for solo piano, Op. 17
MENDELSSOHN Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major

 

Cellist Tanya Tomkins is equally at home on Baroque and modern instruments. She has performed on such chamber music series as the Frick Collection, “Great Performances” at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y and the Concertgebouw.

She is acclaimed for her interpretation of the Bach Cello Suites, having performed them at such venues as New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Seattle Early Music Guild, Vancouver Early Music Society, and The Library of Congress. For 20 years Ms Tomkins has been one of the principal cellists in both Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra, and has appeared with both numerous times as soloist.

On modern cello, she is a long-time participant at the Moab Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards, and is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. She recently joined the Delphi Trio. Ms Tomkins has given master classes at Yale, Juilliard, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

Together with Eric Zivian she is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

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Fortepianist Eric Zivian has given recitals in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed concertos with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

He performs extensively on original instruments, both in the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio. He has performed with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble and Earplay. He is a frequent guest artist on the chamber music series of both the S.F. Symphony and the S.F. Conservatory. Mr. Zivian’s compositions have been performed widely in the United States and in Tokyo, and he was commissioned by ASCAP to compose a work premiered by the Seattle Symphony.

Mr. Zivian attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and graduated from Curtis, going on to receive graduate degrees from Juilliard and the Yale School of Music. He studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended Tanglewood both as a performer and as a composer.

Together with Tanya Tomkins he is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

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QUATUOR AROD       

SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2021 at 3 PM

HAYDN Quartet in in E-flat Major, Op. 76 No. 6
MENDELSSOHN Quartet in in F minor, Op. 80
SCHUBERT "Death and the Maiden" Quartet

“Mercurial, nerve-end playing which combines a surging impetus with expressive flexibility.”

—Gramophone (review of Mendelssohn CD)

Established in 2013, the Quatuor Arod is known for its laser-focused sound and thrilling interpretations. This young French group came to the attention on the international stage when they won First Prize at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich, having already taken First Prize at the Carl Nielsen Competition in 2015 and at the European Competition in 2014.

Recent seasons have seen the Quatuor perform at the Auditorium of the Louvre, the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris), the Arsenal concert halls in Metz, Bordeaux and Montpellier in their native France, London’s Wigmore Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum and the Schloss Elmau in Germany, the Bozar (Brussels), the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Zurich, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisboa and in Italy, Tokyo, Denmark, Serbia, etc.

They have performed such festivals as Verbier, Montreux, Aix-en-Provence, Menton, Salon-de-Provence, Folle Journée de Nantes, The Pablo Casals Festival of Prades (France), Heidelberg, Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bremen Musikfest, Mozartfest Würzburg, Prague Spring Music Festival among others.

The group is currently artist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels with the Artemis Quartet. They also work with the Ebène Quartet and Diotima Quartet.

Quatuor Arod takes its name from Legolas’ horse in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy – in Tolkien’s mythical Rohirric language, Arod means ‘swift’.

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MAYUKO KAMIO, violin
NOREEN POLERA, piano

MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021 at 8 PM

MOZART Adagio KV 261
MOZART Rondo C-major KV373
MOZART Sonata KV 301
GRIEG Sonata No 3 in C minor
ELGAR Salut d’Amour
KREISLER Tambourine Chinois
RACHMANINOV Vocalise
RIMSKY KORSAKOV/HEIFETZ Flight of the Bumblebee
MASSENET Meditation from "Thais"
SARASATEZigeunerweisen

Ms. Kamio had technique to burn, but she was distinguished by her warmly luxurious, buttery tone and long, seamless phrases.

—The New York Times

In 2007 this extravagantly gifted Japanese artist won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition.

She made her concerto debut in Tokyo at the age of ten under the baton of Charles Dutoit, in a concert broadcast on NHK television. Since then, she has appeared as soloist with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich with Mstislav Rostropovich, NHK Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.

She has toured with the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic. In Japan she has appeared as soloist with the Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo and Yomiuri Nippon symphony orchestras; and the Japan, Tokyo and Tokyo City philharmonics.

As a recitalist, she has performed in such major cities as New York, Washington DC, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Frankfurt, Warsaw, and Tokyo.

As a winner of the 1998 Menuhin Violin Competition, the youngest artist ever to win the award, Ms. Kamio performed with the Orchestra National de Lille with Lord Menuhin conducting. In 2000 she took first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and in 2004 she won the first Monte Carlo Violin Masters Competition. As part of this award, she made concerto appearances at the Salle Gaveau in Paris and in Monte Carlo. That same year, she was awarded the gold medal at the first International David Oistrakh Violin Competition in Ukraine.

