Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
Paul Lewis, piano
Sunday, March 29, 2015, 3pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianist Paul Lewis on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. An Aaron Richmond Recital. This performance is sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO. Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.
Tickets start at $35, 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 Jordan Hall Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.
This performance marks Lisa Batiashvili’s Celebrity Series debut, and Paul Lewis’s second appearance with Celebrity Series.
Lisa Batiashvili is one of the world’s most sought-after violinists. During the 2012/13 season Lisa held the position of Capell-Virtuosin with Staatskapelle Dresden, was Artist in Residence with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, and appeared with Staatskapelle. Lisa records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.
Her latest album – featuring the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann and Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for violin and piano with pianist Alice Sara Ott – was released in January 2013. In 2011, she received an ECHO Klassik for her debut album on the label, “Echoes of Time,” which includes Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Lisa’s commitment to new music has seen her give several world premieres in recent seasons, including of Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto. Lisa gained international recognition at age 16 as the youngest-ever competitor in the Sibelius Competition, where she took second prize. She was named winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival’s 2003 Leonard Bernstein Award and was awarded the Beethoven Ring Prize from the Beethoven Festival Bonn.
In 2008 she was honoured with the MIDEM Classical Award, the Choc de L’année and the ECHO Klassik for her Sony recording of Sibelius’ and Lindberg’s violin concertos. Lisa studied with Ana Chumachenko and Mark Lubotski and holds the International Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize. Lisa Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri “de Gesu” violin from 1739, generously loaned by a private collector in Germany.
Pianist Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Southampton.
He performs regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, and is also a guest at the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Lucerne, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Schubertiade, Salzburg, Edinburgh, La Roque d’Antheron, and London’s BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first pianist to perform a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in one season.
His discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and the Diabelli Variations, Liszt’s B minor Sonata and other late works, and all of Schubert’s major piano works from the last six years of his life, including the 3 song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore. Future recording plans include the Brahms D minor piano concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, and solo works by Mussorgsky and Schumann. Along with his wife the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.
Sonata in A Major “Grand Duo,” D. 574
Rondo in B minor “Rondeau Brillant,” D. 895
Sonata in E minor, BWV 1023
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Opus 96
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.