Performance Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | 8 PM

Christian Zacharias

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
In a career that spans more than three decades, Christian Zacharias has never performed in recital at Carnegie Hall. That changes this season, when he makes his long-awaited debut on the Stern/Perelman stage with music that includes sonatas by Beethoven and Schubert, along with works by C. P. E. Bach and Brahms.


  • Christian Zacharias, Piano
    Carnegie Hall Recital Debut


  • C.P.E. BACH Sonata in A Minor, Wq. 57, No. 2
  • C.P.E. BACH Rondo in C Minor, Wq. 59, No. 4
  • BRAHMS Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119
  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
  • SCHUBERT Sonata in D Major, D. 850

  • Encores:
  • D. SCARLATTI Sonata in G Major, K. 55
  • MOZART Rondo in D Major, K. 485


  • Christian Zacharias

    The qualities that make German pianist Christian Zacharias one of the world's most celebrated performers have also enabled him to make his mark as a conductor, festival director, musical thinker, writer, and broadcaster: integrity married to individualism; deep musical insight matched by a sure poetic instinct; brilliance in communication; and a charismatic, commanding platform manner.

    Mr. Zacharias made his international name as prizewinner in the Geneva Competition in 1969 and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1973. He also won the 2007 MIDEM Classical Award for Artist of the Year in Cannes, and was recently bestowed the honorable title of Officier dans l'ordre des arts et des lettres by the French government.

    Mr. Zacharias continues to appear in concerto and recital performances worldwide, and has also pursued a successful career as a conductor and conductor-performer. Since 2000, he has served as principal conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, with whom he has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings. He made his North American conducting debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has since returned for several performances. Additionally, Mr. Zacharias has conducted many top US orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. Future conductor-performer engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de Lyon, The Hague Philharmonic, and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Zacharias has been principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since the 2002-2003 season, and in 2009, he became an artistic partner of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, he embarked on an operatic conducting career with productions of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito and Offenbach's La belle Hélène. This fall, he conducted a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie.

    Highlights of recent seasons include a Haydn project with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne; as well as a recital tour with concerts in London, Paris, Brussels, Zurich, Madrid, Rome, Geneva, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. On the occasion of his 60th birthday in 2010, the Alte Oper Frankfurt arranged an "Artist's Portrait" celebration in honor of Mr. Zacharias, consisting of five concerts and three films that presented him as a pianist, conductor, chamber musician, and lied accompanist. In 2011, Mr. Zacharias became a professor at the University of Gothenburg's Academy of Music and Drama.

    In April 2012, Deutsche Grammophon will release an album of Mr. Zacharias conducting the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra with pianist Jan Lisiecki in a performance of Mozart's K. 466 and 467 concertos.

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Mozart Piano Sonata No.6 in D Major (Allegro)
Christian Zacharias, Piano
EMI Classics

At a Glance

C. P. E. BACH  Sonata in A Minor, Wq. 57, No. 2; Rondo in C Minor, Wq. 59, No. 4

These two works from the Kenner und Liebhaber (Connoisseurs and Amateurs) collection exemplify C. P. E. Bach’s penchant for jumping abruptly between short musical ideas.

JOHANNES BRAHMS  Klavierstücke, Op. 119  

Brahms’s last collection of piano pieces, Op. 119 is a collection of three intermezzos and a rhapsody that sequentially increase in tempo.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

Beethoven offers an original form with his penultimate piano sonata by intertwining the final two movements.

FRANZ SCHUBERT  Sonata in D Major, D. 850

Schubert composed this spirited sonata in the summer of 1825 while on retreat in the Austrian Alps.

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