"It was the sizzle
of the musical ensemble that seduced listeners "
Sara Parkins, violin
Sara Sant'Ambrogio, cello
The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy®-nominated Eroica
Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible
enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of
the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young
women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage
with their passionate performances. The New York Times writes, “They play
chamber music for the concert hall. There is an edge of the seat intensity
to every note they produce”. The Trio won the prestigious Naumburg Award,
resulting in a highly successful Lincoln Center debut and has since toured
the United States, Europe, and Asia. While maintaining their demanding
concert schedule, the Eroica Trio has released eight critically lauded
recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, garnering multiple Grammy®
The unique history of the players of the Eroica Trio goes all of the way
back to their childhoods. Their first connection was made when ‘cellist
Sara Sant'Ambrogio and pianist Erika Nickrenz were just 12 years old.
Sara's father, John Sant'Ambrogio, then principal ‘cellist of the Saint
Louis Symphony Orchestra, was being recorded by Erika's mother, Grammy
Award winning record producer Joanna Nickrenz. This working relationship
led to Erika joining Sara at her family's music camp in the Berkshire
Mountains, Red Fox, where Erika studied piano with Sara's grandmother,
Isabelle Sant'Ambrogio, a renowned pianist and pedagogue.
The trio's musical connection continued when, a few years later, Sara
decided to strike out on her own and attend renowned music camp Meadowmount.
There she met, played and became fast friends with violinist Sara Parkins.
After playing together that summer, Sant'Ambrogio was invited to finish
High School at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and Parkins
was accepted to attend Juilliard Pre-College where she met and started
playing with Erika. Later, Parkins decided to join Sant'Ambrogio at Curtis
where they happily renewed their personal and musical friendship. After
a year as roommates and musical collaborators, Sant'Ambrogio was invited
to attend Juilliard where she resumed playing with Erika.
A few years later, Sara Parkins and Erika Nickrenz reunited at the Tanglewood
Music Festival. That same year the Eroica Trio was formed at the Juilliard
School. This intricate web of early connections helped forge a lifelong
bond between the three women of the Eroica Trio. Their deeply personal,
passionate music-making and uncanny ensemble and chemistry onstage have
thrilled audiences world wide.
The Eroica Trio performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto more frequently
than any other trio in the world, having appeared with renowned symphonies
such as Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Nashville,
Indianapolis, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey and Seattle. In
addition, The Trio has performed the work abroad with Orquesta Sinfonica
de Euskadi in Spain, Haydn Orchestra in Italy, with the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra and Budapest Symphony in Germany, and on multiple tours in the
United States with the Cincinnati Symphony as well as with the Prague
Chamber Orchestra, culminating in a Lincoln Center performance. The Eroica
Trio's recording of the Beethoven Triple with the Prague Chamber Orchestra
was so successful it landed this piece on Billboards Top 20 for the first
time in recording history. The Trio appeared on the German television
program "Klassich!" performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the
Munich Symphony, which was aired throughout Europe. This season, they
toured North America with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under the baton
of Maestro Fabio Luisi, culminating in a performance on the “Great Performers
at Lincoln Center” series in Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
Program to be announced
"One of the top quartets before the public
- The Washington Post
Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its individual sound, inspired
artistic decisions and unique cohesiveness. Championed by members of the
Emerson String Quartet, the group were proud to be BBC New Generation
Artists for 2010-2012. Having completed a three-year residency as artists
of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's “CMS Two” programme,
the ensemble has already performed at prestigious venues and festivals
around the world including Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Symphony
Space in New York, Kennedy Center, the Louvre, Ravinia and Caramoor Festivals,
Music@Menlo, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, the City
of London Festival and a tour of China including Beijing, Shanghai and
months of its inception in 2005, the Escher String Quartet was invited
by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be the quartet-in-residence
at each artist's summer festival: The Young Artists Programme at Canada's
National Arts Centre and The Perlman Chamber Music Program on Shelter
Island, NY. The Eschers have since collaborated with artists such as Andrés
Diaz, Lawrence Dutton, Kurt Elling, David Finckel, Leon Fleisher, Vadim
Gluzman, Benjamin Grosvenor, Wu Han, Gary Hoffman, Joseph Kalichstein,
David Shifrin, Joseph Silverstein, and Pinchas Zukerman. In August 2012
the Quartet gave their BBC Proms debut, performing Hugh Wood's 4th String
2012-2013 the Quartet completed their final BBC New Generation Artists
recording project in London, as well as returning to the Wigmore Hall
following their successful debut there in February 2012. They continued
their relationship with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, curating
and performing a series of concerts celebrating the 100th anniversary
of Britten's birth. Other highlights of that season included the Library
of Congress in Washington, D.C., Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the prestigious
Agence de concerts et spectacles Cecilia in Geneva, their Austrian debut
in Eisenstadt, and concerts at several UK festivals including Paxton and
releases include the complete Zemlinsky Quartets on Naxos. Their previous
recordings include ‘Stony Brook Soundings' Vol. 1 (Bridge Records), which
features the quartet in the premiere recordings of five new works. Other
recordings include the Amy Beach Piano Quintet with Anne-Marie McDermott
for the CMS Studio Recordings label.
