Carnegie Hall Artist Update:
Pianist Jonathan Biss Replaces Leif Ove Andsnes in Recital Scheduled for Thursday, January 24
Carnegie Hall today announced that pianist Leif Ove Andsnes must regrettably withdraw from his upcoming recital scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage due to an injury to his elbow. Mr. Andsnes has canceled this concert and his US recital tour. Pianist Jonathan Biss steps in for Mr. Andsnes on the new program, which features three Beethoven piano sonatas. The complete program information with updated artist listing is below.
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 Caroline Shaw, Watermark, premieres with The Seattle Symphony on January 31, 2019. These projects represent Biss' 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, January 24, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Jonathan Biss, Piano
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"
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