She has released four recordings on the SONY and BMG labels, a sonata recording of Franck, Brahms and Strauss, a concerto recording of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev Concerti, a collection of violin solo works with piano of Chausson, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Waxman and Paganini's 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.

Mayuko Kamio plays on the 1735 "Sennhauser" made by Joseph Guarneri del Gesu, kindly offered by the Strad Society in Chicago.

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ANGELA HEWITT, piano

SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021 at 8 PM

COUPERIN Pieces de Clavecin
BEETHOVEN "Eroica" Variations, Op. 35
BRAHMS Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5


“A reliably mesmerising musician, Angela Hewitt has the ability to convey a spiritual seriousness that nonetheless does not exclude an utter charm.”

—The Sunday Times (London)

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt is well established as one of today’s foremost interpreters of Bach, and recently she was inducted into Gramophone Magazine’s “Hall of Fame” thanks to her popularity with music lovers around the world.

Her award-winning cycle for Hyperion Records of all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday Times) and her large discography also includes albums of Couperin, Rameau, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Fauré, Debussy, Chabrier, Ravel, and Granados. Recent releases include her first disc of Scarlatti Sonatas, her sixth volume of Beethoven Sonatas, and her second recording of the Goldberg Variations.

Ms. Hewitt appears all over the world in the most prestigious concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Her festival appearances include Lucerne, Verbier, Osaka, Prague, the Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms, to name but a few. Her own annual Trasimeno Music Festival takes place each summer in Umbria, Italy, and features international artists as well as recitals, chamber music, and concertos from Hewitt herself. Communication with her audience is important to her, and has resulted in a huge fan base throughout the world. Her masterclasses, writings on music and booklet notes for her recordings are all hugely popular.

In 2003 Angela was awarded the first ever BBC Radio 3 Listeners’ Award in the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, and in 2006 she was voted Gramophone’s ‘Artist of the Year’. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006, and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2015. In 2018 Canada honoured her with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.

From 2016 until 2020, Ms Hewitt has presented The Bach Odyssey, an ambitious journey traversing the complete keyboard works of J S Bach in twelve recitals, in venues around the world including London’s Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall and New York’s 92nd Street Y.

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ALISA WEILERSTEIN, cello
with the Grammy-winning

TRONDHEIM SOLOISTS  

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021 at 8 PM


HAYDN  Cello Concerto in C Major
HAYDN  Cello Concerto in D Major
SCHOENBERG  Verklarte Nacht

“Weilerstein is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship”

—The MacArthur Foundation,
awarding Alisa Weilerstein a MacArthur Fellowship (“Genius Grant”)

American-born cellist Alisa Weilerstein is known worldwide for her natural virtuosity, the intensity of her playing and the spontaneity and sensitivity of her interpretations. In 2010, she was invited by Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic to play the Elgar concerto. She has appeared with all of the major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe with such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Temirkanov, Osmo Vänskä, Semyon Bychkov and Jaap van Zweden. She also appears at major music festivals throughout the world as a soloist, recitalist and as a chamber musician.

In the 2018-19 season, Weilerstein released Transfigured Night on the Pentatone label, including Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, from which the album takes its title. She will tour Verklärte Nacht in two configurations: one with a string ensemble, and the other with pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Sergey Khachatryan and percussionist Colin Currie. Also in 2018-19 she performed Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto with the Gothenburg Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Valencia Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony, and tours the U.S. playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic led by Semyon Bychkov. She performs the Schumann Concerto, Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto, Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, and Bloch’s Schelomo in cities from San Diego to Vienna. Finally, she gives two performances, with the composer leading both Copenhagen’s Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony, of Matthias Pintscher’s new cello concerto Un despertar (An Awakening), which was written for her.

Between orchestral engagements she performed Bach’s complete cello suites in Boston (Celebrity Series), in Paris (the Saint-Denis Festival), the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and for Cal Performances in Berkeley.

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The Trondheim Soloists’ playing had a buoyant energy that was an ideal springboard for Weilerstein’s leaps and dances in the Haydn.

—The Guardian

Grammy Awards, 2011. A group of classical musicians from Norway is back at the Staples Center, sharing the red carpet with the greatest names in musical entertainment. They’re not from a powerhouse orchestra in Oslo or Bergen, but hail from a picturesque town hemmed in by mountains and a fjord. They’re the Trondheim Soloists, accepting their fifth Grammy nomination in three years (they ultimately have racked up ten nominations, and in fact won a Grammy in 2020).

Who are they?

