PIANIST ANDRÁS SCHIFF BEGINS SEASON-LONG PERSPECTIVES SERIESON OCTOBER 28 WITH IVÁN FISCHER AND THE BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Series Concentrates on the Music and Legacy of Bela Bartók, Featuring Mr. Schiff Participating in Twelve Concerts on All Three Stages
Acclaimed pianist András Schiff begins his extensive 12-event Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Iván Fischer. Concentrating largely on the music and legacy of twentieth-century Hungarian pianist and composer Bela Bartók and titled In the Steps of Bartók, the series showcases Mr. Schiff’s exceptional abilities as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, and includes concerts with fellow Hungarian musicians, many of whom he has known since childhood.
Mr. Schiff’s Perspectives begins in October, when he performs all three of Bartók’s piano concertos on two consecutive evenings with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Mr. Fischer. Also that month, he appears in recital, playing Bartók’s Piano Sonata, Bach’s Three Part Inventions, and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. In February, the series moves to Zankel Hall, where Mr. Schiff performs with Hungarian folk music ensemble Muzsikás, then in a chamber program with pianist Dénes Várjon that includes Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Also in February, Mr. Schiff leads a Professional Training Workshop presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, inviting young pianists to explore the piano suites of Bach and Bartók. The intensive weeklong workshop includes a public master class and a young artists concert by the pianists in Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Schiff concludes his Perspectives series with five performances in May, beginning with a solo recital featuring the US premiere of Hungarian composer György Kurtág’s Rituale—Strém Kálmán in memoriam, as well as the world premiere of a new work by Jörg Widmann, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Mr. Widmann, a German composer and clarinetist, is also the subject of a Making Music program that will feature Mr. Schiff. Later in May, Mr. Schiff collaborates in recital with German baritone Christian Gerhaher and appears twice with the Salzburg Marionette Theater, including a Carnegie Hall Family Concert.
Further details on each concert and workshop are noted below. For more information on András Schiff’s Perspectives series, please visit carnegiehall.org/schiff.
András Schiff recently discussed Bartók’s influence on his life: “Roots are incredibly important to me. We all have our roots, and today we try to forget about them. I certainly don’t, but everything is being internationalized, globalized, [and] evened out… We all come from somewhere, and we should be proud of it and try to investigate those roots and incorporate that into our personality and into our positive artistic creative process. Bartók is central in my life because I was born in Hungary and grew up in Hungary. I was born in 1953. Bartók died in 1945, so unfortunately I am too young to have known him or to have met him. And yet, his person was very much present, very much alive. I’m lucky to be of the first generation of music students in Hungary who were really systematically educated and brought up on Bartók. Bartók was not only a great composer. He was a fabulous pianist himself… To me, he’s one of my great, great idols, not just as a composer and as a human being but also as a piano player.”
For a video interview with András Schiff, please click here.
October 28–29: András Schiff Performs with Iván Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra Pianist András Schiff begins his season-long Perspectives series—In the Steps of Bartók—on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Music Director Iván Fischer performing Bartók’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Also on the program is Schubert’s Overture to Die Zauberharfe and Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major. The following evening, on Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m., Mr. Schiff performs Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Maestro Fischer and the orchestra on a program that also includes Bartók’s Hungarian Peasant Songs and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “Great.” András Schiff attended school in Budapest with conductor Iván Fischer, and in 1997 they recorded Bartók’s concertos together, to wide acclaim.
October 31: Solo Recital in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage Mr. Schiff’s Perspectives series continues on Monday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with a solo recital featuring Bach’s Three Part Inventions, Bartók’s Piano Sonata, and Beethoven’s Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli.
February 16–21: Schiff Leads a Professional Training Workshop In February 2012, Mr. Schiff returns to Carnegie Hall to lead his first Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshop. The workshop, for solo pianists, runs from February 16–21 and explores the piano suites of Bach and Bartók. The week culminates with a public master class on Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. and a young artists concert on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m., both in Weill Recital Hall. Applications for the Professional Training Workshop are being accepted through September 30. For more information about the workshop, click here.
February 22: Schiff and Muzikás in Zankel Hall On Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Mr. Schiff joins Hungarian folk-music ensemble Muzsikás—arguably the first group to popularize Hungary’s traditional music. Mr. Schiff studied with one of the founding members of Muzsikás, Peter Eri, from the age of six. On that relationship, Mr. Schiff shared, “We all have these roots together. It’s very important to show the connection of the material that Bartók collected and how he worked on that material and incorporated it into his own music. So we’re going to show the original folk music and the Bartókian arrangements side by side. They’re a wonderful group, so I’m sure that it’s going to be a very lively experience.”
