Thurs, February 17 at 8 pm
Sat, February 26 at 8 pm
Sat, March 5 at 8 pm
Sat, March 19 at 8 pm
Wed, March 23 at 8 pm
Sun, April 3 at 3 pm
Tues, April 12 at 8 pm
Sun, April 24 at 3 pm
Sun, May 8 at 3 pm
Single tickets are now available!
All concerts will take place at Herbst Theatre
In 2022 - Back on Stage Again, LIVE!
NOTOS PIANO QUARTET
Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 3 PM
Since its foundation in 2007 the Notos Quartet has won six ﬁrst prizes as well as numerous special prizes at international competitions in England, Holland, Italy and China. Then, in 2017 the quartet was designated the ECHO Klassik “Newcomer of the Year”, a prestigious prize given to chamber music groups only very rarely.
The Quartet’s mission is to not only perform the well-known masterpieces, but also to reveal forgotten treasures as well as to champion new compositions for the unique genre of the piano quartet. This is evident on the ensemble’s debut album “Hungarian Treasures” released by Sony Classical/RCA in February of 2017. It includes the world premiere recording of Béla Bartók’s piano quartet, a rediscovery for which the Notos has received critical acclaim.
Worldwide interest in the Notos Quartet and its extraordinary concert programs is evident from the numerous international broadcasts of concerts, interviews and profiles – including all the major German radio and TV stations, the BBC, France Musique, Radio4 Holland, P2 Sweden and radio and TV stations in Japan and Vietnam.
In addition to appearances at major festivals and leading concert halls throughout Europe such as Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, BOZAR Brussels and Teatro la Fenice Venice, the Notos Quartet regularly tours such farflung locations as Russia, Japan, Australia, South Africa and Southeast Asia, where the players not only give recitals but also seek to promote the careers of young musicians, which they regard as an important part of their work.
Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 8 PM
She is acclaimed for her interpretation of the Bach Cello Suites, having performed them at such venues as New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Seattle Early Music Guild, Vancouver Early Music Society, and The Library of Congress. For 20 years Ms Tomkins has been one of the principal cellists in both Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra, and has appeared with both numerous times as soloist.
On modern cello, she is a long-time participant at the Moab Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards, and is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. She recently joined the Delphi Trio. Ms Tomkins has given master classes at Yale, Juilliard, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Together with Eric Zivian she is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.
Fortepianist Eric Zivian has given recitals in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed concertos with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
He performs extensively on original instruments, both in the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio. He has performed with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble and Earplay. He is a frequent guest artist on the chamber music series of both the S.F. Symphony and the S.F. Conservatory. Mr. Zivian’s compositions have been performed widely in the United States and in Tokyo, and he was commissioned by ASCAP to compose a work premiered by the Seattle Symphony.
Mr. Zivian attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and graduated from Curtis, going on to receive graduate degrees from Juilliard and the Yale School of Music. He studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended Tanglewood both as a performer and as a composer.
Together with Tanya Tomkins he is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.
Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 8 PM
Founded in 1998 in Prague, the Bennewitz Quartet immediately caught the imagination of the musical world. Besides being Laureate of the Chamber Music Society of the Czech Philharmonic, the group won the award of the Spanish Queen for best chamber music ensemble of 2002/2003, as well as two special prizes at the prestigious ARD Music Competition in 2004. They soon won two leading chamber music competitions—the Osaka in 2005 and the Borciani in 2008, and recently were nominated for the Boreletti-Buitoni Trust award.
Since then they have performed at such prestigious festivals as Lucerne, Lockenhaus, Orlando and Prague and in leading concert halls: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Theatre des Champs- Elysees, Herkulessaal Munich, Rudolfium Prague, Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikverein, Seoul Arts Center, the Frick Collection and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. They have performed at the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and took part in the complete Haydn cycle at Wigmore Hall.
Beyond the classical canon, the Bennewitz champions Czech music, including works by unjustly neglected composers such as Reicha, Haas, Ullmann and Schulhoff. The group was quartet-in-residence at the Musikakademie Basel and, since 2017, has been the ensemble-in-residence for the Czech Philharmonic, performing Prague’s main hall, the Dvorak Hall.
