Performance Friday, November 9, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Erin Keefe
Anna Polonsky

Weill Recital Hall
Due to a treatable injury, Stefan Jackiw is unable to appear in recital on November 9. He cancels with great regret.

Erin Keefe
is quickly establishing a reputation as a compelling artist who combines exhilarating temperament and fierce integrity. The violinist has garnered praise both as a solo artist and for her work with ensembles, most notably as concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. She returns to Carnegie Hall with a program that includes Stravinsky’s Suite italienne—an arrangement of several movements from the composer’s piquant ballet Pulcinella—as well as Beethoven's calm yet playfully blissful Sonata in D Major, and works by Lutosławski and Grieg.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.


  • Erin Keefe, Violin
  • Anna Polonsky, Piano


  • BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1
  • STRAVINSKY Suite italienne
  • GRIEG Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45


  • Erin Keefe 

    American violinist Erin Keefe, who became concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2011, has established a reputation as an artist who combines exhilarating temperament and fierce integrity. She was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006 and the Pro Musicis International Award in 2009. Other honors include grand prizes at the Valsesia Musica, Torun, Schadt, and Corpus Christi international violin competitions, in addition to being silver medalist at the Carl Nielsen, Sendai, and Gyeongnam competitions.

    Ms. Keefe has appeared as soloist in recent seasons with such orchestras as the Minnesota Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra. She has also given recitals throughout the United States, Austria, Italy, Germany, Korea, Poland, Japan, and Denmark.

    Among the leading chamber musicians of her generation, Ms. Keefe has been a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2010, after previously being a member of The Chamber Music Society Two program from 2006 to 2009. She has been featured on Live from Lincoln Center in performances of works by Brahms, Schoenberg, Bach, and Corelli. Her collaborators include such artists as the Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Gary Hoffman, David Finckel, Wu Han, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, and Leon Fleisher. Ms. Keefe's festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Music from Angel Fire, and Ravinia. She also regularly performs with the Brooklyn and Boston chamber music societies.

    Ms. Keefe has recorded for the Naxos and CMS Studio Recordings labels. In January 2010, she released her first solo CD of works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel, Sibelius, Lutoslawski, and Hindemith, which she recorded with pianist Anna Polonsky.

    Ms. Keefe earned a master's degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. Her teachers have included Ronald Copes, Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt, Philip Setzer, Philipp Otto Naegele, Brian Lewis, and Teri Einfeldt. She plays on a Nicolo Gagliano violin from 1732.

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  • Anna Polonsky

    Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai string quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, Anton Kuerti, Peter Wiley, and Fred Sherry. She is regularly invited to perform chamber music at the Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor festivals, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City.

    Ms. Polonsky has given concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Alice Tully Hall, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, she was a member of Chamber Music Society Two from 2002 to 2004. In 2006, she took part in the European Broadcasting Union's project to record and broadcast all of Mozart's keyboard sonatas, and in the spring of 2007, she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of the Emerson String Quartet's Perspectives series.

    Ms. Polonsky made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She emigrated to the United States in 1990 and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her master's degree from The Juilliard School. Ms. Polonsky was a recipient of the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellowship and the 2011 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.

    With violist Michael Tree and clarinetist Anthony McGill, Ms. Polonsky is a member of the Schumann Trio. She also collaborates in a two-piano duo with her husband, pianist Orion Weiss. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College. She is a Steinway Artist.

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Lutoslawski's Subito
Erin Keefe, Violin | Anna Polonksy, Piano
Erin Keefe
Schumann's Sonata for Violin and Piano (Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck)
Erin Keefe, Violin | Anna Polonsky, Piano
Erin Keefe

At a Glance

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1

Although Beethoven's three Op. 12 sonatas received a mixed critical reception when they first appeared in 1799, they quickly took their place in the standard violin repertory. The D-Major Sonata, the first of 10 sonatas for violin and piano that Beethoven composed between 1797 and 1812, is roughly contemporary with his Op. 18 string quartets and shows his growing mastery of the chamber music idiom.

IGOR STRAVINSKY  Suite Italienne

Based on music by various 18th-century composers, Stravinsky's 1920 ballet Pulcinella has long been one of his most popular works. He made no fewer than four concert arrangements, including this six-movement suite for American violinist Samuel Dushkin. Stravinsky called his effervescent neoclassical score "the epiphany through which the whole of my late work became possible."


This short, shapely duo was the last work that Witold Lutosławski completed before his death in 1994. Commissioned as a test piece for an international violin competition, Subito combines brilliant pyrotechnical display with a command of tone color, post-tonal harmony, and formal structure that made the Polish composer one of the most compelling voices in late-20th-century music.

EDVARD GRIEG  Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45

From the time it was published in 1887, Grieg's third and last violin sonata was recognized as a masterpiece of the first order, ranking alongside the sonatas of Brahms and Franck. Grieg himself introduced the work at Leipzig's Gewandhaus with the great Russian violinist Adolph Brodsky, who had premiered Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto a few years earlier. 

Program Notes
The Distinctive Debuts series is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for the presentation of young artists provided by The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation.

Additional endowment support for international outreach has been provided by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation.
This performance is part of Distinctive Debuts.