February 25: András Schiff and Dénes Várjon in Duo Recital Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon joins Mr. Schiff in Zankel Hall on Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m for Schumann’s Six Etudes in Canonic Form, selections from Kurtág's Játékok, and Debussy’s En blanc et noir. Percussionists David Skidmore and James Michael Deitz (both alumni of Carnegie Hall's Academy program) also collaborate with the duo on Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. On his relationship with fellow pianist and friend, Dénes Várjon, Mr. Schiff said, “He did study with me a little bit, but not formally, just in master classes. I’m very, very fond of him. He’s an excellent musician and ensemble player, very good at chamber music.”
May 2: Two Premieres on Solo Recital in Zankel Hall Mr. Schiff performs Bach’s two-part inventions, as well as music by Bartók and Beethoven in a solo recital Zankel Hall on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. The program also includes the world premiere of a new work by Jörg Widmann, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, as well as the US premiere of Rituale - Strém Kálmán in memoriam by György Kurtág, today's leading Hungarian composer and Schiff’s former teacher.
May 3: Making Music: Jörg Widmann On Thursday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Mr. Schiff appears on a Making Music program focusing on the music of German composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann. The all-Widmann program is moderated by Carnegie Hall’s Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen and features performances by soprano Claron McFadden, pianist Shai Wosner, and The Parker Quartet, in addition to Mr. Schiff and Mr. Widmann.
May 5–6: Salzburg Marionette Theater Mr. Schiff joins the Salzburg Marionette Theater in Zankel Hall on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. for Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux. Also on the program is Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Debussy’s Children’s Corner. The following afternoon, Sunday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m., the troupe performs a Carnegie Hall Family Concert, of Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux, again with Mr. Schiff. This chamber ballet about the adventures of toys that come to life was created especially for András Schiff by the Salzburg Marionette Theater and initially grew out of his relationship with gifted puppeteer Philippe Brunner, with whom he first collaborated when Mr. Brunner was twelve.
May 12: Baritone Christian Gerhaher András Schiff concludes his Perspectives series on Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. in a recital collaboration with baritone Christian Gerhaher performing songs devoted to the pains of love, including Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte and Schumann’s Dichterliebe as well as works by Haydn in Zankel Hall.
About the Artist András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1953 and started piano lessons at the age of five with Elisabeth Vadász. Recitals and special cycles, like the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók form an important part of his activities. Between 2004 and 2009, he performed complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in 20 cities throughout the United States and Europe, a project recorded live in the Zürich Tonhalle and released in eight volumes for ECM New Series.
In addition to his Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, Mr. Schiff’s performances during the 2011-2012 season include concerts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Salzburg Marionette Theater at Princeton, as well as recitals with Christian Gerhaher in Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Toronto. Solo recitals will be given in Philadelphia, Boulder, Berkeley, and Napa, CA. Future North American engagements will focus on a two-season project dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach.
Mr. Schiff has worked with most of the major international orchestras and conductors, but now performs mainly as conductor and soloist. In 1999, Mr. Schiff created his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, which consists of international soloists, chamber musicians, and close friends. In addition to working annually with this orchestra, he also works every year with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Mr. Schiff has established a prolific discography, including recordings for London/Decca (1981-1994), Teldec (1994-1997) and, since 1997, ECM New Series. Recordings for ECM include the complete solo piano music of Beethoven and Janácek, a solo disc of Schumann piano pieces, the Bach Partitas and his second recording of the Bach Goldberg Variations. He has received several international recording awards, including two Grammy Awards for "Best Classical Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra)" for the Bach English Suites, and "Best Vocal Recording" for Schubert's Schwanengesang with tenor Peter Schreier, and was nominated for "Best Classical Album (Without Orchestra)" for the second volume of his Complete Beethoven Sontata recordings for ECM. An all-Schumann disc is expected this fall.
Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives Now in its 13th season, Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles.
Previous Perspectives artists have included conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim; conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Robertson; violinists Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Maurizio Pollini, Peter Serkin, and Mitsuko Uchida; soprano Dawn Upshaw; bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; the Emerson String Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; Senegalese vocalist Youssou N’Dour; Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso; Indian classical tabla player Zakir Hussain; experimental rocker David Byrne; and singer/songwriter James Taylor. This March 2012, L’Arpeggiata will be the first early music ensemble to present a Perspectives series.
