Performance Monday, December 24, 2012 | 7 PM

New York String Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
This group of young musicians has been lighting up the holidays with its annual Christmas Eve concert for more than 40 years. This season, Jaime Laredo and the New York String Orchestra return with pianist Jonathan Biss, who performs Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto. Also on the program: a Mozart overture and Haydn’s “London” Symphony.


  • New York String Orchestra
    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
  • Jonathan Biss, Piano


  • MOZART Overture to La clemenza di Tito
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major
  • HAYDN Symphony No. 104, "London"


  • New York String Orchestra

    One of the country's most acclaimed professional training programs, the New York String Orchestra Seminar was created in 1969 by arts manager Frank Salomon for violinist and conductor Alexander "Sasha" Schneider. Sasha inspired a generation of musicians with his deep commitment to young artists; prior to his death, he chose Jaime Laredo to succeed him as director. In its 43-year history, the seminar has introduced more than 2,000 exceptional young musicians to new musical ideas, offering them the challenge of performing two professional-level concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. There is no application fee to apply, and all participants receive full scholarships.

    Seminar alumni are found in leadership roles around the world. They include cellist Yo-Yo Ma; violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Kyoko Takezawa, and Shlomo Mintz; members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Orion, Johannes, Takács, and Kronos string quartets; concertmasters and members of the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and MET orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, and the Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, and National symphonies; conductors Peter Oundjian, Joseph Swensen, Douglas Boyd, and Marin Alsop; and faculty members of the most distinguished conservatories and universities in the US.

    This year, the 62 New York String Orchestra members (ages 15-22) are from conservatories, colleges, and high schools across the US and Canada. Selected through highly competitive national auditions, students give up their winter holidays to come to New York City for 10 days of intensive orchestral rehearsals and chamber music sessions with master artists, including members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Orion, and Guarneri string quartets. The 2012 faculty includes Daniel Druckman*, Bart Feller*, Pamela Frank*, Mark Gould, Bonnie Hampton, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin*, Peter Lloyd*, Raymond Mase, Frank Morelli, Duncan Patton, Kurt Muroki*, Daniel Phillips*, Samuel Rhodes, Sharon Robinson, Stewart Rose, Sylvia Rosenberg, Stephen Shipps*, Laurie Smukler*, Linda Strommen*, Steven Tenenbom*, Michael Tree*, Peter Wiley*, Carol Wincenc, and Hiroko Yajima (*NYSOS alumni).

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar is a program of Mannes College The New School for Music's New School Concerts Department, administration: Frank Salomon, founding director; Rohana Elias-Reyes, director; music advisors Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, and Michael Tree; Advisory Committee members Dominick DeRiso, Mark Epstein, Fiona Morgan Fein, Bart Feller, Theodore Harris, Elisabeth Lorin, Frank Salomon, Linda Strommen, Jani Tree, and Helen Wright.

    New School Concerts thanks the conductor, coaches, soloists, audition panelists and advisors for their invaluable contributions to the project, and the many others whose time, effort, and resources make the seminar possible. Our thanks to the Cleveland Institute of Music, The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Hyperbolic Audio, Manhattan School of Music, Rice University's The Shepherd School of Music, and the Wellington Hotel. We thank Nathan Cole, Bart Feller, Valerie Feuer, Laura Flax, Ida Kavafian, Dean Richard Kessler, Julie Landsman, Diane Lesser, Julia Lichtman, Don Liuzzi, Mary Malin, Raymond Mase, Frank Morelli, Kurt Muroki, Tara O'Connor, Susan Sawyer, Michael Seabrook, Stephen Shipps, Linda Strommen, Steven Tenenbom, Jonathan Vinocour, and Hiroko Yajima for their extra efforts on behalf of the project. Additionally, we are grateful to Carnegie Hall's administration and staff, whose efforts go into making the New York String Orchestra Seminar a success.

