Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive artists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence and dynamic personality. Alon's artistic vision and innovative programming have made him a favorite with audiences and critics alike throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. He made his orchestral debut at the age of eighteen with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and in April of 2008 returned with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt in Beethoven Concerto No. 1. In recent seasons Alon has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Vancouver, Kansas City and North Carolina Symphonies, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and orchestras on tour in Paris, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria.
His 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons include his successful debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski playing Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1, a return to the IRIS Orchestra for Saint Saëns Concerto No. 2 with Michael Stern, Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with Jaime Laredo, and the Vermont Symphony, which resulted in an immediate re-engagement, Avner Dorman's Lost Souls with the Santa Barbara Symphony under Nir Kabaretti. He will be heard in Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Leon Fleisher conducting, and other upcoming orchestral appearances include the Knoxville Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Jacksonville Symphony. Among his recital and chamber music concerts were critically acclaimed performances in Beijing, Guatemala City, Kent, Chicago, Los Angeles, Coral Gables, Seattle, St. Paul, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Paris, amongst others. Upcoming engagements include the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, as well as appearances with the Tokyo String Quartet in New York, at Northwestern University, and at The Krannert Center of the University of Illinois.
Highlights of recent seasons include his Carnegie Hall debut in the Mozart Triple Concerto with Joseph Kalichstein and Shai Wosner, as well as performing two world premieres; the aforementioned Lost Souls piano concerto written for him by rising star Israeli composer Avner Dorman with the Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern, and a concerto by Mark Kopytman with Avner Biron and the Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra. Summer 2010 and 2011 included master classes at Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, New York's International Keyboard Festival, and recitals in Paris, England and Israel. Goldstein was a featured panelist at the 2010 Conference of the League of American Orchestras discussing his recent Beethoven concerto cycle with the Rockford Symphony, which expanded the traditional concert experience to a multi-media presentation contextualizing Beethoven's life and work, and resulted in unprecedented attendance and a subsequent surge in subscriptions. Other 2009-10 season appearances with orchestra included Chopin Concerto No. 2 with the Delaware Symphony, Mozart Concerto K. 453 with the Jerusalem Symphony, and a return engagement with the Bucharest Philharmonic 'George Enescu'.
He is the winner of numerous competitions, among them the Arianne Katcz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Nena Wideman Competition in the U.S., and the Francois Shapira competition in Israel. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant and the America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships. The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC chose a live recording of one of Alon's recitals there for its first CD release. Other recordings include solo recital programs through the Jerusalem Music Center "Mishkenot Sha'ananim" and the Israeli Music Institute featuring works by Israeli composers. Alon graduated from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Leon Fleisher and serves as his assistant - a position assigned only to his most exceptional students.
Bach, Haydn and Shostakovich
Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Chu Fang Huang
Huang Chu-Fang's artistry has been heard around the world: in Canada with the Victoria Symphony, in Australia with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra, in China with the Shenzhen and Liaoning Philharmonic Orchestras, in Japan at the Young Concert Artists Festival in Tokyo, at the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany. She has performed at the Bard and Honest Brook Music festivals in New York, in the Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie's Zankel Hall in New York, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, in Chicago, Philadelphia, Fort Worth, and Palm Beach, and has toured in chamber music concerts with Charles Wadsworth and Friends.
This season, Ms. Huang has been re-engaged to appear as soloist with the Detroit Symphony at the Meadow Brook Music Festival, performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, conducted by Andrew Grams. Other concerto appearances include the Owensboro, Syracuse, South Bend, Stockton, and Pasadena symphonies. She performs recitals at Iowa State University, the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and appears in the Pro Arte Musical series in Puerto Rico.
Ms. Huang debuted with the Detroit Symphony last summer at the Meadow Brook Music Festival, in addition to performances with the Des Moines, Waterbury, Lafayette, Fairfax, Rockford, and Anchorage symphonies, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Her recitals included the prestigious Morgan Library and Museum in New York, the Mustafa Kemal Center in Istanbul, and the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Ms. Huang began piano lessons at the age of seven and studied on full scholarship at the Shenyang Music Conservatory's pre-college program at the age of 12. She made her U.S. recital debut at the age of 15 in the La Jolla Music Society's Prodigy Series. Ms. Huang earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Claude Frank, and her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, as a student of Robert McDonald. She currently resides in New York City.
Mozart, Shostakovich and Schumann
Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Praised for her vibrant lyricism, fresh interpretations and expressive performances, cellist Caroline Stinson is sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians nationally and abroad for solo and chamber music concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Ms. Stinson's performance credits include Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art's Summergarden Series in New York, Boston's Gardner Museum, Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian in the United States; Germany's Koelner Philharmonie, Switzerland's Lucerne Festival and France's Cité de la Musique and Theatre at Rennes, in Europe, and the Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada.
A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Stinson has joined forces with the acclaimed Lark Quarte+, renowned for its commissions of new works by some of today's foremost composers, including Aaron Jay Kernis, William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon. Caroline Stinson's 2010-11 season includes performances in the United States and Canada of repertoire ranging from chamber music to new solo works to Baroque Concerti. Highlights include the double-premiere of a new concerto for cello and winds by Steven Bryant with the Cornell Wind Ensemble and the Ridgewood Concert Band, and a solo tour of Alberta with performances for the Edmonton Recital Society, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and New Works Calgary, where she will premiere two new works for solo cello by T. Patrick Carrabre and John Link. Ms. Stinson premieres ensemble commissions by William Bolcom at Stanford University with the Lark Quarte+ (plus) Stephen Salters in January and a new work by Mark Grey with the Meme Ensemble and Jessica Rivera at Carnegie's Zankel Hall in March. Her debut CD, Lines, will be released this spring on Albany Records. Caroline is a member of Open End (a new music and improvisation group founded with her husband, composer and violinist Andrew Waggoner), CELLO and Contrasts. Her teachers have been Alan Harris (Cleveland), Maria Kliegel (Germany), Joel Krosnick (Juilliard) and Tanya Prochazka.
