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THE 2015 SEASON IN WALNUT CREEK

 

RENAUD CAPUCON, violin
and KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI, piano

Sat, Feb. 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm

SITKOVETSKY TRIO

Sat, March 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm 

PACIFICA QUARTET

Sat, March 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

ARTEMIS QUARTET

Sat, April 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm 

NIKOLAY KHOZYAINOV

Sat, May 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

All performances will be in the Margaret Lesher Theatre.

 

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RENAUD CAPUÇON, violin
and KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI, piano

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM

 

DVORAK Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75
GRIEG Sonata No. 3 in C minor
, Op. 45
FRANCK Sonata

 

 

 

"They conjure a swooningly powerful and rich sound"

— The Telegraph (review of Capuçon and Buniatishvili recital at Wigmore Hall)

Born in Chambéry in 1976, violinist Renaud Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fourteen, winning numeours awards during his five years there. Following this, Capuçon moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern, and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, Capuçon was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Moest and Abbado himself.

 

Since this time, Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. He has played concerti with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic under Haitink and Robertson, the Boston Symphony under Dohnanyi, the Orchestre de Paris under Eschenbach and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra under Dudamel. He also appears regularly in solo recitals, most recently performing complete Beethoven violin sonata cycles worldwide.

 

Capuçon has a great commitment to performing chamber music and has worked with Argerich, Barenboim, Bronfman, Grimaud, Kovacevich, Pires, Pletnev, Repin, Bashmet and Mørk, as well as with his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon. These collaborations have taken him to the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg, Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastian, Stresa, Tanglewood and many others.

 

Capuçon records exclusively for EMI/Virgin Classics. His recent Fauré chamber music CD with Nicholas Angelich, Gautier Capuçon, Michel Dalberto, Gérard Caussé and Ebène Quartet won the Echo Klassik Prize. He has just released a CD recording of Brahms/Berg Concertos with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Daniel Harding. Since 2007 Renaud Capuçon has been an Ambassador for the Zegna & Music project, which was founded in 1997 as a philanthropic activity to promote music and its values.

 

Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern, bought for him by the Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI). In June 2011 he was appointed “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the French Government.

MR. CAPUCON''S WEBSITE

Born in 1987 in Tbilisi, Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili gave her début performance with orchestra at age six, and was subsequently invited to give guest performances in Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Russia, Israel and the USA.

During her studies at Tbilisi’s State Conservatoire, she won a special prize at the Horowitz Competition for Young Pianists in Kiev in 2003, and soon after transferred 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.

 

In 2010 Khatia received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and was included in the BBC series on New Generation Artists. The Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus nominated her as Rising Star for the 2011–12 season. Another milestone in 2012 was the selection of Khatia Buniatishvili as Best Newcomer of the Year in the Echo Klassik awards.

 

She has given critically acclaimed recitals 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 with orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

In 2011 Khatia Buniatishvili made her recording debut with a Liszt recital on Sony Classical, followed with a recording of the Chopin concertos.

 

Khatia Buniatishvili has been invited to play with such orchestras as the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France under Daniele Gatti and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. She can also often be heard in performances of chamber music: in a trio with Gidon Kremer, with Renaud Capuçon or also with her sister Gvantsa.

 

In 2013–14 Khatia was part of the breathtaking show Art on Ice; other highlights included recitals in the Vienna Musikverein, Salle-Pleyel in Paris, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Wigmore Hall in London, as well as tours in China and North America and concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel.

Khatia Buniatishvili speaks five languages and lives in Paris.

MS BUNIATISHVILI'S WEBSITE

Concert sponsored by the Diablo Regional Arts Association

SITKOVETSKY TRIO

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM

BEETHOVEN Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 10 No. 2

MENDELSSOHN Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

BRAHMS Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

 

 

"The Sitkovetsky Trio pulled out all the stops in an outstanding recital"

—The Sydney Morning Herald

Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin

Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

Wu Qian, piano

 

First prizewinner of the International Commerzbank Chamber Music Award 2008 and recipients of the NORDMETALL Chamber Music Award at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival 2009, the Sitkovetsky Trio is a collaboration between three young musicians who share a passion for Chamber Music. Having met and worked together at the Yehudi Menuhin School, they founded the trio in 2007 and have emerged as one of the outstanding trios of today, receiving numerous awards and critical acclaim. They have won the Philharmonia-Martin Chamber Music Award, the Kirckman Society Award, the Tillett Trust, and are supported by the Hattori Foundation, the Fidelio Trust, the Music Benevolent Fund and the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation. They held the Junior Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music 2007-2008, and from 2008 to 2010 they received multiple fellowships at the Trinity College of Music, resulting in many performances at the College and across London.

 

The trio recently debuted at the Wigmore Hall and was immediately re-invited for two more performances. In 2011-2012, the trio held a three concert residency at the King's Place in London, another three concert residency at the Kettle's Yard in Cambridge as well as various recitals in the UK and abroad including a re-invitation to Bath's Mozartfest. They were Trio in Residence at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival's Chamber Music week and  performed the Beethoven Triple there in the summer of 2012 with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin.

 

They then made a highly successful Southbank debut, playing a recital in the Purcell Room, and were subsequently invited to play for Her Majesty the Queen in London.

 

Other notable appearances have included the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Vancouver Recital Society and tours to Australia and China.  In short, this young group is taking the musical world by storm!

ARTIST'S' WEBSITE

Concert sponsored by Denise and Ed Del Beccaro

PACIFICA QUARTET

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015 at 2:30 PM

HAYDN Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4 "Sunrise"

LIGETI Quartet No. 1 "Metamorphoes nocturnes"

BEETHOVEN Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2

 

 

 

 

 

"They play with clarity and dark intensity, superbly sustained." 

