• Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012

    Pianist András Schiff Continues His Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series With Seven Zankel Hall Performances And A Professional Training Workshop In February and May 2012

    Collaborators Include Hungarian Folk Music Ensemble Muzsikás, Pianist Dénes Várjon, Composer/Clarinetist Jörg Widmann, Baritone Christian Gerhaher, and the Salzburg Marionette Theater 

    Acclaimed pianist András Schiff continues his extensive, season-long Perspectives series in February and May 2012, performing seven concerts in Zankel Hall as well as leading a Professional Training Workshop for young pianists presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Focusing 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. 

    In February, Mr. Schiff’s Perspectives series moves to Zankel Hall, where he performs with Hungarian folk music ensemble Muzsikás, then in a chamber music program with pianist Dénes Várjon that includes Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Prior to these concerts, Mr. Schiff leads a workshop for young pianists on the piano suites of Bach and Bartók. The intensive weeklong workshop includes a public master class and a concert by the workshop participants 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 features 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.

    February 16–21: Professional Training Workshop on Music of Bach and Bartók
    Mr. Schiff returns to Carnegie Hall to lead his first Professional Training Workshop presented by the Weill Music Institute. The intensive workshop, for five pianists selected by international application, runs from February 16–21 and explores the solo piano works of Bach and Bartók. The workshop culminates with a public master class on Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. and a concert by the participants on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m., both in Weill Recital Hall. The five award-winning young pianists featured in the workshop are Alexandra Dariescu from Romania, Zoltán Fejérvári from Hungary, Yuval Gilad from Israel, Naomi Kudo from New York, and Roman Rabinovich from Israel. For more information about the workshop, click here.

    András Schiff recently discussed his interest in teaching in relation to these workshops: “Teaching and education is very important to me, increasingly so. The older I get, the more so. When you are young, you still have to teach yourself. It’s always a work in process. It’s a progressing work. It never stops. I still keep teaching myself, but, as I get older, I don’t want to travel too much and I want to play fewer concerts. So I’m beginning to teach more. And I enjoy it. ‘Enjoy’ is not the right word, but it’s important. There are new generations of musicians growing up, and we would like to influence them in a positive way, because they are confronted with a lot of ideas. It’s not easy today to be a young musician, but it never was easy. It’s up to the individual intelligence of a student to distinguish. He or she is getting different influences, different ideas, and they have to sort them out. Keep certain ideas. Discard others. It’s a wonderfully healthy process. I think that the really gifted and intelligent ones will prevail.”

    February 22: Performing with 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 and Chamber Music
    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 The 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 in 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, presented by the Weill Music Institute, 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: Performing with 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 Sonata 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
    Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Weill Recital Hall
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF MASTER CLASS


    Alexandra Dariescu, Piano
    Zoltán Fejérvári, Piano
    Yuval Gilad, Piano
    Naomi Kudo, Piano
    Roman Rabinovich, Piano

    Repertoire to be selected from:
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH French Overture in B Minor, BWV 831
    BÉLA BARTÓK Three Burlesques
    BÉLA BARTÓK Suite for Piano, Op. 14
    BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Sonata
    BÉLA BARTÓK Out of Doors

    Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

    Tickets: $15
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    Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Weill Recital Hall
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERT

    Alexandra Dariescu, Piano
    Zoltán Fejérvári, Piano
    Yuval Gilad, Piano
    Naomi Kudo, Piano
    Roman Rabinovich, Piano

    Repertoire to be selected from:
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH French Overture in B Minor, BWV 831
    BÉLA BARTÓK Three Burlesques
    BÉLA BARTÓK Suite for Piano, Op. 14
    BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Sonata
    BÉLA BARTÓK Out of Doors

    Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
     

    Tickets: $15
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    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    MUZSIKÁS

    András Schiff, Piano

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.

    Tickets: $34, $40
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    Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF
    , Piano
    DÉNES VÁRJON, Piano
    David Skidmore, Percussion
    James Michael Deitz, Percussion

    ROBERT SCHUMANN (arr. CLAUDE DEBUSSY) Six Etudes in Canonic Form
    GYÖRGY KURTÁG Selections from Játékok
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY En blanc et noir
    BÉLA BARTÓK Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

    Tickets: $49, $62
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    Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF
    , Piano

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in C Major, BWV 772
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E Minor, BWV 778
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in G Major, BWV 781
    BÉLA BARTÓK Selections from For Children
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in D Minor, BWV 775
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in F Major, BWV 779
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in A Minor, BWV 784
    BÉLA BARTÓK Three Burlesques
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E-flat Major, BWV 776
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in G Minor, BWV 782
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in B-flat Major, BWV 785
    JÖRG WIDMANN New Work (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E Minor, BWV 778
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E Major, BWV 777
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in B Minor, BWV 786
    BÉLA BARTÓK Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from Mikrokosmos
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in F Minor, BWV 780
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in A Major, BWV 783
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in C Minor, BWV 773
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Bagatelles, Op. 126
    GYÖRGY KURTÁG Adieu, Haydée I from Hommage à Bartók
    GYÖRGY KURTÁG Adieu, Haydée II from Hommage à Bartók
    GYÖRGY KURTÁG Rituale - Strém Kálmán in memoriam (US Premiere)
    BÉLA BARTÓK Out of Doors

    Tickets: $49, $62
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    Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    MAKING MUSIC: JÖRG WIDMANN

    Jörg Widmann, Clarinet
    Claron McFadden, Soprano
    András Schiff, Piano
    Shai Wosner, Piano
    The Parker Quartet
    •• Daniel Chong, Violin
    •• Karen Kim, Violin
    •• Jessica Bodner, Viola
    •• Kee-Hyun Kim, Cello
    Jeremy Geffen, Series Moderator

    ALL-JÖRG WIDMANN PROGRAM
    Fieberphantasie
    Intermezzi
    Five Fragments
    Versuch über die Fuge


    Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

    Tickets: $30
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    Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    SALZBURG MARIONETTE THEATER
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF
    , Piano

    CLAUDE DEBUSSY Children's Corner
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Kinderszenen, Op. 15
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY La boîte à joujoux

    Tickets: $60, $75
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    Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    CARNEGIE HALL FAMILY CONCERT: SALZBURG MARIONETTE THEATER
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF
    , Piano

    CLAUDE DEBUSSY La boîte à joujoux

    Pre-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
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    Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    CHRISTIAN GERHAHER
    , Baritone
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF, Piano

    LUDWIG 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 Lieder
    ROBERT 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 Lieder
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Ballade des Harfners ," Op. 98a, No. 2
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß," Op. 98a, No. 4
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt," Op. 98a, No. 6
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "An die Türen will ich schleichen," Op. 98a, No. 8
    JOSEPH HAYDN "The Spirit's Song," Hob. XXVIa:41
    JOSEPH HAYDN "Content," Hob. XXVIa: 36
    JOSEPH HAYDN "Trost unglücklicher Liebe," Hob. XXVIa: 9
    JOSEPH HAYDN "Geistliches Lied," Hob. XXVIa: 17
    JOSEPH HAYDN "The Wanderer," Hob. XXVIa:32
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN "Adelaide," Op. 46

    This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

    Tickets: $43, $52

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

     

    Ticket Information
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