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Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The
Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi, Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective
of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in
building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers
who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.
Ensemble ACJW fellows-chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership
qualities and commitment to music education-come from some of the best music schools in the
country, including The Colburn School , Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, New
England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Southern California, and Yale School
Ensemble ACJW has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its
performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of
music-from centuries past to works written days before an event-in a variety of performance
venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at
The Juilliard School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le)
Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Subculture in NoHo, and Galapagos Art Space
in Brooklyn. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble
ACJW gives master classes for university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs
community in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.
Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond,
Ensemble ACJW fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their
artistry with-and become central resources for-music classrooms in the five boroughs.
Ensemble ACJW fellows also take part in community work through the Weill Music
Institute's Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple non-traditional
music venues across New York City, including healthcare settings, correctional facilities,
and senior-service organizations. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows
participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the
necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in
their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies on and
off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community,
the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to be a
musician in the 21st century. Visit acjw.org to learn more.
A consummate musician, masterful programmer, and dynamic presence, David Robertson has
established himself as one of today's most sought-after American conductors. A passionate
and compelling communicator with an extensive knowledge of orchestral and operatic
repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world
through his exhilarating music making and stimulating ideas. In fall 2013, Mr. Robertson
launched his ninth season as music director of the 134-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In
January 2014, he assumes the post of chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney
Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
In 2012-2013, Mr. Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony on two major tours: his first
European tour with the orchestra-its first European engagements since 1998-in fall 2012,
which included critically acclaimed appearances at London's BBC Proms, at the Berlin and
Lucerne festivals, and at Paris's Salle Pleyel; and a spring 2013 California tour that
included a three-day residency at the University of California, Davis, and performances at
the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and venues in Costa Mesa, Palm Desert, and Santa
Mr. Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses around
the world. In the 2013-2014 season, he conducts the new production of Nico Muhly's Two
Boys at the Metropolitan Opera and appears with orchestras that include the Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He
also leads the summer 2014 US tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of
America, a project of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. In past seasons, he has
appeared nationally with the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, Philadelphia and
Cleveland orchestras; and internationally with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle
Dresden, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras,
With more than 45 operas in his repertoire, Mr. Robertson has appeared at many of the
world's most prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Opéra de
Lyon, Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Hamburg State Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and
San Francisco Opera.
Born in Santa Monica, California, Mr. Robertson was educated at London's Royal Academy of
Music, where he studied horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting. Mr.
Robertson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Combining a rare, natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the communicative power of
music, Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert
repertoire, ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. In
2007, she was awarded a fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to
be awarded the five-year "genius" grant, and in 2008 she was named a fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences.
From Salzburg, Paris, and Glyndebourne to the Metropolitan Opera (where she began her
career in 1984 and has since made nearly 300 appearances), Ms. Upshaw has championed
numerous new works created for her, including John Harbison's The Great
Gatsby; Kaija Saariaho's Grawemeyer Award-winning opera L'amour de
loin and oratorio La Passion de Simone; John Adams's nativity oratorio
El Niño; and Osvaldo Golijov's chamber opera Ainadamar and song
Ms. Upshaw is a favored partner of many leading musicians, including Richard Goode, the
Kronos Quartet, James Levine, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In her work as a recitalist, and
particularly in her work with composers, Ms. Upshaw has become a generative force in
concert music, having premiered more than 25 works in the past decade. From Carnegie Hall
to large and small venues throughout the world, she regularly presents specially designed
programs composed of lieder, unusual contemporary works in many languages, and folk and
popular music. She furthers this work in master classes and workshops with young
singers at major music festivals, conservatories, and liberal arts colleges. She is the
artistic director of the Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and
a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Upshaw holds honorary doctorate
degrees from Yale University, the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School,
Allegheny College, and Illinois Wesleyan University.
A four-time Grammy Award winner, Ms. Upshaw is featured on more than 50 recordings,
including the million-selling Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Górecki. Her most recent release on
Deutsche Grammophon is Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, the third in a
series of acclaimed recordings of Osvaldo Golijov's music.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 7:30 PM
For more than 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of
exceptional musicianship combined with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical
music. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival in 1976, Ms. Mutter has
appeared in all of the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In
addition to performing and recording established masterpieces of the violin repertoire, Ms.
Mutter-an avid champion of 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire in both orchestral
and chamber music settings-has had works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri
Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki,
André Previn, and Wolfgang Rihm.
