THE 2018 SEASON IN WALNUT CREEK

 

JAMES EHNES

Sat, Feb. 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

MICHAEL SCHADE

Sun, Feb. 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm 

ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT

Sun, March 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm

ARTEMIS QUARTET

Sat, April 14, 2018 at 2:30 pm 

ALEXANDER GAVRYLYUK

Sat, May 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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FOR THE 2018 SEASON IN WALNUT CREEK,

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JAMES EHNES, violin
with ORION WEISS, piano

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018 at 2:30 PM

PROGRAM To Be Announced

 

 

“One could only wonder if there's a finer violinist alive than James Ehnes. Here were luminous tone and impeccable technique.”

—Dallas Morning News

Hailed as “the Jascha Heifetz of our day” (Globe and Mail), violinist James Ehnes is widely considered one of the most dynamic and exciting performers in classical music.

He is in great demand worldwide, performing regularly in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway.

He has performed with such UK orchestras as the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the London, Bournemouth, and Birmingham symphonies.  European orchestras include the Wiener Symphoniker, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, and the Finnish Radio Orchestra. In Asia he has performed with the NHK Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Malaysian Philharmonic.

In recital, Mr. Ehnes has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, in the Netherlands, in Colombia, and throughout the United States.  His recital partners include such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Louis Lortie and Yo-Yo Ma.

His recordings have been showered with international awards, including a GRAMMY, a GRAMOPHONE, and six JUNO Awards. About his 2009 recording of Paganini’s 24 CapricesThe Times wrote “Ehnes’s artistry suggests that in Paganini's age he would have enjoyed similar stature to the great man.”  His most recent CD of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto has earned raves worldwide: “dazzling” (Classic FM), “a pure delight” (BBC Music Magazine), and “It just doesn’t get any better than this” (MusicWeb International).

Ehnes plays the "Ex Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715 and gratefully acknowledges its extended loan from the Fulton Collection.

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MICHAEL SCHADE, tenor
and LIVIA SOHN, violin

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Program will include arrangements Fritz Kreisler created to perform with legendary tenor John McCormack.

 

 

Tenor Michael Schade frequently performs at the Metropolitan Opera, the Munich Opera. the Canadian Opera Company, at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Liceu Barcelona, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Opéra Bastille in Paris. He has sung at the Hamburg State Opera, at the Theater an der Wien under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Berg’s LULU with Fabio Luisi at the Metropolitan Opera.

A longtime favorite at the Salzburg Festival, Schade has appeared in new stagings of many of Mozart’s operas, as well as Haydn’s CREATION and SEASONS under the baton of Harnoncourt and Schubert’s DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN with Rudolf Buchbinder.

He has earned a stellar reputation as a concert and recital soloist, being frequently invited to perform with the leading orchestras under such conductors as Boulez, Bychkov, Chailly, von Dohnányi, Gergiev, Jansons, Levine, Luisi, Mehta, Muti, and Rattle.

Recently Schade sang Mozart's REQUIEM with Zubin Mehta and the Munich Philharmonic, a concert version of Beethoven's LEONORE at the Theater an der Wien, MEISTERSINGER at Glyndebourne, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra under the baton of Myung Whun-Chung and Mahler's 8th Symphony under Paavo Järvi.

As a recitalist he has charmed audiences at every major venue, including the Musikverein, Konzerthaus and State Opera in Vienna, the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Verbier Festival and La Scala in Milan.

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Violinist Livia Sohn has performed in North America with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Seattle, Milwaukee, Edmonton, Rochester, Austin, Phoenix, , Boston Pops, Brooklyn Philharmonic,  San Antonio, Oregon, Hartford, Boca Raton, Louisville and Aspen Festival Orchestra, among others.

Internationally, she has performed with the Budapest Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Cologne Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Hungarian Radio Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Czech National Symphony, The City of London Sinfonia, Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and China’s Wuhan Philharmonic, among others.

Livia has performed at festivals such as the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, Cartagena Festival in Colombia, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen, Caramoor, Newport, Bay Chamber Concerts, Maverick Concerts, Brevard Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Prince Albert Festival in Hawaii and Festival de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. She has performed at Carnegie hall with her piano trio “Latitude 41.”

She has appeared in recital at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Ravinia, the National Gallery in D.C, Stanford University, the Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, University of Connecticut and the Broad Stage in Los Angeles.

Livia Sohn has been on faculty at the Music Department of Stanford University since 2005 and makes her home in the Bay Area.

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ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM

SCHUMANN Three Romances, Op. 94
STRAVINSKY Petrushka Suite
RAVEL Introduction & Allegro for Flute, Clarinet, Harp and Strings
BRAHMS Intermezzo op. 117, #2
SCHUMANN Intermezzo from Faschingsschwank aus Wien
SCHUMANN Piano Quintet

 

 

“A band of world-class soloists, in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one.”

—Time Out New York

Founded in 2008, the Israeli Chamber Project brings together some of today’s most distinguished musicians for chamber music concerts and educational and outreach programs both in Israel and abroad. An remarkable, distinctive group comprising strings, winds, harp, and piano, the ICP was named the winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award.