Their CDs are critically lauded; Klassik.com described their recording of Schumann string quartets as “simply phenomenal.” In 2019 the quartet was awarded the Classic Prague Award for the Best Chamber Music Recording, for their live performances at the Rudolfinum. The recently released recording of the music of Ullmann, Schulhoff, Krasa and Haas was named Editor’s Choice by Presto Classical and was selected as Record of the Week by Europadisc.
Besides CDs, the Bennewitz Quartet has recorded prolifically for Czech radio and television, as well as for such radio and television companies as SWR, RD and NWR in Germany, Radio 4 in the Netherlands, ORF in Austria, Radio Clasica in Spain and Yomiuiri TV in Japan.
NIKOLAY KHOZYAINOV, piano
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 8 PM
Nikolay Khozyainov, born in 1992 in Blagoveshchensk, Russia (3,500 miles east of Moscow) is one of the most exciting pianists of his generation, showing musical integrity and a maturity beyond his years.
He was the winner of the 1st Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition in May 2012 and 2nd Prize at the 2012 Sydney International Competition. Although the youngest finalist in Sydney, he was given awards there for the best performance of a work by Liszt and Schubert, best concerto performance, best virtuoso performance and the People`s Choice Prize.
Mr. Khozyainov began playing piano of his own accord when he was just 5 years old. From 1999 to 2010 he studied at the Central Musical School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and since 2005 has been studying with Mikhail Voskresensky.
Nikolay Khozyainov is the winner of numerous awards in international piano competitions, including the 1st prize and special prize for the best performance of the Rondo-Capriccioso in E major Op.14 by Felix Mendelssohn at the International Piano Competition "Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte"(Czech Republic, 2003), 1st Prize at the IX International Carl Filtsch Piano Competition (Romania, 2004), 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition A. Scriabin in Paris (2008), 2nd prize and special award for the best performance of the musical miniature in the 6th Moscow International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition for young pianists in Moscow, special prize "for the best performance of miniatures" (2008).
Nikolay Khozyainov was the youngest finalist of the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (October 2010). His interpretations of Chopin and his unique musicality made an enormous impression on the audience and music lovers, and were appreciated by critics, from whom he garnered excellent reviews. Directly after the competition, the pianist was invited to give recitals in Zelazowa Wola, the place of Chopin`s birth, and in Chopin`s Museum in Warsaw.
Mr. Khozyainov has performed in recital and with orchestras in Russia, Belorus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, France, USA and Japan. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. His first CD was released on CD Accord label in 2011 (distributed worldwide by Naxos and available on the Naxos website) featuring works by Chopin and Liszt. The disc was recorded at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. In 2012 the Chopin Institute in Warsaw issued Nikolay`s CD recorded live during the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (October 2010). In October 2012 a CD recorded for JVC Viktor company was released in Japan.
In recent seasons Nikolay Khozyainov performed in Japan, the USA (including his Carnegie Hall debut), Mexico, throughout Austria, Germany, Poland and France and he made his London debut in Wigmore Hall.
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 8 PM
Midori is one of the most admired violinists of her generation. In addition to performing at the highest levels internationally, giving master classes and participating in prominent artistic residencies, she has made a sustained commitment to the violin repertoire of the future, commissioning new concerto and recital works over a period of many years.
Beyond her performing and recording career, Midori is recognized as a dedicated and gifted educator and an innovative community engagement activist throughout the US, Europe, Asia and the developing world. Among many honors she has received in recent years, she was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and received the prestigious Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Midori recently added new recordings to her extensive discography: Bach’s complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas; a recital of sonatas by Bloch, Janáček and Shostakovich with pianist Özgür Aydin; and Paul Hindemith’s violin concerto (with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach) in a Grammy-winning recording. In 2016, Sony Classical released The Art of Midori, a 10-CD set containing some of her most important recordings for the label. DoReMi, the violin concerto written for her by Peter Eötvös, was also released in 2016.