For years, the Trondheim Soloists had been a well-regarded training ground for young string players.  Then it turned its considerable talents to the professional stage. At its London debut, the applause and bravo’s exploded like a thunderclap, as the audience saluted the inspired vitality of its performance.  

Since then, the group has gone from success to success, performing regularly with such stars at Anne Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell, Daniel Hope and Leif Ove Andsnes.  This group scales the heights, with charm.  They are also adventuresome, and not only do they tour throughout Europe, but have shared the stage with folk and rock artists, and have toured to Mexico, India and China, performing with panache with leading artists from those countries.

Trondheim, though, always shines through. They call it ‘the city with a heart’. And that’s precisely what you hear in the unmistakable “Trondheim sound.”

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ARIS QUARTETT       FIRST U.S. TOUR

SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2021 at 3 PM

HAYDN Quartet in D Major, Op. 20 No. 4
SCHULHOFF Five Pieces for String Quartet
BEETHOVEN Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

“Tonal richness and precision of expression, with a gripping sweep full of force and energy”

—Süddeutsche Zeitung

The Aris Quartett is unquestionably one of the young shooting stars of the concert world. They play the central repertoire with great naturalness, as if born to play it, but beyond this the Quartet captivates audiences through its passionate interpretations and ability to communicate easily with audiences. Described by the press as "thrilling" (FONO FORUM) and "finely nuanced and exciting" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), this group is really something special.

In 2016, the group received not merely one, but five prizes at the prestigious ARD Music Competition in Munich. and two years later they were named a BBC New Generation Artist, which comes with recording contracts and concerts throughout the UK with engagements in prominent venues and festivals, such as the BBC Proms in August 2019.  The group was also named an ECHO Rising Star by the European Concert Hall Organisation.

Founded in Frankfurt in 2009, the Quartet has already performed over 500 concerts in Europe alone, appearing in the major concert halls and leading music festivals.

Their international breakthrough came shortly after the quartet's formation, earning first prizes at leading music competitions, including at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar, Germany in 2016 and at the Juergen Ponto Foundation prize for chamber music.

In upcoming seasons the Quartet will make its debut in the Vienna Konzerthaus, returning to that city soon thereafter as part of the Beethoven Anniversary Year in the prestigious Vienna Konzertverein. Further notable engagements are at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Lieder Halle Stuttgart and a re-invitation to the Schleswig Holstein Festival.  They have previously performed at such venues as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonie de Paris, Musikverein Wien and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

They have since released four highly-acclaimed CD productions, most recently Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk in 2018 – a recording that has been hailed by critics.

The quartet’s memorable name was an impromptu decision, ARIS being the four last letters of the four musicians’ first names.

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VADIM REPIN, violin

with pianist to be announced

SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2021 at 3 PM

PROGRAM To Be Announced

“More than a tour de force, this was a celebration of violin playing itself.”

— The New York Times

Born in Siberia in 1971, Vadim Repin was eleven when he won the gold medal in all age categories in the Wienawski Competition and gave his recital debuts in Moscow and St Petersburg.  At 14 he made his debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Helsinki; a year later in Carnegie Hall.  At 17 he was the youngest ever winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

Among the highlights of the past few seasons have been tours with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, the NHK Orchestra and Dutoit;  a tour of Australia with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and acclaimed appearances in London, Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw of the violin concerto written for him by James MacMillan, culminating in a BBC Prom at the sold out Royal Albert Hall.

Recent seasons have also included concerts in Hong Kong and Beijing, a European tour with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Neeme Jarvi, concerts in Vienna with Kent Nagano, and the enthusiastically received Trans-Siberian Festival of the Arts, as Artistic Director. In addition, Repin had concerts in Vilnius, Prague, Vienna and Paris as well as a new Vadim Repin Festival in Tokyo. Then there were concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Last season began with concerts in Yerevan, Barcelona and Madrid and a tour of European capitals with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, and culminated with a ‘Transsiberia goes to Tel Aviv’ project.

Repin has recorded concertos by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky on Warner Classics.  For Deutsche Grammophon he recorded the Beethoven concerto, the Brahms Violin Concerto and Double Concerto (Truls Mørk, cello) with the Gewandhaus Orchester, the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov trios with Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang (which won the Echo Classic) and works by Grieg, Janacek and César Franck with Nikolai Lugansky, which won the 2011 BBC Music Award.

In 2010 he received France’s most prestigious musical award, the Victoire d’Honneur, for a lifetime’s dedication to music, and he became Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.   Following master classes and concerts in Beijing in 2014 he was awarded an honorary professorship of the Central Conservatory of Music, and in 2015 an honorary professorship of the Shanghai Conservatory.

