Published on January 15, 2008
Musicians to Know: Musicians to Know By David Darling – Music 102 9:30-10:45AM TU Emmanuel Ax: Emmanuel Ax American pianist of Polish Origin Born 1949 Won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv Has since performed in the world’s leading symphony orchestras and foremost concert halls of the world. Especially noted for his elegant and powerful interpretations of Chopin and Schumann. Victor Borge: Victor Borge American pianist and humorist of Danish origin. Born 1909. Pupil of Franz Liszt. Emigrated to US in 1940 to escape the Nazi occupation of Denmark, embarked on career as a keyboard comedian Appeared on radio, TV, films Continued performing well into his 80’s Yefim Bronfman: Yefim Bronfman American pianist of Russian origin. Born in 1958. Studied music from early childhood; parents emigrated from the Soviet Union to Israel in 1973. Auditioned for Zubin Mehta, led to his international debut with the Montreal Symphony under Mehta. Appeared with formost Orchestras such as the Israel Philaharmonic. Is a celebrated performer of chamber music. Has won international praise for his solo, chamber, and orchestral recordings. Chee-Yun: Chee-Yun Is an award-winning Korean violinist, one of the world’s most gifted. Born in 1970. Has received the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1994), the Young Concert Artists International Auditions (1989), and was a nominee for Best Debut in the first annual Cannes Classical Awards at the MIDEM international music convention (1994). Made her debut at the age of eight after winning the Grand Prize of the Korean Times Competition. Came to the US at age 13. Van Cliburn: Van Cliburn Is an American pianist. Born in 1934. Appeared first as a soloist with the New York Philaharmonic in 1954. Won the first International Tchaikovsky Competetition in Moscow – at the height of the Cold War. Has had thousands of concert appearances and numerous recordings, has been instrumental in popularizing classical appearances. Alicia de Larrocha: Alicia de Larrocha Spanish pianist. Born in 1923. Debuted at age 12 with the Madrid Symphony. Made British and American debuts in 1953 and 1955 respectively and went on to international acclaim. Her perfomances of Mozart and Romantic pieces are characterized by a lively attack and subtle, poetic shading. Her performances of Spanish composers (especiallly Granados and Albeniz) are unsurpassed. James Galway: James Galway Irish flutist. Born in 1939. Began playing in 1975, dazzles audiences with his spectacular technique. Trademark 14-carat gold flute. Has appeared all over the world in recitals, concerto performances, chamber music engagements, popular music concerts, and master classes. Award-winning recordings reflect his varied repertoire and singular style. Evgeny Kissin: Evgeny Kissin Russian pianist. Born in 1971 in Moscow. Began to play and improvise on the piano at age 2. Entered the Moscow Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children at age 6, began studying with Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who remains his teacher today. Gave his first solo recital at age 11 in Moscow. Performed throughout the Soviet Union with the Leningrad Philaharmonic, the Orchestra of Soviet TV and Radio, and the State Symphony of the U.S.S.R. First appeared outside Russia in 1985, when he perfomed in Budapest and East Berlin. In the fall of 1990 he performed the two Chopin concerti with the New York Philaharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and gave the first recital of Carnegie Hall’s centenary season. Has performed with some of the greatest conductors of our time. Had telecasts in 1988 and 1991 with the Berlin Philaharmonic. Louis Lortie: Louis Lortie French-Canadian pianist. Born in 1959. Canada’s most celebrated pianist, one of the most remarkable music personalities of his generation. Debuted in Toronto, performed as a guest soloist with the Toronto Symphony during it’s historic tour o the People’s Republic of China and Japan. Has appeared with many major orchestras often perfoms at the most prestigious festivals, and is involved in several chamber music projects. His discography reflects his extensive repertoire and his amazing virtuosity. Yo-Yo Ma: Yo-Yo Ma American cellist of Chinese heritage. Born in 1955. One of the most sought-after performers. Has appeared with eminent conductors and orchestras in all the music capitals of the world. In addition to his career as a soloist, he is active in chamber music concerts, and his long-standing partnership with Emmanuel Ax is one of the most successful collaborations in Classical Music. Also performs works by contemporary composers and works with young musicians. Wynton Marsalis: Wynton Marsalis African-American trumpet virtuoso. Born in 1961. Trained as a classical musician. Joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1980, toured with his own quintet, and worked with Miles Davis. Won Grammy’s in both jazz and classical categories in 1984. His discography includes several (best-selling) recordings in Classical and Jazz music. Midori: Midori Japanese-American violinist. Born in 1971. Debuted with the New York Philaharmonic in 1982 at age 10. Has shared the stage with prestigious artists such