THE 2021 SEASON IN PALO ALTO (Money-back guarantee*)

 

MISCHA MAISKY, cello

Mon, Feb. 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm

QUATUOR AROD

Mon, March 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm 

ANGELA HEWITT, piano

Mon, March 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm

ARIS QUARTETT

Mon, April 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm 

NIKOLAY KHOZYAINOV, piano

Mon, May 3, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Optional non-subscription concert:  
SARAH CHANG, violin Mon, May 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm

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MISCHA MAISKY, cello

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021 at 7:30 PM

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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QUATUOR AROD  
MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2021 at 7:30 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 (reviewing their 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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ANGELA HEWITT, piano

MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2021 at 7:30 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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ARIS QUARTETT    FIRST U.S. TOUR

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021 at 7:30 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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NIKOLAY KHOZYAINOV, piano

MONDAY, MAY 3, 2021 at 7:30 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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Special Non-Subscription Performance

SARAH CHANG, violin

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

MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021 at 7:30 PM

at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University

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.

 THE TELEGRAPH QUARTET'S WEBSITE