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    Jaime Laredo

    Performing across the globe for more than five decades, Jaime Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist, pedagogue, and chamber musician. Since his stunning San Francisco Symphony debut at the age of 11, he has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics, and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances. Mr. Laredo's education and development were greatly influenced by his teachers Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, as well as by private coachings with eminent masters Pablo Casals and George Szell. At the age of 17, he won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, launching his rise to international prominence.

    In the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Laredo tours as conductor, soloist, and member of the award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Mr. Laredo and his colleague and former student Jennifer Koh embark together on a project called Two x Four, which celebrates the relationship between teacher and student through music. They perform double violin concertos by Bach, Philip Glass, and two newly commissioned works by composers Anna Clyne and David Ludwig. This season, Mr. Laredo and Ms. Koh also perform with the IRIS Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Laredo has made close to 100 recordings, including a Grammy Award-winning disc of Brahms piano quartets with Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, and Yo-Yo Ma. His numerous releases range from the complete Bach sonatas with Glenn Gould (CBS/RCA) to Triple Doubles, a 2011 album with Sharon Robinson and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra that includes three double concerto premieres by Daron Hagen, Richard Danielpour, and David Ludwig.

    Mr. Laredo's stewardships of the annual New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis have become beloved educational pillars of the string community. This year marks the beginning of his tenure at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He concurrently holds director positions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music at 92Y series in New York, and Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati.

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  • Jonathan Biss

    Jonathan Biss has appeared with the foremost orchestras of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Widely regarded not only for his artistry and poetic interpretations but also for his deep musical curiosity, Mr. Biss performs a diverse repertoire that ranges from Mozart and Beethoven to Janáček and Schoenberg, as well as works by contemporary composers, including commissions from Leon Kirchner, Lewis Spratlan, and Bernard Rands. He has recently embarked on a new project that explores Robert Schumann's role in musical history called Schumann: Under the Influence. The initiative features Mr. Biss and several collaborators around the world in performances of Schumann's work, music by his notable influences, and selections from his long list of successors, ranging from Berg and Janáček to Timothy Andres.

    Mr. Biss's recordings include an album of Schubert sonatas and two short Kurtág pieces, named by   NPR Music   as one of the best albums of the year. His recent albums for EMI won a Diapason d'Or and an Edison Award. In January 2012, Onyx Classics released the first CD of a nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven's complete sonatas. His most recent CD, featuring Schumann and Dvořák piano quintets, was recorded with Elias String Quartet.

    Mr. Biss made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York String Orchestra in 1999. He studied at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was appointed to the piano faculty in 2010. His bestselling e-Book Beethoven's Shadow, published by RosettaBooks in 2011, was the first Kindle Single to be written by a classical musician. He followed up with the e-Book A Pianist Under the Influence, a personal introduction to the music of Schumann. His blog can be found at, featuring music ruminations, reflections about his life as a musician, and interviews. 

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Haydn's Symphony in D, H.I No.104, "London", 4. Finale (Spiritoso)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra | Sir Colin Davis, Conductor

At a Glance

With three iconic composers and their archetypal works, tonight's performance celebrates the Classical style. The concert opens with Mozart's majestic and jubilant overture to his penultimate opera La clemenza di Tito and continues with Beethoven's youthful B-flat-Major Concerto, which showcases the composer's lyrical side. The evening closes with Haydn's last symphony—characteristically humor-filled and rustic, it is the crowning achievement of his orchestral works.

Though these pieces were written and premiered within five years of each other, the composers were in very different, yet equally pivotal stages of their lives and careers: Mozart, only a few months away from death; Beethoven, a young composer and virtuoso pianist on the verge of fame in Vienna; and Haydn, a "retired" court musician experiencing huge financial and artistic success in London.

It is also important to note that all three composers were centered in Vienna and had relationships with one another. Beethoven performed for Mozart as a teenager and studied later with Haydn. Haydn and Mozart were friends and played in a string quartet together. Mozart's Requiem  was played at Haydn's funeral. The programming tonight showcases this Classical triumvirate whose musical styles and life events are inextricably linked.
Program Notes
This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Stella and Robert Jones.
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