HER CARNEGIE HALL PERSPECTIVES SERIES
WITH TWO CONCERTS IN STERN AUDITORIUM / PERELMAN STAGE
Pianist Yefim Bronfman and Cellist Lynn Harrell Join Ms. Mutter for
Beethoven and Tchaikovsky Piano Trios on Tuesday, April 14
Ms. Mutter Performs Berg’s Violin Concerto and NY Premiere of Norbert Moret’s En rêve with
Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony on Tuesday, April 28
|Celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter concludes her residency as one of this season’s Carnegie Hall Perspectives artists with two April concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. She is joined by pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell for a chamber program featuring Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke” and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 on Tuesday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. This concert is the last in the trio’s North American tour throughout the month of April that included performances in Montreal, Arizona, and California.
Ms. Mutter then takes the stage with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy for a performance of Berg’s Violin Concerto and the New York premiere of Norbert Moret’s En rêve on Tuesday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Tilson Thomas, who is celebrating his 70th birthday this season, leads the New World Symphony in the program, which also includes Schubert’s Incidental Music from Rosamunde and Debussy’s La mer.
About the Artists
Ms. Mutter has long used her public profile to support and promote charitable causes, notably those associated with the alleviation of medical and social problems. Her benefit concerts–62 to date–have raised funds for a host of organizations worldwide. Ms. Mutter’s many awards and honors reflect the nature of her humanitarian work as well as the excellence of her artistry. She received the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2008, the Légion d’honneur in 2009 for services to contemporary French music, and the 2011 Erich-Fromm-Preis for the advancement of Humanism through social engagement. Additional honors include the Merit Cross 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Mendelssohn and Brahms Prizes, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize and the Bavarian Order of Merit. In 2013, Ms. Mutter was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Member.
Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings. Widely praised for his solo, chamber, and orchestral recordings, he was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s piano concerto with Salonen conducting and with whom he won a Grammy Award in 1997 for his recording of the Bartók Piano Concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Bronfman’s performance of Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the 2011 Lucerne Festival is available on DVD and his performance of Rachmaninoff’s third concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle was released on DVD by the EuroArts label. His most recent CD releases are the 2014 Grammy Award-nominated Piano Concerto No. 2 of Magnus Lindberg, commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert on the Da Capo label, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerischer Rundfunk, and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concertos as well as the Triple Concerto with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Tönhalle Orchestra Zürich under David Zinman for the Arte Nova/BMG label.
Lynn Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, and Pittsburgh, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. In Europe, he regularly partners with the orchestras of London, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Zurich, and Israel. Mr. Harrell has also toured extensively to Australia and New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He regularly collaborates with such noted conductors as James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman. A summer festival veteran, Mr. Harrell has appeared at Verbier, Grand Teton, Tanglewood, and Aspen, the latter relationship spanning over 60 years. An accomplished recording artist, Mr. Harrell’s extensive discography includes the complete Bach Cello Suites (London/Decca), and two Grammy Award-winning recordings with Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy: the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in 1981 and the complete Beethoven Piano Trios in 1987 (both for Angel/EMI).
The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, established in 1987 under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, is a unique educational environment that prepares gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership positions in orchestras and ensembles around the world. Since its inaugural concert on February 4, 1988, the New World Symphony has been heard in such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, London’s Barbican Centre, Paris’s Bastille Opera and Argentina’s Teatro Colon. NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 900 alumni worldwide. In North America, they are members of such ensembles as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony. Their placement in foreign orchestras includes symphonies and chamber orchestras in Germany, China, Hong Kong, France, and Spain. In addition, many New World Symphony musicians have chosen career paths in chamber music, music education, and arts management.
Michael Tilson Thomas first conducted the San Francisco Symphony in 1974 and has been Music Director since 1995. A Los Angeles native, he studied with John Crown and Ingolf Dahl at the University of Southern California, becoming Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra at 19 and working with Stravinsky, Boulez, Stockhausen, and Copland at the famed Monday Evening Concerts. In 1969, Mr. Tilson Thomas won the Koussevitzky Prize and was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony. Ten days later he came to international recognition, replacing Music Director William Steinberg in mid-concert at Lincoln Center. He went on to become the BSO’s Associate Conductor, then Principal Guest Conductor. He has also served as Director of the Ojai Festival, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, a Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Principal Conductor of the Great Woods Festival. He became Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1988 and now serves as Principal Guest Conductor. For a decade he served as co-Artistic Director of Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, which he and Leonard Bernstein inaugurated in 1990, and he continues as Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, which he founded in 1988. Among his honors are Columbia University’s Ditson Award for services to American music and Musical America’s 1995 Conductor of the Year award. He is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of France and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Gramophone named him its 2005 Artist of the Year.
Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives
Previous Perspectives artists have included conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim; conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Robertson; violinists Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Maurizio Pollini, Andras Schiff, Peter Serkin, and Mitsuko Uchida; sopranos Renee Fleming and Dawn Upshaw; bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; the Emerson String Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata; Senegalese vocalist Youssou N’Dour; Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso; Indian classical table player Zakir Hussain; experimental rocker David Byrne; and singer-songwriter James Taylor. During the 2014–2015 season, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato also presents a Perspectives series. Next season, three artists will offer Perspectives series: pianist Evgeny Kissin, conductor Sir Simon Rattle, and singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”
Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
FRANZ SCHUBERT Incidental Music from Rosamunde
Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
Image at top of release by Harald Hoffmann / DG