as Leonard Bernstein, Vladimir Ashenknazy and others, and performed with some of the world’s most distinguished orchestras. Made several highly acclaimed tours of North America and Europe. In 1992, she established the Midori Foundation, dedicated to bringing classical music to children. Garrick Ohlsson: Garrick Ohlsson American pianist. Born in 1948. Was the first American to win Warsaw’s International Chopin Competition in 1970. Unsurpassed Chopin interpreter, hailed for his “big, brilliant, American” technique and unique style. He premiered Liszt’s recently discovered “Walse in A major”. Repertoire included Beethoven and Haydn as well as the Romantics. Has appeared worldwide in solo concerts as well as with orchestras and ensembles to enormous acclaim. Murray Perahia: Murray Perahia American pianist. Born in 1947. First American to win the Leeds Piano Competition, then began his international career. Regularly appears in concerts and recitals in all of the music capitals of the world. Has performed with the most renowned orchestras. Noted for his stylistic delicacy and sensitivity, notably in Chopin and Schumann. Has recorded all of Motzart’s concertos, directing from the keyboard. Itzhak Perlman: Itzhak Perlman Israeli violinist. Born in 1945. One of the greatest violinists of our time. Made his formal debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963. By 1965 was an internationally acclaimed virtuoso, praised for his peerless technique. Has recorded virtually every major violin work and has teamed with other prestigious artists such as Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma. Maria Joao Pires: Maria Joao Pires Pianist. Returned to the concert stage after an interruption in her early career due to ill health. Now regarded as one of the most intriguing and remarkable artists of the day. A mature and eloquent performer of the great classical repertoire- Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin. Awadigan Pratt: Awadigan Pratt American pianist. Born in Pittsburg. Began music lessons at age 6 in Normal, Illinois. Described as “astonishing”, acclaimed for physicality and virtuosity as well as his depth of feeling and uniquely personal style. Won the the Namburg International Piano Competition in 1992, followed by the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1994. Since then he has performed at recitals throughout the US. Jean-Pierre Rampal: Jean-Pierre Rampal He is a French flutist. He was born in 1922. In his first position he was a solo flutist with the Vichy Opera from 1946-1950 Also did recitals concurrently Performances for the Opera were broadcast on the radio and led to international fame. He has since toured the world as a virtuoso, with the foremost orchestras and in recital. Many composers have written pieces for him. Has done more to bring the flute into the mainstream of music than any other flutist. Sviatoslav Richter: Sviatoslav Richter Is a Russian pianist. He was born in 1915. He is one of the greatest pianists of the century. Was largely self-taught. Received acclaim for his performances Prokofiev. Most known for Schubert and Schumann. Peter Schickele: Peter Schickele He is an American composer and musical humorist. Became famous in 1965 with the Town Hall debut of his mythical character P.D.Q. Bach. Peter Serkin: Peter Serkin He is an American pianist. He was born in 1947. He was born into a musical family (his father was the famous pianist Rudolf Serkin). Interests range from Bach to Mozart, his recordings of Mozart are highly acclaimed. He has performed in collaboration with many distinguished artists. Was the first pianist to be awarded Premio Internazionale Musicale Chigana in recognition of his outstanding musical achievement. Isaac Stern: Isaac Stern American violinist of Russian origin. He was born in 1920. He is one of the most renowned violinists of the century. Made his recital debut at age 13 in San Francisco. Made his orchestral debut with the San Francisco Symphony in a concert that was broadcast nationally. Has an extremely prestigious solo career. Recent collaborations include a partnership with Yefim Brofman, Emmanuel Ax, and Yo-Yo Ma. Is a champion of contemporary music as well as performing the classics, has premiered works by many famous 20th century composers. Has played an invaluable role in furthering the careers of young musicians. Krystian Zimerman: Krystian Zimerman Polish pianist. Born in 1956. Won first prize in the Chopin Competition in 1975, as well as a special Gold Medal for his performances of Chopin’s Mazurkas and Polonaises. Has performed with Europe’s major orchestras as well as in solo recital. He prefers live recordings as opposed to studio, enabling fans to recreate his spectacular performances at home. Pinchas Zukerman: Pinchas Zukerman He is an Israeli violinist, violist, and conductor. He was born in 1948. Came to study in the US in 1962 under the guidance of Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals. Embarked on his solo career in 1967. His discography includes more than 90 releases, encompassing the violin and the viola. Has performed solo and also collaborated with some of the world’s top musicians in chamber music. Has conducted some of the world’s top orchestras since 1970.