In 1992 Midori founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York City that brings music education programs to underserved schoolchildren. Two other organizations, Music Sharing (based in Japan) and Partners in Performance (based in the U.S.) also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise be involved with the arts. Midori’s commitment to community collaboration and outreach is further realized in her Orchestra Residencies Program, which involves week-long residencies with American youth orchestras.
Midori was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, at an early age. In 1982, Zubin Mehta invited the11-year-old Midori to make her debut at the New York Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert, on which occasion she received a standing ovation and the impetus to begin a major career.
Midori serves as Distinguished Professor of Violin and holds the Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She is also a Guest Professor at Japan’s Soai University and at Shanghai Conservatory and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music.
In 2021 Midori became a Kennedy Center honoree, along with Garth Brooks, Debbie Allen, Joan Baez and Dick Van Dyke.
MISCHA MAISKY, cello
SASCHA MAISKY, violin
LILY MAISKY, piano
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8 PM
Mischa Maisky has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky. Born in Latvia, educated in Russia after his repatriation to Israel, Mischa Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Tokyo, along with the rest of the major music centres.
He considers himself to be a citizen of the world: "I’m playing an Italian cello, with French and German bows, Austrian and German strings, my daughter was born in France, my oldest son in Belgium, the middle one in Italy and the youngest one in Switzerland, I’m driving a Japanese car, wear a Swiss watch, an Indian necklace and I feel at home everywhere where people appreciate and enjoy classical music."
As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, during the last 25 years he has made well over 30 recordings with such orchestras as Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and others.
One of the highlights of his career was the year 2000 - it was mainly devoted to a worldwide Bach tour which included over 100 concerts! In order to express his deep admiration for this great composer, Mischa Maisky has recorded Bach's solo suites for the third time.
His recordings have enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and have been awarded the prestigious Record Academy Prize in Tokyo five times, the Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis three times, Grand Prix du Disque in Paris and Diapason d’Or of the Year as well as the coveted Grammy nominations.
Truly a world-class musician and regular guest at most major International Festivals, he has collaborated with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel and his partnerships have included artists as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to name just a few.
At this performance, Mischa Maisky will be joined by his daughter Lily playing piano, and his son Sascha playing violin.
RAFAL BLECHACZ, piano
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 3 PM
In October 2005, in a spectacular outing the then 20 year old Polish virtuoso Rafal Blechacz swept the field at the Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw:
The Gold Medal (unanimously awarded; the Silver Medal was not granted)
Best Performance of the Mazurkas
Best Performance of the Polonaises
Best Performance of a Concerto
Best Performance of a Sonata
Thus, Mr. Blechacz won every prize it was possible to win.
His coup in Warsaw electrified the musical world, and doors immediately opened for him at the world’s most prestigious concert halls. He has performed with such orchestras as London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Hamburg, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Camerata Salzburg, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich.
He gives recitals in such major halls as Philharmonie Berlin, Prinzregententheater in Munich, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, La Scala, Vienna Konzerthaus, and BOZAR in Brussels, as well as in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Vancouver, Tokyo, Korea, and Taiwan.
In 2014 Blechacz capped his own achievements by earning the esteemed Gilmore Artist Award, which includes a $300,000 cash prize.
Rafał Blechacz records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. His debut CD of Chopin Preludes won Platinum Record status in his native Poland, as well as the German Echo Klassik and French Diaspason D’or. His recording of works by Debussy and Szymanowski was awarded “Recording of the Month” by Gramophone magazine, and “Solo Recording of the Year” by Echo Klassik. These were followed by recordings of Chopin Polonaises and, most recently, works by Bach.
Each time we present this stunning artist, he sells out Herbst Theatre and the crowds go wild. Don’t miss his triumphant return in 2022!