Vadim Repin plays on the 1733 'Rode' violin by Stradivari.

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NIKOLAY KHOZYAINOV, piano

SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2021 at 3 PM

"CHOPIN'S LAST RECITAL"
Andante Spianato, Op. 22
Impromptu in F sharp major, Op. 36
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27
Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Three Etudes, Op. 25 Nos. 7, 2 & 3
Ballade in F major, Op. 38
Grande Valse Brillante, Op. 18
Mazurkas in A minor, A flat major, and F sharp minor, Op. 59

Waltzes in D flat major, C sharp minor, & A flat major, Op. 64
Preludes in A major and F-sharp minor

Ballade in F minor, Op. 52

“His playing was remarkable for its clarity, transparency of sound and the finesse of expressive detail.”

—Sydney Morning Herald

Nikolay Khozyainov, born in 1992 in Blagoveshchensk, Russia (3,500 miles east of Moscow) is one of the most promising pianists of his generation, showing musical integrity and a maturity beyond his years.

He was the winner of the 1st Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition in May 2012 and 2nd Prize at the 2012 Sydney International Competition.  Although the youngest finalist in Sydney, he was given awards there for the best performance of a work by Liszt and Schubert, best concerto performance, best virtuoso performance and the People`s Choice Prize.

Mr. Khozyainov began playing piano of his own accord when he was just 5 years old. From 1999 to 2010 he studied at the Central Musical School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and since 2005 has been studying with Mikhail Voskresensky.

Nikolay Khozyainov is the winner of numerous awards in international piano competitions, including the 1st prize and special prize for the best performance of the Rondo-Capriccioso in E major Op.14 by Felix Mendelssohn at the International Piano Competition "Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte"(Czech Republic, 2003), 1st Prize at the IX International Carl Filtsch Piano Competition (Romania, 2004), 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition A. Scriabin in Paris (2008), 2nd prize and special award for the best performance of the musical miniature in the 6th Moscow International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition for young pianists in Moscow, special prize "for the best performance of miniatures" (2008).

Nikolay Khozyainov was the youngest finalist of the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (October 2010). His interpretations of Chopin and his unique musicality made an enormous impression on the audience and music lovers, and were appreciated by critics, from whom he garnered excellent reviews. Directly after the competition, the pianist was invited to give recitals in Zelazowa Wola, the place of Chopin`s birth, and in Chopin`s Museum in Warsaw.

Mr. Khozyainov has performed in recital and with orchestras in Russia, Belorus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, France, USA and Japan. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. His first CD was released on CD Accord label in 2011 (distributed worldwide by Naxos and available on the Naxos website) featuring works by Chopin and Liszt. The disc was recorded at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. In 2012 the Chopin Institute in Warsaw issued Nikolay`s CD recorded live during the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (October 2010).  In October 2012 a CD recorded for JVC Viktor company was released in Japan.

In recent seasons Nikolay Khozyainov performed in Japan, the USA (including his Carnegie Hall debut), Mexico, throughout Austria, Germany, Poland and France and he made his London debut in Wigmore Hall.

For us he will perform "Chopin's Last Recital," an evocative re-creation of that genius' final public performance in 1848.

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SARAH CHANG, violin

with the TELEGRAPH QUARTET
"VIVA PIAZZOLLA"
(The Four Seasons of Vivaldi & Piazzolla)

SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2021 at 3 PM


VIVALDI Four Seasons (excerpts)
VITELLI Chaconne
PIAZZOLLA Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

“Her gifts are at a level so removed from the rest of us that all we can do is feel the appropriate awe and then wonder on the mysteries of nature.”

— The New York Times

Violinist Sarah Chang is a star performer at the top of her game.

She performs with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, led by such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, André Previn, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

She has given recitals at the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Symphony Hall (Boston), the Barbican Centre, the Philharmonie (Berlin) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).

Chamber music partners include Pinchas Zukerman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yefim Bronfman, Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Kovacevich, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Lars Vogt and the late Isaac Stern.

Ms Chang has had some extraordinary recognition: Yale University has named a chair in Sprague Hall in her honor, in 2006 Newsweek named her as one of the Twenty Top Women in Leadership and, in 2008, she was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.  In June 2004 she carried the Olympic Torch in New York, and in the same month became the  youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame award.  In 2011, Ms. Chang was named an official Artistic Ambassador by the United States Embassy.

SARAH CHANG'S WEBSITE

The excellent young Telegraph Quartet, awarded the prestigious 2016 Naumburg Award, tours regularly and has performed at Carnegie Hall as well as at such festivals as Chautauqua and the Emilia Romagna Festival.   They are currently Quartet in Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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