Augustin Hadelich won his first Grammy in 2016 (“Best Classical Instrumental Solo”) for his recording of the Dutilleux violin concerto (“l’arbre des songes”) with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot. He also debuted with the Chicago and Pittsburgh symphonies, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, at the Ravinia Festival, and recorded with the London Philharmonic.
Return engagements included Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebous, as well as performances with the London Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Seattle, and Vancouver. Hadelich’s chamber music partners have included Inon Barnatan, Jeremy Denk, James Ehnes, Richard Goode, Gary Hoffman, Kim Kashkashian, Midori, Vadim Repin, Joyce Yang, and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard quartets.
Joyce Yang came to international attention in 2005, when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19, she also took home awards for Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takàcs Quartet) and for Best Performance of a New Work. Ms. Yang made her New York Philharmonic debut under Lorin Maazel in 2006 and won the Juilliard School’s Arthur Rubinstein prize on graduation in 2010.
Ms. Yang has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra; the Chicago, San Francisco, Sydney, and Toronto symphony orchestras; and in recital at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Chicago’s Symphony Hall. The New York Times referred to her performance as “a knockout.”
In 2016, Avie Records will release a recording by Hadelich and Yang featuring works by Schumann, Kurtág, Franck, and Previn.
Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3 – Ludwig van Beethoven
Berlin Music – Brett Dean
Sonata D Major, K. 306 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento after “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Homage to Tchaikovsky) – Igor Stravinsky
Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Beethoven’s G Major Sonata for Violin and Piano was completed in 1802 and is the third of his Op. 30 sonatas dedicated to Czar Alexander I. In October of that year, Beethoven acknowledged that he was going deaf and admitted having suicidal thoughts. Yet, the Sonata is full of warmth and humor.
- Born in Australia in 1961, Brett Dean was a violist in the Berlin Philharmonic from 1985 to 1999. Returning to Australia, he was Artistic Director of the Melbourne’s National Academy of Music until 2010. In 2013, the Berlin Philharmonic premiered his piece, “The Last Days of Socrates.”
- The last of six sonatas Mozart composed during 1777-1778, Alfred Einstein called the D Major Sonata, “a great concert sonata.”
- In 1928, Stravinsky composed a ballet, “The Fairy’s Kiss,” based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s death and incorporating interpretations of the latter’s works. Much of the score was later transcribed for violin and piano, which then became the Divertimento.
- Tchaikovsky wrote the Valse-Scherzo in 1877. It is believed that he first wrote the arrangement for violin and piano, which was then orchestrated for violin and orchestra.