The ensemble is based both in Israel and in New York; among its members are prize-winners at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Russia, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition.

The ICP’s performances have garnered rave reviews and established the ensemble as a major artistic force on both sides of the Atlantic. The groups has appeared on some of the premier chamber music series in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and New York, as well as in remote towns where access to live chamber music is extremely rare. Guest artists on recent ICP tours have included the Guarneri String Quartet’s Michael Tree and Peter Wiley, Joshua Smith (the Cleveland Orchestra’s principal flutist) as well as European soloists Antje Weithaas and Liza Ferschtman.

In New York, the ICP has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Morgan Library, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic and at Symphony Space in New York City; other series include the Morrison Artists Series in San Francisco, Carmel Music Society, The Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, and Ottawa’s Chamberfest, among others.  Highlights of the 2016-17 season include the ensemble's first appearances in Vancouver and Calgary and a new residency at New York's Baruch College. ​

The ensemble has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and on WQXR radio’s Young Artist Showcase. Its debut CD “Opus 1” was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim: the American Record Guide raved “These players have to be heard to be believed.”

The ICP’s program for us will include Ravel’s ravishing (but rarely heard) Introduction and Allegro for Flute, Clarinet, Harp and String Quartet.

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ARTEMIS QUARTET

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM

MOZART Quartet in F Major, K. 590
BEETHOVEN Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3
SCHUMANN Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1


 

"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

The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the University of Music Lübeck, went on to win first prizes at the ARD and the Premio Borciani competitions, and today is counted among the foremost quartets of the world.

The Quartet gives concerts at all the great musical centres and international festivals in Europe, the United States, Asia, South America and Australia. Since 2004 the ensemble curates its own seasons at the Berlin Philharmonie, since 2011 at the Wiener Konzerthaus (together with the Belcea Quartet) and as of 2016/2017 at Prince Regent Theatre Munich.

The Artemis Quartet has toured and made recordings with such colleagues as Sabine Meyer, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Jörg Widmann, Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk as well as Thomas Kakuska and Valentin Erben from Alban Berg Quartet.

Since 2005 the Artemis Quartet has recorded exclusively for Virgin (now Erato) and has created a large discography. Their recordings have been repeatedly awarded the The German Record Critic’s Award, the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’Or as well as the ECHO Klassik. Their complete recording of Beethoven’s quartets was honoured with the important French Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros in 2011.

Most recently, a Mendelssohn disc was released in 2014, and – dedicated to Friedemann Weigle – a recording of Brahms quartets, released in fall 2015, won The German Record Critic’s Award.

Contemporary music is important to the ensemble and composers such as Mauricio Sotelo, Jörg Widmann, Daniel Schnyder and Thomas Larcher have written works for the Artemis Quartet. The group launched their own contest for musical composition in 2015; the first awardee was Eduard Demetz, and his String Quartet No. 2 received its premiere in 2016.

In addition to their concert careers, the four musicians teach as professors at University of the Arts Berlin and Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.

After the tragic death of the group’s violist Friedemann Weigle in July 2015, the Artemis Quartet restructured itself in the beginning of 2016 with Anthea Kreston as second violin, and  Gregor Sigl moving from second violin to viola.

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ALEXANDER GAVRYLYUK, piano

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 at 2:30 PM

BACH/BUSONI Toccata and Fugue in D minor
HAYDN Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob. XV!:32

CHOPIN Etudes, Op. 10 (selections)
SCRIABIN Sonata No. 5
RACHMANINOV Preludes, Op. 23 (selections) 
RACHMANINOV Sonata No. 2

 

 


"Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade. Every time, he enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing.”

—De Telegraaf

This Ukrainian artist is an incandescent virtuoso in the spirit of Horowitz; his playing generates a level of visceral excitement rarely experienced by audiences..  He won the Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz Competition, the Gold Medal at the Hamamatsu Competition in 2000 and, in 2005, the Gold Medal at the prestigious Arthur Rubinstein Competition.  Gavrylyuk brandishes a jaw-dropping technique, but his playing is always informed by a sensitive and profound musicianship.

He has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam as well as the Royal Scottish National, NHK Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Hallé, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Brussels Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony, Russian National Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Sao Paolo Symphony, among others.

He collaborates with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Karabits, Louis Langrée, Vladimir Spivakov and Osmo Vänska. He has performed the complete Rachmaninov concerto cycle with both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (with Neeme Järvi) and the Vancouver Symphony (with Bramwell Tovey).  

Gavrylyuk’s solo recitals are highly acclaimed.  He performs regularly at the Master Pianist Series at the Concertgebouw, as well as at the Vienna Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich and Victoria Hall Geneva.

He regularly tours Japan (selling out Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City), Russia (giving recitals at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and at the Kremlin) and annually returns to Australia, where he spent his formative years, for concertos and recitals.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerto performances with Valeriy Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and a tour of Asia with the Cincinnati Symphony. His tour of Australia includes concerto appearances with several orchestras.. He will make his debut at the International Piano Series in London as well as giving solo recitals throughout Europe and North America and appearing in duo recital with Janine Jansens throughout Europe.

Alexander Gavrylyuk is a Steinway Artist. 

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