THE 2022 SEASON IN WALNUT CREEK

 

NOTOS PIANO QUARTET

Sat, Feb. 12, 2022 at 2:30 pm

BENNEWITZ QUARTET

Sun, Feb. 27, 2022 at 2:30 pm 

MIDORI

Sun, March 20, 2022 at 2:30 pm

ALEXANDER GAVRYLYUK

Sat, April 9, 2022 at 2:30 pm 

EMANUEL AX*

Sat, April 23, 2022 at 2:00 pm (in Hofmann Thtre)

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NOTOS PIANO QUARTET

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2022 at 2:30 PM

BRAHMS Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 SCHUMANNPiano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
OTHER WORK To Be Announced

“The Notos Quartet is a fantastic ensemble!”

—Zubin Mehta

Since its foundation in 2007 the Notos Quartet has won six first prizes as well as numerous special prizes at international competitions in England, Holland, Italy and China. Then, in 2017 the quartet was designated the ECHO Klassik “Newcomer of the Year”, a prestigious prize given to chamber music groups only very rarely.

The Quartet’s mission is to not only perform the well-known masterpieces, but also to reveal forgotten treasures as well as to champion new compositions for the unique genre of the piano quartet. This is evident on the ensemble’s debut album “Hungarian Treasures” released by Sony Classical/RCA in February of 2017. It includes the world premiere recording of Béla Bartók’s piano quartet, a rediscovery for which the Notos has received critical acclaim.

Worldwide interest in the Notos Quartet and its extraordinary concert programs is evident from the numerous international broadcasts of concerts, interviews and profiles – including all the major German radio and TV stations, the BBC, France Musique, Radio4 Holland, P2 Sweden and radio and TV stations in Japan and Vietnam.

In addition to appearances at major festivals and leading concert halls throughout Europe such as Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, BOZAR Brussels and Teatro la Fenice Venice, the Notos Quartet regularly tours such farflung locations as Russia, Japan, Australia, South Africa and Southeast Asia, where the players not only give recitals but also seek to promote the careers of young musicians, which they regard as an important part of their work.

The Quartet appears in the Bay Area in 2022 as part of its debut tour in North America.

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BENNEWITZ QUARTET

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2022 at 2:30 PM

HAYDN Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2
SCHUMANN Quartet in A Major, Op. 41 No. 3.

DVORAK Quartet in C Majore, Op. 61

“The Bennewitz Quartet is downright wonderful, with a perfect balance of warmth and objective clarity.”

— Gramophone

Founded in 1998 in Prague, the Bennewitz Quartet immediately caught the imagination of the musical world.  Besides being Laureate of the Chamber Music Society of the Czech Philharmonic, the group won the award of the Spanish Queen for best chamber music ensemble of 2002/2003, as well as two special prizes at the prestigious ARD Music Competition in 2004. They soon won two leading chamber music competitions—the Osaka in 2005 and the Borciani in 2008, and recently were nominated for the Boreletti-Buitoni Trust award.

Since then they have performed at such prestigious festivals as Lucerne, Lockenhaus, Orlando and Prague and in leading concert halls: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Theatre des Champs- Elysees, Herkulessaal Munich, Rudolfium Prague, Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikverein, Seoul Arts Center, the Frick Collection and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.   They have performed at the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and took part in the complete Haydn cycle at Wigmore Hall.

Beyond the classical canon, the Bennewitz champions Czech music, including works by unjustly neglected composers such as Reicha, Haas, Ullmann and Schulhoff. The group was quartet-in-residence at the Musikakademie Basel and, since 2017, has been the ensemble-in-residence for the Czech Philharmonic, performing Prague’s main hall, the Dvorak Hall.

Their CDs are critically lauded;  Klassik.com described their recording of Schumann string quartets as “simply phenomenal.”  In 2019 the quartet was awarded the Classic Prague Award for the Best Chamber Music Recording, for their live performances at the Rudolfinum. The recently released recording of the music of Ullmann, Schulhoff, Krasa and Haas was named Editor’s Choice by Presto Classical and was selected as Record of the Week by Europadisc.

Besides CDs, the Bennewitz Quartet has recorded prolifically for Czech radio and television, as well as for such radio and television companies as SWR, RD and NWR in Germany, Radio 4 in the Netherlands, ORF in Austria, Radio Clasica in Spain and Yomiuiri TV in Japan.

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MIDORI, violin
ÖZGÜR AYDIN, piano

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2022 at 2:30 PM

MOZART Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 304
SCHUMANN Sonata No. 2 in D minor
BACH Sonata in E minor, BWV 1023
SKALKOTTAS Little Suite No. 2
BRAHMS Sonata No. 3 in D minor

Midori is one of the most admired violinists of her generation. In addition to performing at the highest levels internationally, giving master classes and participating in prominent artistic residencies, she has made a sustained commitment to the violin repertoire of the future, commissioning new concerto and recital works over a period of many years.

