Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Maurizio Pollini, piano
Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3pm — Symphony Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Maurizio Pollini in recital on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 3:00pm at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. This performance is sponsored by Eleanor and Frank Pao. Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.
Tickets for Maurizio Pollini’s recital start at $30, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Symphony Hall Box Office, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.
This performance marks Maurizio Pollini’s sixteenth appearance with Celebrity Series; his Celebrity Series debut was in 1980 and his most recent performance was in 2010.
As a performer for over 40 years in all the major European, American and Japanese concert halls and festivals, Maurizio Pollini has performed with the most celebrated conductors and orchestras. Mr. Pollini has been awarded many international prizes: the Vienna Philharmonic Ehrenring (1987); the Goldenes Ehrenzeichen of the Town Salzburg (1995); the Ernst-von-Siemens Music Prize in Munich (1996); the “A Life for Music–Artur Rubinstein” Prize in Venice (1999); the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize in Milan (2000); the prestigious Prize Imperiale in Tokyo (2010); and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award (2012). In 1995 he opened Tokyo’s festival dedicated to Pierre Boulez. In the same year and in 1999, the Salzburg Festival invited him to create and present his own cycle of concerts, which included works of different epochs and styles.
Between 1999 and 2006, Maurizio Pollini performed new cycles in New York at Carnegie Hall (in 1999/2000 and 2000/2001), in Paris for la Cité de la Musique and in Tokyo (both in 2002), in Rome at the Parco della Musica (March 2003) and in Vienna with programs including both chamber and orchestral performances that mirrored his wide musical tastes from Gesualdo and Monteverdi to the present.
During the summer of 2004, he was named the “Artist Etoile” at the International Festival Lucerne, performing a recital and concerts with orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez. He created new concert cycles between 2008 and 2013 at the Lucerne Festival, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Roma, Cité de la Musique Paris, Teatro alla Scala Milano, in Tokyo and in Berlin. Pollini’s repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary composers (including premiere performances of Manzoni, Nono and Sciarrino) and includes the complete Beethoven Sonatas, which he has performed in Berlin, Munich, Milan, New York, London, Vienna and Paris. Maurizio Pollini has recorded works from the classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire to worldwide critical acclaim. His recordings of the complete works for piano by Schoenberg, and of works by Berg, Webern, Manzoni, Nono, Boulez and Stockhausen are a testament to his great passion for music of the 20th century.
Maurizio Pollini’s recent recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes was received with the greatest enthusiasm by audiences and critics alike: in 2007 he was awarded a Grammy for the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance as well as the Disco d’Oro; in 2006 he was awarded an Echo Award (Germany) and the Choc de la Musique, Victoires de la Musique and Diapason d’Or de l’Année (France). A CD of the Mozart Piano Concertos n.12 KV414 and n.24 KV491 with the Vienna Philharmonic was released in April 2008 followed by the second CD with Concertos n.17 KV453 and n.21 KV 467 as well as a new recording dedicated to Chopin. Maurizio Pollini’s recording of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann was released as both a CD and DVD in late fall 2011. Deutsche Gramophone recently released a 3-CD boxed set dedicated to the Art of Maurizio Pollini and also released a CD in late 2012 featuring Chopin Préludes and other pieces.
Arabesque in C Major, Op. 18
Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35
Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57
Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 76-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 76 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger; Donna & Mike Egan; Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda; David & Harriet Griesinger; Paul L. King; The Little Family Foundation; Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation; Eleanor & Frank Pao; The John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation; Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma; Nancy Richmond Winsten; Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC; First Republic Bank; Foley & Lardner; Massachusetts Cultural Council;The Peabody Foundation; PTC; Tufts Health Plan; The D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investment Group, AMO; Vertex Pharmaceuticals.