The Escher String Quartet takes its
name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and draws inspiration from
the artist's method of interplay between individual components working
together to form a whole.
MOZART String Quartet
in G Major, K. 387
Quartet "Ainsi la nuit"
DVORAK String Quartet
in C Major, Op. 61
radiates off the stage and saturates the hall, and it is joyously, intensely
alive. Call it star quality."
" You can't
buy it, you can't teach it. But Kern's got it. And we can be thankful
that there is an Olga Kern to carry the great tradition she represents
into the future."
-- D Magazine
as one of her generation's great pianists, Olga Kern's career began one
decade ago with her award winning gold-medal performance at the Eleventh
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. Her second catapulting
triumph came in New York City on May 4, 2004, with a highly acclaimed
New York City recital debut at Carnegie's Zankel Hall. In an unprecedented
turn of events, Olga gave a second recital eight days later in Isaac Stern
Auditorium at the invitation of Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky
and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. Winner of
the first Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition when she was seventeen,
she is a laureate of eleven international competitions and has toured
throughout her native Russia, Europe, and the United States, as well as
in Japan, South Africa, and South Korea. The recipient of an honorary
scholarship from the President of Russia in 1996, she is a member of Russia's
International Academy of Arts. She began her formal training with acclaimed
teacher Evgeny Timakin at the Moscow Central School and continued with
Professor Sergei Dorensky at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where
she was also a postgraduate student. She also studied with Professor Boris
Petrushansky at the acclaimed Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro
in Imola, Italy.
Ms. Kern's performance career has brought her to the many of the world's
most important venues, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory,
Symphony Hall in Osaka, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle
in Zurich, and the Châtelet in Paris; she has appeared as soloist
with the Kirov Orchestra, the Bolshoi Theater, the Moscow Philharmonic,
St. Petersburg Symphony, Russian National, China Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic,
La Scala Philharmonic, Torino Symphony, and Cape Town Symphony Orchestras.
She has also collaborated with the most prominent conductors in the world
today, including Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir
Spivakov, Yuri Termirkanov, Pinchas Zukerman, and James Conlon.
In addition to performing, Ms. Kern devotes her time to the support and
education of developing musicians. In 2012, the artist and her brother,
Vladimir Kern co-founded the ?Aspiration? foundation whose objective is
to provide financial and artistic assistance to musicians throughout the
With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and
extraordinary technique, the striking young Russian pianist continues
to captivate fans and critics alike. In the 2012-2013 season Olga
will perform with the Symphonies of Nashville, Pittsburgh, Detroit and
San Diego and will present recital programs in St. Louis, Dallas, and
Scottsdale, Arizona and at Lincoln Center in New York City as a part of
the Cherry Orchard Festival. In 2013, in a celebration of Rachmaninoff's
140th year, Olga Kern will perform all four Piano Concerti and the Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini in collaboration with Leonard Slatkin
and the Orchestre National De Lyon. Ms. Kern has also performed this special
program in South Africa, in Warsaw and in Arizona. Other upcoming European
appearances include performances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra,
orchestras in Germany and Poland and recitals in Italy.