Beyond her performing and recording career, Midori is recognized as a dedicated and gifted educator and an innovative community engagement activist throughout the US, Europe, Asia and the developing world. Among many honors she has received in recent years, she was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and received the prestigious Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Midori recently added new recordings to her extensive discography: Bach’s complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas; a recital of sonatas by Bloch, Janáček and Shostakovich with pianist Özgür Aydin; and Paul Hindemith’s violin concerto (with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach) in a Grammy-winning recording. In 2016, Sony Classical released The Art of Midori, a 10-CD set containing some of her most important recordings for the label. DoReMi, the violin concerto written for her by Peter Eötvös, was also released in 2016.

In 1992 Midori founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York City that brings music education programs to underserved schoolchildren. Two other organizations, Music Sharing (based in Japan) and Partners in Performance (based in the U.S.) also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise be involved with the arts. Midori’s commitment to community collaboration and outreach is further realized in her Orchestra Residencies Program, which involves week-long residencies with American youth orchestras.

Midori was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, at an early age. In 1982, Zubin Mehta invited the11-year-old Midori to make her debut at the New York Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert, on which occasion she received a standing ovation and the impetus to begin a major career.

Midori serves as Distinguished Professor of Violin and holds the Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She is also a Guest Professor at Japan’s Soai University and at Shanghai Conservatory and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music.

In 2021 Midori became a Kennedy Center honoree, along with Garth Brooks, Debbie Allen, Joan Baez and Dick Van Dyke.

 

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ALEXANDER GAVRYLYUK, piano

SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022 at 2:30 PM

BEETHOVEN "Moonlight" Sonata
CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2
CHOPIN Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40 No. 1
LISZT Consolation No. 3
LISZT Tarantella
DEBUSSY Deux Arabesques

RACHMANINOV Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor

"Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade. Every time, he enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing.”

—De Telegraaf

This Ukrainian artist is an incandescent virtuoso in the spirit of Horowitz; his playing generates a level of visceral excitement rarely experienced by audiences..  He won the Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz Competition, the Gold Medal at the Hamamatsu Competition in 2000 and, in 2005, the Gold Medal at the prestigious Arthur Rubinstein Competition.  Gavrylyuk brandishes a jaw-dropping technique, but his playing is always informed by a sensitive and profound musicianship.

He has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam as well as the Royal Scottish National, NHK Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Hallé, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Brussels Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony, Russian National Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Sao Paolo Symphony, among others.

He collaborates with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Karabits, Louis Langrée, Vladimir Spivakov and Osmo Vänska. He has performed the complete Rachmaninov concerto cycle with both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (with Neeme Järvi) and the Vancouver Symphony (with Bramwell Tovey).  

Gavrylyuk’s solo recitals are highly acclaimed.  He performs regularly at the Master Pianist Series at the Concertgebouw, as well as at the Vienna Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich and Victoria Hall Geneva.

He regularly tours Japan (selling out Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City), Russia (giving recitals at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and at the Kremlin) and annually returns to Australia, where he spent his formative years, for concertos and recitals.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerto performances with Valeriy Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and a tour of Asia with the Cincinnati Symphony. His tour of Australia includes concerto appearances with several orchestras.. He will make his debut at the International Piano Series in London as well as giving solo recitals throughout Europe and North America and appearing in duo recital with Janine Jansens throughout Europe.

Alexander Gavrylyuk is a Steinway Artist. 

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EMANUEL AX, piano

SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022 at 2:00 PM
in the Hofmann Theatre

Single tickets for this concert are available HERE.

CHOPIN
Two Nocturnes, op. 55
Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61
Three Mazurkas, Op. 56
Barcarolle, Op. 60
Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Berceuse, Op. 57
Impromptu No. 3, Op. 51
Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

" His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays. Within minutes, we are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement

—Los Angeles Times

Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. Mr. Ax made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and in 1974 won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the Avery Fisher Prize.

Highlights of the 2019/20 season included a European summer festivals tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and long-time collaborative partner Bernard Haitink, an Asian tour with the London Symphony and Sir Simon Rattle and three concerts with regular partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall in March 2020.

Additional recitals and orchestral appearances last spring were postponed due to Covid-19 and like many artists around the world, Mr. Ax responded to these unprecedented circumstances creatively. He hosted “The Legacy of Great Pianists,” part of the online Live with Carnegie Hall highlighting legendary pianists who have performed at Carnegie Hall. Last September, he joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a series of surprise pop-up concerts for essential workers in multiple venues throughout the Berkshires community.

Mr. Ax has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, his most recent being Brahms Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos. He has received GRAMMY® Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. In the 2004/05 season Mr. Ax contributed to an International EMMY® Award-Winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013, Mr. Ax’s recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th Century Music/Piano).

Mr. Ax is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Skidmore College, Yale University, and Columbia University.

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