Program Information Friday, October 28, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageBUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Iván Fischer, Music Director and ConductorAndrás Schiff, Piano
FRANZ SCHUBERT Overture to Die ZauberharfeBÉLA BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 1BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, D. 485
Tickets: $31–$88____________________________________ Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageBUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Iván Fischer, Music Director and ConductorAndrás Schiff, Piano
BÉLA BARTÓK Hungarian Peasant SongsBÉLA BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 2FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, "Great"
Tickets: $31–$88____________________________________ Monday, October 31, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageANDRÁS SCHIFF, PianoJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Three Part InventionsBÉLA BARTÓK Piano SonataLUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120Tickets: $36–$108____________________________________Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.Weill Recital HallANDRÁS SCHIFF MASTER CLASSProfessional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.Tickets: $15____________________________________Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.Weill Recital HallANDRÁS SCHIFF YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERTProfessional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
Tickets: $15____________________________________Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel HallMUZSIKÁSAndrás Schiff, PianoPresented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.Tickets: $34, $40____________________________________Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel HallANDRÁS SCHIFF, PianoDÉNES VÁRJON, PianoDavid Skidmore, PercussionJames Michael Deitz, PercussionROBERT SCHUMANN (arr. CLAUDE DEBUSSY) Six Etudes in Canonic FormGYÖRGY KURTÁG Selections from JátékokCLAUDE DEBUSSY En blanc et noirBÉLA BARTÓK Sonata for Two Pianos and PercussionTickets: $49, $62____________________________________Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel HallANDRÁS SCHIFF, PianoJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in C Major, BWV 772JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E Minor, BWV 778JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in G Major, BWV 781BÉLA BARTÓK Selections from For ChildrenJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in D Minor, BWV 775JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in F Major, BWV 779JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in A Minor, BWV 784BÉLA BARTÓK Three BurlesquesJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E-flat Major, BWV 776JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in G Minor, BWV 782JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in B-flat Major, BWV 785JÖRG WIDMANN New Work (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E Minor, BWV 778JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E Major, BWV 777JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in B Minor, BWV 786BÉLA BARTÓK Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from MikrokosmosJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in F Minor, BWV 780JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in A Major, BWV 783JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in C Minor, BWV 773LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Bagatelles, Op. 126GYÖRGY KURTÁG Adieu, Haydée I from Hommage à BartókGYÖRGY KURTÁG Adieu, Haydée II from Hommage à BartókGYÖRGY KURTÁG Rituale - Strém Kálmán in memoriam (US Premiere)BÉLA BARTÓK Out of DoorsTickets: $49, $62____________________________________Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.Zankel HallMAKING MUSIC: JÖRG WIDMANNJörg Widmann, ClarinetClaron McFadden, SopranoAndrás Schiff, PianoShai Wosner, PianoThe Parker Quartet•• Daniel Chong, Violin•• Karen Kim, Violin•• Jessica Bodner, Viola•• Kee-Hyun Kim, CelloJeremy Geffen, Series ModeratorALL-JÖRG WIDMANN PROGRAMFieberphantasieIntermezziFive FragmentsVersuch über die FugeSponsored by Ernst & Young LLPTickets: $30____________________________________Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel HallSALZBURG MARIONETTE THEATERANDRÁS SCHIFF, PianoCLAUDE DEBUSSY Children's CornerROBERT SCHUMANN Kinderszenen, Op. 15CLAUDE DEBUSSY La boîte à joujouxTickets: $60, $75____________________________________Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.Zankel HallCARNEGIE HALL FAMILY CONCERT: SALZBURG MARIONETTE THEATERANDRÁS SCHIFF, PianoCLAUDE DEBUSSY La boîte à joujouxPre-concert activities will take place one hour before each performance and are free to all ticket holders.Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by generous endowment gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.Tickets: $9, $15____________________________________Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.Zankel HallCHRISTIAN GERHAHER, BaritoneANDRÁS SCHIFF, PianoLUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98•• Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend•• Wo die Berge so blau •• Leichte Segler in den Höhen•• Diese Wolken in den Höhen•• Es kehret der Maien•• Nimm sie hin denn diese LiederROBERT SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48•• Im wunderschönen Monat Mai•• Aus meinen Tränen spriessen•• Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne•• Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'•• Ich will meine Seele tauchen•• Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome•• Ich grolle nicht•• Und wüssten’s die Blumen, die kleinen•• Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen•• Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen•• Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen•• Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen•• Ich hab' im Traum geweinet•• Allnächtlich im Traume•• Aus alten Märchen•• Die alten, bösen LiederROBERT SCHUMANN "Ballade des Harfners ," Op. 98a, No. 2ROBERT SCHUMANN "Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß," Op. 98a, No. 4ROBERT SCHUMANN "Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt," Op. 98a, No. 6ROBERT SCHUMANN "An die Türen will ich schleichen," Op. 98a, No. 8JOSEPH HAYDN "The Spirit's Song," Hob. XXVIa:41JOSEPH HAYDN "Content," Hob. XXVIa: 36JOSEPH HAYDN "Trost unglücklicher Liebe," Hob. XXVIa: 9JOSEPH HAYDN "Geistliches Lied," Hob. XXVIa: 17JOSEPH HAYDN "The Wanderer," Hob. XXVIa:32LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN "Adelaide," Op. 46This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.Tickets: $43, $52Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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