Sir John Eliot Gardiner on the Beethoven Symphonies
Beethoven’s Symphonies and the Empire of the Mind
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Speaker
with William Kinderman, Moderator
Robin Michael, Principal Cello
Anneke Scott, Principal Horn
Event DurationThe event will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is revered as one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic musicians, and as a leader in the contemporary musical world. His work—as founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique—has made him a key figure of the early-music revival and historically informed performance practice.
Mr. Gardiner is a regular guest of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, conducting repertoire from the 16th to the 20th centuries. He has also conducted productions at the Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. From 1983 to 1988, he was artistic director of the Opéra National de Lyon, where he founded its new orchestra.
Mr. Gardiner’s broad repertoire is illustrated by his extensive catalog of award-winning recordings on both major labels and his own Soli Deo Gloria with the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, as well as other leading orchestras. He holds two Grammy Awards and has received more Gramophone Classical Music Awards than any other living artist.
Recent achievements with the ensembles include the award-winning Monteverdi 450 tour; a reprise of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, which toured to some of Europe’s most famous concert halls and churches; a five-year exploration of Berlioz’s major works to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death; and a landmark performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Westminster Cathedral to aid Cancer Research UK. In 2019, Mr. Gardiner conducted new productions of Handel’s Semele and Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, and made debut performances in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, and Russia.
An authority on the music of J. S. Bach, Mr. Gardiner’s book Music in the Castle of Heaven was published in October 2013 by Allen Lane, earning the France Musique des Muses Prize. Among numerous awards in recognition of his work, Mr. Gardiner holds several honorary doctorates; he was elevated to knighthood for his services to music in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
William Kinderman has been described by Alfred Brendel as a “very rare bird” on account of his ability to combine scholarship and performance. His most recent book is Beethoven: A Political Artist in Revolutionary Times. His other books include Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations; Artaria 195: Beethoven’s Sketchbook for the Missa solemnis and the Piano Sonata in E Major, Opus 109; Mozart’s Piano Music; Beethoven; The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtág; and Wagner’s Parsifal. He is a distinguished pianist and has recorded Beethoven’s later piano works; his double-album Beethoven: Diabelli Variations is available from Arietta Music.
Mr. Kinderman’s research has probed the creative process of important composers from the 18th century to the present. His Beethoven research and performances provided inspiration for the Broadway play 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman. In 2010, he received a research prize for lifetime achievement from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2019, he became professor and inaugural Leo M. Klein and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies at the Herb Alpert School of Music of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was previously professor at the University of Illinois, and has been a guest professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Berlin University of the Arts, and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. During the 2016–2017 season, he was a director’s fellow at the International Research Center for the Cultural Studies in Vienna. He served as a scholar advisor for Vienna’s first Beethoven Museum in Heiligenstadt, which opened in 2017. Recently, he has extended his activities into musical composition.
During the Beethoven anniversary year, Mr. Kinderman will be presenting concerts, lecture recitals, and lectures in cities that include Philadelphia, Houston, Boston, Oxford, Berlin, Bonn, Vienna, Jena, Taipei, Beijing, and Shanghai. He is planning major conferences devoted to Beethoven this fall in Bonn and at UCLA.
Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange, Colin Carr, and later Ferenc Rados. He is principal cellist of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and solo cellist with Les Siècles, as well as a regular guest principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, English National Opera, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Mr. Michael was the cellist in the Fidelio Trio for more than 10 years, with whom he toured to North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has also appeared in collaboration with the Dante and Eroica quartets. Highlights from his discography include the first recordings of a cello concerto by Joe Cutler, as well as the original version of Mendelssohn’s Octet on period instruments.
Recent concert highlights include performances of the complete cycles of the Bach and Britten suites in France and London, the South Korean premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Advaya for Cello and Electronics, both Haydn concertos in South Africa, and appearances at festivals in Aldeburgh, Buenos Aires, Cheltenham, Orkney, and Washington, DC.
Anneke Scott is a leading exponent of historical horn playing. Her work takes her around the globe and throughout the centuries of music with a repertoire that incorporates music and instruments from the late 17th century through to the present day.
Ms. Scott is principal horn of a number of internationally renowned period instrument ensembles, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and English Baroque Soloists, as well as Pygmalion, The Sixteen, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Dunedin Consort, and many others. In addition, she is in great demand, appearing regularly as a guest principal with orchestras and ensembles worldwide.
Ms. Scott enjoys an international solo career and discography that embraces three centuries of virtuosic horn works. An expert in the Baroque horn repertoire, she frequently collaborates in performances of the famed obligato arias of Bach and Handel, as well as concerto solos from the period. Her critically acclaimed recordings include three discs that focus on the music of the leading Parisian horn player of the 19th century, Jacques-François Gallay.
Ms. Scott enjoys collaborating with a wide group of musicians and is a key member of a number of chamber music ensembles, including period brass ensembles The Prince Regent’s Band, Boxwood & Brass, Syrinx, and ensembleF2. She regularly works with leading period keyboardists, including Steven Devine, Neal Peres da Costa, Geoffrey Govier, and Kathryn Cok, and period harpist Frances Kelly.
Visit annekescott.com to learn more.