• Thursday, Mar 24, 2011

    Russian Duo, Violist Yuri Bashmet and Pianist Evgeny Kissin Perform Rare Duo Recital, April 28


    Carnegie Hall presents the Russian duo of violist Yuri Bashmet and pianist Evgeny Kissin on Thursday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Their program includes Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor, D. 821, "Arpeggione;" Brahms’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2 (originally composed for clarinet and piano); and Shostakovich’s last work, the Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147. This Carnegie Hall performance—their first together as a duo—is the final stop on a rare three-city tour that included performances at the Chicago Symphony Center and The Arsht Center in Miami. The only previous duo recital that Mr. Kissin has performed at Carnegie Hall was with fellow pianist James Levine in 2005.

    About the Artists
    Yuri Bashmet is considered to be the pre-eminent viola player of the modern age and is the Artistic Director of the December Evenings Festival in Moscow, Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia, and the founder and director of the Moscow Soloists. Born in 1953 in Rostov-on-Don in Russia, he spent his childhood in Lviv (Ukraine) before studying at the Moscow Conservatory. His international career was launched in 1976 when he won the International Viola Competition in Munich. Since then he has appeared with the world’s great orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the New York and London philharmonics, and the London Symphony Orchestra, which presented its own Yuri Bashmet Festival. Mr. Bashmet has inspired many composers to write for him, and he has enjoyed strong personal and professional relationships with Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina. Schnittke’s Viola Concerto, written for Mr. Bashmet, is now firmly established in the repertoire. In addition, he has given the world premieres of Styx by Giya Kancheli, The Myrrh Bearer by John Tavener, and On Opened Ground by Mark-Anthony Turnage—all of which were written for him. In the realm of chamber music, his close collaborators have included Sviatoslav Richter, Gidon Kremer, Mstislav Rostropovich, Maxim Vengerov, Natalia Gutman, Viktoria Mullova, and the Borodin Quartet. A highlight of Mr. Bashmet’s many acclaimed recordings includes a Grammy Award-winning album of works by Stravinsky and Prokofiev for the Onyx record label with the Moscow Soloists. Mr. Bashmet plays a 1758 Testore viola (a similar model to the one Mozart played).

    Pianist Evgeny Kissin is considered one of the most gifted classical pianists of his generation and generations past. He is in demand the world over, and has appeared with many of the world’s great conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnányi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, and Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971 and began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of two. At six years old he entered the Moscow Gnessin School of Music, where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who has been his only teacher. He came to international attention in March 1984 when, at the age of twelve, he performed Chopin’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow State Philharmonic under Dmitri Kitaenko. Mr. Kissin’s first appearances outside Russia were in 1985 in Eastern Europe; a tour of Japan in 1986; and in December 1988 when he performed with Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 1990 Mr. Kissin made his North American debut, performing both Chopin piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta and in the same year he opened Carnegie Hall’s centennial season with a debut recital, recorded live by BMG Classics. Mr. Kissin’s recordings have also received numerous awards and accolades, including, the Edison Klassiek, Diapason d’Or, and the Grand Prix of La Nouvelle Academie du Disque. His recording of works by Scriabin, Medtner, and Stravinsky (RCA Red Seal) won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Instrumental Soloist and in 2002 he was named Echo Klassik Soloist of the Year. His most recent Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Performance (with orchestra) was awarded in 2010.

    Program Information
    Thursday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    FRANZ SCHUBERT Sonata in A Minor, D. 821, "Arpeggione"
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147

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