Throughout 2013, Ms. Mutter has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Berliner
Philharmoniker, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck; The Philadelphia
Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; the Dresden
Philharmonic Orchestra with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos; and the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, performing Dvořák's Violin Concerto. In June, Ms. Mutter
performed the world premiere of Sebastian Currier's Ringtone Variations, a work
commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, providing the prelude for an Asian tour
with The Mutter Virtuosi-an ensemble consisting of current and former scholarship students
of the ASM Foundation. Ms. Mutter was awarded the Atlantic Council's 2012 Distinguished
Artistic Leadership Award for her encouragement of young music talent through the ASM
Foundation and was inducted as a 2013 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences.
The violinist released her debut recording of Dvořák's Violin Concerto in November on the
Deutsche Grammophon label with Manfred Honeck leading the Berliner Philharmoniker. On the
occasion of the 35th anniversary of Ms. Mutter's stage debut, Deutsche Grammophon released
a comprehensive box set with all of her DG recordings, extensive documentation, and
previously unpublished rarities.
Lambert Orkis has received international recognition as a chamber musician, interpreter of
contemporary music, and performer on period instruments. He has appeared worldwide with
violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1988 and performed in recital with cellist Mstislav
Rostropovich for more than 11 years.
His distinguished career includes appearances with cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma,
Daniel Müller-Schott, and Han-Na Chang; violinist Julian Rachlin; and violist Steven Dann,
as well as with the Vertavo, Emerson, American, Mendelssohn, Curtis, and Manchester string
quartets. As a soloist, he has made appearances with conductors Christoph Eschenbach,
Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günther Herbig, Kenneth
Slowik, John Mauceri, Robert Kapilow, and Leon Fleisher.
A Grammy Award winner and multi-Grammy nominee, Mr. Orkis's wide discography comprises
works of the Classical, Romantic, and modern eras on many labels. With Ms. Mutter, he has
frequently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, winning a Grammy Award in the category of Best
Chamber Music Performance for their recording of Beethoven violin sonatas, and a 2006 Choc
de l'année award for their album of Mozart violin sonatas. He has also recorded solo discs
as fortepianist of Schubert works for Virgin Classics, as well as discs on Bridge Records
of solo works written for him by George Crumb, Richard Wernick, and James Primosch. At
Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Mr. Orkis premiered Wernick's Piano Concerto, written
for him, with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rostropovich.
Mr. Orkis has held the position of principal keyboard of the National Symphony Orchestra
since 1982. He is professor of piano at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music
and Dance in Philadelphia, and is a recipient of the university's Faculty Award for
In acknowledgment of his accomplishments, Mr. Orkis has been honored with Germany's Cross
of the Order of Merit.
Polish composer Witold Lutosławski established his reputation in the second half of the 20th century with such works as the tone poem Mi-Parti, the dreamy Les espaces du sommeil for baritone and orchestra, and the richly colored Third Symphony. Although its language is unmistakably modern, the Partita alludes to 18th-century forms and procedures.
Schubert's richly melodious Fantasy is recognized as a masterpiece today, but it received mixed reviews at its first performance in 1828. One newspaper observed that the lengthy piece "occupied rather too much of the time a Viennese is prepared to devote to pleasures of the mind."
Like his compatriot Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki has incorporated elements of historical styles in many of his more recent works. La Follia is a set of variations built on a repeating chord progression, or ground bass, which was popular in the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
André Previn's engaging and stylistically eclectic music reflects his extraordinary versatility as a classical, jazz, and pop musician. The Second Violin Sonata is the latest in a string of concertos and chamber works that he has written over the past decade for Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Saint-Saëns's brilliant writing for the violin reflects the influence of the great Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate. In Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, the D-Minor Sonata is ascribed to the fictional composer Vinteuil, a composite portrait of Saint-Saëns and several contemporaries.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 8 PM
Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 8 PM
The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
Friday, December 20, 2013 | 8 PM
Please note that there will be no late seating during the first half of this performance.
Sunday, December 22, 2013 | 3 PM
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 7 PM
Carnegie Hall's director of artistic planning, Jeremy Geffen, reveals the background to and importance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique."
Saturday, December 28, 2013 | 8 PM
Jonathan Biss on recording the Beethoven piano sonatas.
Friday, January 17, 2014 | 8 PM
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 8 PM
Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 7:30 PM