—The Times (London)

Simin Ganatra, violin
Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin
Masumi Per Rostad, viola
Brandon Vamos, violoncello


Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009 – 2012) – a position that has otherwise been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet – and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

 

Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2002 the ensemble was honored with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and the appointment to Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, becoming only the second chamber ensemble so honored in the Grant’s long history. Also in 2006 the Quartet was featured on the cover of Gramophone and heralded as one of “five new quartets you should know about,” the only American quartet to make the list. And in 2009, the Quartet was named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America.

 

The Pacifica Quartet has carved a niche for itself as the preeminent interpreter of string quartet cycles, harnessing the group’s singular focus and incredible stamina to portray each composer’s evolution, often over the course of just a few days. Having given highly acclaimed performances of the complete Carter cycle in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Houston; the Mendelssohn cycle in Napa, Australia, New York, and Pittsburgh; and the Beethoven cycle in New York, Denver, St. Paul, Chicago, Napa, and Tokyo (in an unprecedented presentation of five concerts in three days at Suntory Hall), the Quartet presented the monumental Shostakovich cycle in Chicago and New York during the 2010-2011 season and in Montreal and at London’s Wigmore Hall in the 2011-2012 season. The Quartet has been widely praised for these cycles, with critics calling the concerts “brilliant,” “astonishing,” “gripping,” and “breathtaking.”

The members of the Pacifica Quartet live in Bloomington, IN, where they serve as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at the Jacobs School of Music. Prior to their appointment, the Quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 2003 to 2012. The Pacifica Quartet also serves as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago.

ARTIST'S WEBSITE

Concert sponsored by the Sol and Janet Weingarten Charible Trust

ARTEMIS QUARTET

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM

BEETHOVEN Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1

SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 5 in B Major, Op. 92

TCHAIKOVSKY Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

 

 

 

 

“The Artemis Quartet plays with vigor, brilliance, and sensitivity. More than that, its performances have clarity of conception and unfussy directness”

—The New York Times

Vineta Sareika, violin

Gregor Sigl, violin

Friedemann Weigle, viola

Eckart Runge, cello

 

The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 in Lübeck and is recognized today as one of the foremost quartets in the world. Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999, the quartet has performed in all the great music centers and at international festivals throughout Europe, the US, Japan, South America, and Australia.

 

As a celebration of its special affinity for Beethoven's music, as well as its 20th anniversary as an ensemble, the quartet embarked on a Beethoven cycle in 2009, which was performed over two seasons in Berlin, Brussels, Florence, Cologne, London, Paris, and Rome. The project culminated in a recording of the complete quartets on Virgin Classics / EMI. Beethoven: Complete String Quartets was awarded the prestigious French Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros.

 

Since 2004, the Artemis Quartet has programmed its own critically renowned series at the Berlin Philharmonie and, in addition, was named quartet in residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2011.

 

The Artemis Quartet has had an exclusive recording contract with Virgin Classics / EMI since 2005, and its discography is extensive. The quartet's recordings have been recognized with the prestigious Gramophone Award, as well as the Diapason d'Or and two ECHO Klassik awards.

In addition to their concert careers, the four musicians are professors at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.

ARTIST'S WEBSITE

Concert sponsored by Myrna and Robert Witt

NIKOLAY KHOZYAINOV, piano

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 at 2:30 PM

 

CHOPIN Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2
CHOPIN Nocturne Op. 27 No. 1
CHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F Major
HAYDN Mazurkas Op. 7

CHOPIN Barcarolle
HAYDN Sonata No. 34 in D Major
LISZT Feux Follets
LISZT Dante Sonata
MOZART/LISZT Marriage of Figaro

 

 

"His playing was remarkable for its clarity, transparency of sound and the finesse of expressive detail."

—The Sydney Morning Herald

 

 

Nikolay Khozyainov, born in 1992 in Blagoveshchensk, Russia (3,500 miles east of Moscow) is one of the most promising pianists of his generation, showing musical integrity and a maturity beyond his years.

 

He was the winner of the 1st Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition in May 2012 and 2nd Prize at the 2012 Sydney International Competition.  Although the youngest finalist in Sydney, he was given awards there for the best performance of a work by Liszt and Schubert, best concerto performance, best virtuoso performance and the People`s Choice Prize.

Mr. Khozyainov began playing piano of his own accord when he was just 5 years old. From 1999 to 2010 he studied at the Central Musical School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and since 2005 has been studying with Mikhail Voskresensky.

 

Nikolay Khozyainov is the winner of numerous awards in international piano competitions, including the 1st prize and a special prize the International Piano Competition "Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte"(Czech Republic, 2003), 1st Prize at the Carl Filtsch Piano Competition (Romania, 2004), 1st Prize at the Scriabin International Piano Competition in Paris (2008) and 2nd prize and special award at the Moscow International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists.

 

In 2010, he was the youngest finalist of the Warsaw Chopin Competition. His interpretations of Chopin and his unique musicality made an enormous impression on audience and critics alike. Directly after the competition, the pianist was invited to give recitals at Chopin`s birthplace and in the Chopin Museum in Warsaw.

Mr. Khozyainov has performed in Russia, Belorus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, France, USA and Japan. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. His first CD of Chopin and Liszt, recorded at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, was released on the Accord label in 2011 and is available on the Naxos website.  In 2012 the Chopin Institute in Warsaw issued Nikolay`s CD recorded live during the 2010 Chopin Competition.  In October 2012 a CD recorded for JVC Viktor company was released in Japan.

In the 12-13 season Nikolay Khozyainov performed in Japan, the USA (including his Carnegie Hall debut), Mexico and Europe.  In the 13-14 season he performed throughout Austria, Germany, Poland and France and made his Wigmore Hall debut.

Concert sponsored by Denise and Michael Weiner