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Pianist Jonathan Biss Steps In for Paul Lewis as Soloist with Orchestra of St. Luke's Tomorrow Evening, Thursday, February 28
Carnegie Hall today announced that, due to an arm injury, pianist Paul Lewis must regretfully withdraw from his concert with conductor Bernard Labadie and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, scheduled for tomorrow evening, Thursday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Pianist Jonathan Biss has agreed to step in to perform the previously announced program. The complete program information with updated artist listing is below.
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About Jonathan Biss
Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who shares his deep curiosity with music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. He continues to expand his reputation as a teacher, musical thinker, and one of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time. He was recently named Co-artistic Director alongside Mitsuko Uchida at the Marlboro Music Festival, where he has spent twelve summers. In addition, he has written extensively about his relationships with the composers with whom he shares a stage.
A member of the faculty of his alma mater the Curtis Institute of Music since 2010, Biss led the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by a classical music conservatory, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, which has reached more than 200,000 people in 185 countries. As 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, approaches, Biss continues to add lectures to his online course until he covers all of the sonatas in time for the anniversary year. At the same time, he progresses in his nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas, which will also be completed in 2020. Volume 8 of this endeavor will be released on March 15, 2019.
His bestselling eBook, Beethoven’s Shadow, describing the process of recording the sonatas and published by RosettaBooks in 2011, was the first Kindle Single written by a classical musician. He also conceived the Beethoven/5 project, for which the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has co-commissioned Timo Andres, Sally Beamish, Salvatore Sciarrino, Caroline Shaw, and Brett Dean to write piano concertos, each inspired by one of Beethoven's. The concerto by Shaw, Watermark, received its world premiere performance with the Seattle Symphony at the end of January, and will receive its New York premiere with Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in July 2019. These projects represent Biss's complete approach to music-making and connecting his audience to his own passion for the music.
Biss is committed to making sure that the concertos become part of the repertoire and has performed the commissions globally beyond their premieres. Biss has long-standing relationships with the New York Philharmonic; the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Philharmonia orchestras; the Boston, Chicago, and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival, and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras, among many others. Biss began piano lessons at age six and studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Leon Fleisher
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE'S
Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor
Ying Fang, Soprano
Jonathan Biss, Piano
JOSEPH HAYDN Overture to L'Isola disabitata
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART "Non temer, amato bene," K. 490
JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor, "Farewell"
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