In the 2011-2012 season Olga performed with the Baltimore, Houston, Saint
Louis, Colorado and Phoenix Symphonies, the Sacramento Philharmonic and
the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In February of 2012 Olga
made an extensive recital tour of North America with violinist Vladimir
Spivakov, their first chamber music collaboration outside of Europe. Summer
2011 appearances included her debut at Aspen Music Festival, a return
to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and recitals with
La Jolla Music Society and Bear Valley Music Festival
Her 2010-2011 season included opening week with the Colorado Symphony
and closing week with the Detroit Symphony, as well as subscription weeks
with Nashville, St. Louis and Pittsburgh Symphonies. She also presented
recitals at Longwood Gardens, Sanibel and Winter Park Music Festivals,
Drake University and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. At
Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall she performed Chopin's Piano Concerto
No.1 for the composer's 200th Anniversary Celebration. In April 2011,
the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Van Cliburn Foundation undertook
a special co- presentation of Olga Kern in celebration of her tremendous
success of the last ten years.
Other past seasons in North America have seen Olga perform with the symphonies
of Nashville, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, New Jersey, and
Vancouver. She has presented recital programs in the most esteemed concert
halls and alongside artists such as soprano Kathleen Battle at Carnegie
Hall and soprano Renee Fleming at Kennedy Center. Olga has toured North
America with National Philharmonic of Russia and the world renowned Moscow
Virtuosi, both led by conductor Vladimir Spivakov.
Ms. Kern has an extensive world wide reputation. Recent European appearances
have included a tour of Austria and Switzerland with the Warsaw Philharmonic
and Maestro Antoni Wit, a tour of Germany with the Czech Philharmonic
and Maestro Zdenek Maçal, performances with the orchestras Acadamy
of La Scala in Bad Kissingen and Copenhagen and Lyon, and recitals in
Milan, Hamburg and Luxembourg. She
made her London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 followed
by her Proms debut in 2008. Ms. Kern has performed recently with the Orquestra
de S?o Paulo the Seoul Philharmonic and in Mexico, Peru, Columbia, Egypt,
Morocco, Turkey, and Israel. In June of 2002, Olga Kern made an extensive
tour of South Africa where she returned to tour again in February of 2005
with her brother, Vladimir Kern, conducting. Ms. Kern was the Artistic
Director of the Cape Town Festival in South Africa from 2005 until 2010
and returns there annually.
Ms. Kern's festival appearances include the Interlochen Festival, Bravo!
Vail Festival, and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico in 2007. She has
been a recent guest artist at several international music festivals, including
the Klavier Ruhr and Kissinger Sommer festivals in Germany, the Radio-France
Montpellier and Casadesus festivals in France, the Ohrid Festival in Macedonia,
and the Busoni Festival in Italy.
Ms. Kern's discography includes Harmonia Mundi recordings of Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher
Seaman (2003), a Rachmaninoff recording of Corelli Variations and other
transcriptions (2004), a recital disk with works by Rachmaninoff and Balakirev
(2005), Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Warsaw Philharmonic and
Antoni Wit (2006), Brahms Variations (2007) and a 2010 release of Chopin
Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3 (2010). She was also featured in the award-winning
documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge. Most
recently, SONY released a recording of Ms. Kern performing the Rachmaninoff
Sonata for Violoncello and Piano with cellist Sol Gabetta.
at an Exhibition
great poet of the piano warmed his brilliantly articulated playing with
a ripe, ringing core to each note."
Dmitri Alexeev is one of the world's most highly regarded artists. His
critically praised recitals on the world's leading concert stages and
his concert appearances with the most prestigious orchestras have secured
his position as one of "the most remarkable pianists of the day"
performed with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the
five London orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic and the
Munich Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as
Ashkenazy, Boulez, Bychkov, Dorati, Gergiev, Giulini, Jansons, Muti, Pappano,
Rozhdestvensky, Salonen, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas and the late Klaus
Tennstedt to name just a few.
was born in Moscow and began to play the piano at the age of five. One
year later his talent took him to the Moscow Central Music School and
then to the Moscow Conservatoire, where his professor was the eminent
Soviet pianist Dmitri Bashkirov. Whilst pursuing graduate studies, he
participated in several international competitions, capturing top honours
at the 1969 Marguerite Long Competition in Paris, at the 1970 George Enescu
Competition in Bucharest, and at the 1974 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
In 1975 he was unanimously awarded first prize at the Leeds International
Competition in England.
of recent seasons have included several performances at the Leeds International
Recital Series, of which Alexeev was Artistic Director during 2009, a
return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Gatti, concerts with the
Helsingborg Symphony, KBS (Korea) Symphony and St. Petersburg Philharmonic
orchestras and a recital tour of Canada and North America.
