Piano Concert 2

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields | Murray Perahia


Fri, 16510

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

19.11.-27.11. 2016




    Piano Concert 2

    Academy of St. Martin in the Fields | Murray Perahia

    Murray Perahia  piano and conductor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Overture to the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

    “I never wanted to become a pianist,” Murray Perahia confesses, “but rather a musician. As complete a musician as possible.” Which is why he began very early not just to train his fingers on the piano’s 88 keys but to study the works he was playing thoroughly, learning about their compositional structures, their genesis, and their stylistic features. As a conductor and pianist united in one, especially when collaborating with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he is associated as Principal Guest Conductor, Perahia has found his true fulfillment. Whenever he performs Beethoven concertos with this ensemble, the philosophy and poetry of music are therefore also at the center. “Beethoven is like Shakespeare,” says Perahia, referring to the encompassing greatness of the classical genius. And he suggests the secret of interpretation with a bon mot by Chopin’s teacher Józef Elsner: “A craftsman sets stone upon stone and at the end sees a house. An artist sees the house first and then seeks out the stones.”

    Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

    In 1958 the violinist Neville Marriner joined with a group of acclaimed London musicians to found the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which gave its first concert on 13 November 1959 in the London church of the same name at Trafalgar Square. Initially conceived as an all-string ensemble that performed without a conductor, the formation quickly expanded to include wind players and percussion; and in 1969 Marriner himself moved from the concertmaster’s chair to the conductor’s podium. Nowadays the Academy concertizes in a wide variety of formations, from a chamber ensemble up to the size of a classical symphony orchestra. In its nearly 60-year history, the Academy has made an essential contribution to the rediscovery and appropriate performance of many works of the Baroque and Classical repertoire: more than 500 prize-winning recordings document this achievement. The ensemble earned widespread popularity in 1984 when it recorded the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Amadeus. Sir Neville Marriner was Music Director up to 2011, and until his death on 2 October 2016 he retained his connection to the chamber orchestra as its Life President. For the past five years, the American violinist Joshua Bell has served as the successor to Marriner by leading the Academy, with Murray Perahia in the role of Principal Guest Conductor. In the 2016-17 season, the musicians are concertizing with Joshua Bell in several European countries and in Australia; Murray Perahia is collaborating with them on a complete Beethoven concerto cycle. Performances with Julia Fischer, Kit Armstrong, Yulianna Avdeeva, Renaud Capuçon, Arabella Steinbacher, Martin Fröst, and Cameron Carpenter are also planned. In the area of education, the Academy offers workshops for primary school children and master classes for music students; it additionally presents special programs for the socially disadvantaged and the homeless. 

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1982 in works by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, and others.

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    Murray Perahia

    Murray Perahia, who was born in 1947 in New York to a family of Se-phardi origin, began learning to play the piano at the age of four. He was accepted to the Mannes College in New York when he was 17, where he also studied conducting and composition and also took lessons from Mieczysław Horszowski. Perahia gained formative inspiration from the Marlboro Summer Festival, where he worked with Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and members of the Budapest String Quartet. In 1972 he won the Leeds Piano Competition, made his New York Philharmonic debut, and began his international career, which has brought him together with the leading conductors and orchestras around the world. Perahia has maintained a close artistic connection to Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears; from 1981 to 1989 he was co-director of the Aldeburgh Festival, which Britten founded. He also enjoyed an influential friendship with Vladimir Horowitz. Murray Perahia is additionally active as a conductor and has led such ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Camerata Salzburg, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which appointed him its Principal Guest Conductor in 2000. His recordings have garnered no fewer than three Grammy Awards in the United States and eight of Britain’s Gramophone Awards; in 2011 he was awarded the German Record Critics’ Honorary Prize and, in 2013, the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize. His most recent release, in October 2016, is a new recording of Bach’s French Suites. Murray Perahia, who holds honorary doctorates from the University of Leeds and of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and who is an honorary member of the Royal College and the Royal Academy of Music, is editing the new critical edition of all the Beethoven sonatas. Queen Elizabeth II named him a Knight Commander of the British Empire in 2004.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 10 September 1983 playing Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Bernard Haitink.

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