ALEXANDER GAVRYLYUK, piano
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 8 PM
This Ukrainian artist is an incandescent virtuoso in the spirit of Horowitz; his playing generates a level of visceral excitement rarely experienced by audiences.. He won the Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz Competition, the Gold Medal at the Hamamatsu Competition in 2000 and, in 2005, the Gold Medal at the prestigious Arthur Rubinstein Competition. Gavrylyuk brandishes a jaw-dropping technique, but his playing is always informed by a sensitive and profound musicianship.
He has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam as well as the Royal Scottish National, NHK Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Hallé, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Brussels Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony, Russian National Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Sao Paolo Symphony, among others.
He collaborates with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Karabits, Louis Langrée, Vladimir Spivakov and Osmo Vänska. He has performed the complete Rachmaninov concerto cycle with both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (with Neeme Järvi) and the Vancouver Symphony (with Bramwell Tovey).
Gavrylyuk’s solo recitals are highly acclaimed. He performs regularly at the Master Pianist Series at the Concertgebouw, as well as at the Vienna Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich and Victoria Hall Geneva.
He regularly tours Japan (selling out Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City), Russia (giving recitals at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and at the Kremlin) and annually returns to Australia, where he spent his formative years, for concertos and recitals.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerto performances with Valeriy Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and a tour of Asia with the Cincinnati Symphony. His tour of Australia includes concerto appearances with several orchestras.. He will make his debut at the International Piano Series in London as well as giving solo recitals throughout Europe and North America and appearing in duo recital with Janine Jansens throughout Europe.
Alexander Gavrylyuk is a Steinway Artist.
EMANUEL AX, piano
Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 3 PM
Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. Mr. Ax made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and in 1974 won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the Avery Fisher Prize.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season included a European summer festivals tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and long-time collaborative partner Bernard Haitink, an Asian tour with the London Symphony and Sir Simon Rattle and three concerts with regular partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall in March 2020.
Additional recitals and orchestral appearances last spring were postponed due to Covid-19 and like many artists around the world, Mr. Ax responded to these unprecedented circumstances creatively. He hosted “The Legacy of Great Pianists,” part of the online Live with Carnegie Hall highlighting legendary pianists who have performed at Carnegie Hall. Last September, he joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a series of surprise pop-up concerts for essential workers in multiple venues throughout the Berkshires community.
Mr. Ax has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, his most recent being Brahms Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos. He has received GRAMMY® Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. In the 2004/05 season Mr. Ax contributed to an International EMMY® Award-Winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013, Mr. Ax’s recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th Century Music/Piano).
Mr. Ax is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Skidmore College, Yale University, and Columbia University.
SARAH CHANG, violin
JULIO ELIZALDE, piano
Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 3 PM
Perfect for Mother's Day!
She performs with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, led by such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, André Previn, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
She has given recitals at the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Symphony Hall (Boston), the Barbican Centre, the Philharmonie (Berlin) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).
Chamber music partners include Pinchas Zukerman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yefim Bronfman, Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Kovacevich, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Lars Vogt and the late Isaac Stern.
Ms Chang has had some extraordinary recognition: Yale University has named a chair in Sprague Hall in her honor, in 2006 Newsweek named her as one of the Twenty Top Women in Leadership and, in 2008, she was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In June 2004 she carried the Olympic Torch in New York, and in the same month became the youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame award. In 2011, Ms. Chang was named an official Artistic Ambassador by the United States Embassy.
Praised as a musician of "compelling artistry and power" by the Seattle Times, the gifted American pianist Julio Elizalde is a multi-faceted artist who enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, artistic administrator, educator, and curator. He has performed in many of the major music centers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to popular and critical acclaim. Since 2014, he has served as the Artistic Director of the Olympic Music Festival near Seattle, Washington.
Julio Elizalde has appeared with many of the leading artists of our time. He tours internationally with world-renowned violinists Sarah Chang and Ray Chen and has performed alongside conductors Itzhak Perlman, Teddy Abrams, and Anne Manson. He has collaborated with artists such as violinist Pamela Frank, composers Osvaldo Golijov and Stephen Hough, baritone William Sharp, and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Takács, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Elizalde received a bachelor of music degree with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Paul Hersh. He holds master’s and doctor of musical arts degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalichstein, and Robert McDonald.