Alexeev has made many fine recordings
for EMI, BMG, Virgin Classics, Hyperion and Russian labels. His discs
include piano concertos by Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich,
Scriabin, Medtner and solo works by Brahms, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt.
Following his Virgin Classics recording of the complete Rachmaninov Preludes,
which won the Edison Award in the Netherlands, BBC Music Magazine said:
"He is a pianist at once aristocratic, grand and confessionally poetic.
This is an inspiring disc."
No. 1, Op. 11
Chorus from “Tannhauser”
Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde”
SCHUBER/LISZT Der Mueller
und der Bach
LISZT/LISZT Die Loreley
CHOPIN/LISZT Five Polish
CHOPIN Two Mazurkas,
Op. 24 No. 3 and Op.7 No. 3
in a while, a performance puts all others in perspective and reminds
one that in great music there is always more to be revealed. The Vogler
Quartet offered such a performance.”
Frank Reinecke, violin
Stefan Fehlandt, viola
Stephan Forck, violoncello
The Vogler Quartet, still featuring
the four original members, has been founded in 1985. In the 28 years since
its foundation, it has secured a place for itself among the top chamber
music ensembles, thanks to its great individual and joint sill, and has
been a guest on nearly all the world‘s major concert platforms. It was
the quartet‘s sensational success at the 1986 string quartet competition
in Evian, France, where they won several prizes, that set the four musicians
on the path to a great international career.
The Vogler Quartet‘s repertoire covers both the classical literature for
string quartet from Haydn to Bartók and the Second Viennese School,
as well as lesser-known and brand-new works, giving them an unusual range.
Modern compositions have been written for them by Ian Wilson, Gerald Barry,
Frank Michael Beyer, Jörg Widmann, Mauricio Kagel, Erhard Grosskopf
The Quartet‘s versatility and openness is also reflected in their regular
cooperation with other well-known musicians, where their spectrum ranges
from a quintet featuring a piano, clarinet, viola or cello, to works scored
for an octet. One example is the CD they released in 2008 together with
the clarinettist Chen Halevi and the pianist Jascha Nemtsov with works
of the "New Jewish School", another one the glamorous cooperation with
Ute Lemper in 2012.
In the next few years, the Vogler Quartet will be adding to their alrady
extensive discography a complete recording of the Dvorak quartets, the
first double album was released in September 2012 on cpo.
The Vogler Quartet has a number of regular commitments: they have their
own recital series at the Konzerthaus Berlin, they appear at the annual
festival "Music in Drumcliffe" in the Irish town Sligo, and are responsible
for the artistic direction of the "Kammermusiktage
Homburg/Saar". In addition, they help run the children‘s music festival
in Kassel, which has won several prizes, and do a good deal of teaching
work in master classes and workshops for professional quartets both in
Europe and overseas.
From 2007 to 2012 the members of the Vogler Quartet were appointed professors
for chamber music at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule as successors to the
Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3
SCHULHOFF work TBA
Quartet in A minor "Rosamunde"
Davies Hall, her debut here, she astonished with fingers of steel, exquisite
sense of the music, melting lyricism without sentimentality — and the
whole, which was greater than its parts."
-- San Francisco Classical Voice
on 21 June 1987 in Tbilisi, Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and
her elder sister Gvantsa were introduced to the piano at an early age
by their mother, an enthusiastic music lover. Playing four handed remains
one of the sisters' favourite activities.
extraordinary talent was recognized when she was very young. Aged six,
she gave her début performance as soloist with an orchestra,
and was subsequently invited to give guest performances in Switzerland,
the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Russia, Israel
and the USA.
prefers not to be regarded as a child prodigy: virtuosity for its own
sake does not appeal to her. Above all, she embraces pianists from earlier
generations such as Rachmaninoff, Richter and Gould. She admires her
“favourite pianist”, Martha Argerich, for her uniqueness and, as a consequence,
does not view Argerich as someone she should try to emulate. And since
she regards herself as “wholly a person of the 20th century”, Khatia
does not identify so much with pianists of today.
warm, sometimes sorrowful playing may reflect a close proximity to Georgian
folk-music, which, she attests, has greatly influenced her musicality.