Caroline is a teaching assistant to Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School and is on the cello and chamber music faculty of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University.
Ravel and Rimski-Korsakov's Scheherazade
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams.
Since making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, Mr. Kahane has given recitals in many of the nation's major music centers including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta. He appears as soloist with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony and is also a popular figure at all of the major US summer festivals. Kahane is equally well-known for his collaborations with artists and chamber ensembles such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, Thomas Quasthoff and the Emerson and Takacs Quartets.
Jeffrey Kahane's recordings include works of Gershwin and Bernstein with Yo-Yo Ma for SONY, Paul Schoenfield's "Four Parables" with the New World Symphony conducted by John Nelson for Decca/Argo, the Strauss "Burleske" on Telarc with the Cincinnati Symphony under Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and the complete Brandenburg Concerti (on harpsichord) with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling on the Haenssler label. He has also recorded the complete works for violin and piano by Schubert with Joseph Swensen for RCA, Bach's Sinfonias and Partita #4 in D Major for Nonesuch and Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" for Virgin Records, which was nominated by Gramophone magazine for their "Record of the Year" award.
A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mr. Kahane's early piano studies were with Howard Weisel and Jakob Gimpel. First Prize winner at the 1983 Rubinstein Competition and a finalist at the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition, he was also the recipient of a 1983 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the first Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award in 1987. An avid linguist who reads widely in a number of ancient and modern languages, Mr. Kahane received a Master's Degree in Classics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011.
Tchaikovsky and Dvořák
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
With his adventuresome spirit and vast musical gifts, violinist Tim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing new presence on the music scene. The "charismatic young violinist with a matinee idol profile, strong musical instincts, and first rate chops" (Boston Globe) was most recently seen on screen and heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the new hit film Black Swan, and heard as the sound of Richard Gere's violin in Fox Searchlight's feature film Bee Season. Selected as one of and magazines' "Up-and-Coming Musicians," Fain captured the Avery Fisher Career Grant and launched his career with Young Concert Artists. As The Washington Post recently raved, "Fain has everything he needs for a first-rate career."
He electrified audiences at debuts with the Baltimore Symphony and conductor Marin Alsop, at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Fain has also appeared with the Mexico City and Oxford (UK) Symphonies, Cincinnati Chamber Symphony, Brooklyn and Hague Philharmonics, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in a special performance at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. In addition, he was the featured soloist with the Philip Glass Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in a concert version of Einstein on the Beach and continues to tour the US and Europe in a duo-recital program with Philip Glass.
Fain appeared in recital at the Ravinia Festival, Amsterdam's venerable Concertgebouw, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Kennedy Center, Mexico's Festival de Musica de Camara in San Miguel de Allende, Carnegie's Weill Hall, California's Carmel Mozart Society, the University of Georgia, Boston's Ives Festival, Ringling International Festival in Sarasota, the San Diego Art Institute, the University of California at Davis, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St Y, and elsewhere across the globe. His multi-media evening Portals premiered to sold-out audiences in New York, Los Angeles and at its midwestern premiere at Omaha's KANEKO. It recently premiered at Australia's Melbourne Festival and continues to travel world-wide. The centerpiece of the evening is Partita for Solo Violin, a new work written especially for him by Philip Glass, and also features collaborations with Benjamin Millepied, Leonard Cohen, film maker Kate Hackett, and with radio personality Fred Child and pianist Nicholas Britell appearing on screen.
A native of Santa Monica, California, Tim Fain is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Victor Danchenko, and The Juilliard School, where he worked with Robert Mann. He performs on a violin made by Francesco Gobetti, Venice 1717, the "Moller," on extended loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People's Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt's E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 45 years later, André Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars.
A perennial favorite with orchestras throughout the US, Mr. Watts is also a regular guest at the major summer music festivals including Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, Tanglewood and the Mann Music Center. Recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle and National symphonies among others. In celebration of the Liszt anniversary in 2011, Mr. Watts played all-Liszt recitals throughout the US, while recent and upcoming international engagements include concerto and recital appearances in Japan, Hong Kong, Germany and Spain. Highlights of his 12/13 season include return visits to the New York Philharmonic, the Detroit and Cincinnati symphonies, and appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia and on tour in Florida.
André Watts has had a long and frequent association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, the BBC and the Arts and Entertainment Network, performing with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among others. His 1976 New York recital, aired on the program Live From Lincoln Center, was the first full length recital broadcast in the history of television and his performance at the 38th Casals Festival in Puerto Rico was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming. Mr. Watts' most recent television appearances are with the Philadelphia Orchestra on the occasion of the orchestra's 100th Anniversary Gala and a performance of the Brahms Concerto No.2 with the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz conducting, for PBS.
Mr. Watts' extensive discography includes recordings of works by Gershwin, Chopin, Liszt and Tchaikovsky for CBS Masterworks; recital CD's of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Chopin for Angel/EMI; and recordings featuring the concertos of Liszt, MacDowell, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens on the Telarc label. He is also included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series for Philips.
A much-honored artist who has played before royalty in Europe and heads of government in nations all over the world, André Watts received a 2011 National Medal of Arts, given by the President of the United States to individuals who are deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the excellent, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States. In June 2006, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut (with the Philadelphia Orchestra) and he is also the recipient of the 1988 Avery Fisher Prize. At age 26 Mr. Watts was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University and he has since received numerous honors from highly respected schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University, The Juilliard School of Music and his Alma Mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.