Critics emphasize that her playing has an aura of elegant solitude and
even melancholy, which she does not feel to be a negative attribute.
“The piano is the blackest instrument,” she says, a “symbol of musical
solitude”, which even a pianist must become accustomed to. “I have to
be psychologically strong and forget the hall if I want to share it
with the audience.”
her studies at Tbilisi's State Conservatoire, Khatia won a special prize
at the Horowitz International Competition for Young Pianists in Kiev
in 2003 as well as first prize at the Foundation to Assist Young Georgian
Musicians competition set up by Elisabeth Leonskaya. At
the 2003 Piano Competition in Tbilisi, she became acquainted with Oleg
Maisenberg, who persuaded her to transfer to Vienna's University of
Music and Performing Arts. Winner of the Bronze Medal at the 12th Arthur
Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in 2008, she was also distinguished
as the Best Performer of a Chopin piece and as Audience Favourite.
Buniatishvili has given critically acclaimed solo recitals and chamber
music concerts at such renowned venues as London's Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's
Concertgebouw and the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2008 she made her US
concert début at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), performing Chopin's
Second Piano Concerto.
BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist for 2009-2011, Khatia regularly collaborates
with BBC orchestras. In 2010 she receiveda Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award
and has been nominated by Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus as a
Rising Star for the 2011/2012 season.
2011 Khatia Buniatishvili made her recording debut with a Liszt recital
on Sony Classical, following now with her first recording accompanied
with orchestra for a Chopin album.
of the 2012/13 season included a tour with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, a tour of Japan and Europe with the
Kremerata Baltica, a tour with the Basel Chamber Orchestra under Krystian
Järvi and a tour of the United States including a series of concerts
with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski. She
also can be seen at her appearances with the Philharmonia under Paavo
Järvi, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra della Scala,
Milan,under Gianandrea Noseda, the Orchestre de Paris under Andrey Boreyko
to name only the most important. Furthermore recitals will also take
her to Singapore, Tokyo, Barcelona, Paris, London, Baden-Baden among
Khatia Buniatishvili speaks
five languages fluently and lives in Paris.
LISZT Sonata in B minor
RAVEL La Valse
“No collection of
virtuoso showpieces demands greater technical prowess than Paganini's
24 Caprices. Yet James Ehnes, whose artistry suggests that in Paganini's
age he would have enjoyed similar stature to the great man, succeeds impressively
in being more than merely thrilling…this is not simply a high-wire act.
It's playing of phenomenal
to musicianship of the highest order.”
-- The Times
for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has
performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly
in the world's great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated
orchestras and conductors.
In the 2012-2013 season James performs
in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, the
Netherlands, France, Australia and New Zealand. Season highlights include
the Brahms Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra
at New York's Avery Fisher Hall, a tour to the far north of Canada with
the National Arts Centre Orchestra, a solo violin recital at the Aix-en-Provence
Easter Festival, and return engagements with the Philharmonia, Rotterdam
Philharmonic, and San Francisco, St. Louis, Toronto, Gothenburg and City
of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. An avid chamber musician, Ehnes will
tour with his string quartet, the Ehnes Quartet, and lead the winter and
summer festivals of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where he is the
James Ehnes has an extensive discography
of over 25 recordings featuring music ranging from J.S. Bach to John Adams.
Recent projects include three CDs of the music of Béla Bartók
as well as a recording of Tchaikovsky's complete works for violin and
his ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Upcoming releases include concertos by
Britten, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. His recordings have been honored
with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone,
and 6 Juno Awards.
James Ehnes was born in 1976 in
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the age of four,
and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist
Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School
of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter
Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon
his graduation. Mr. Ehnes first gained national recognition in 1987 as
winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition.
The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music
Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13, he made his
major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
He has won numerous awards and
prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada
Council for the Arts' Virginia Parker Prize, and a 2005 Avery Fisher Career
Grant. In October 2005, James was honoured by Brandon University with
a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa) and in July 2007 he became the
youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada.
On July 1st 2010 the Governor General of Canada appointed James a Member
of the Order of Canada.
James Ehnes plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715. He currently lives
in Bradenton, Florida with his wife and daughter.
GRIEG Sonata No.
2 in G Major
in C Major