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ABOUT OUR FINE ARTIST CONCERT SERIES

Downtown Piano Works is committed to providing world-class performances free to the Frederick community with our Fine Artist Concert Series. Funding for the series comes solely from the owners, and is supported by the patronage of our business. We live in Frederick, and strongly believe in giving back to the community in which we chose to raise our family. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, after we send the e-mail invitations, and a percentage of the seats are set aside for students of the Downtown Piano Works music school. If you would like to register with our events list, please fill out the "contact us" form on this website. We hope you enjoy the series!






APRIL  2014





April 21st, 2014
-PRIVATE CONCERT-



 



April 22nd, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Alon Goldstein, Piano

Hui-Chuan Chen, Piano

Downtown Piano Works is deeply honored to welcome back our favorite, internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Alon Goldstein to our Fine Artist Concert Series for an evening of works Beethoven and Grieg. As always, there is no charge for admission to our series, but space is limited to 65. Please register to receive the e-mail invitation.



Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive artists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence and dynamic personality. Alon’s artistic vision and innovative programming have made him a favorite with audiences and critics alike throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and in April of 2008 returned with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt in Beethoven Concerto No. 1. In recent seasons Mr. Goldstein has performed with the London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Vancouver, Kansas City and North Carolina Symphonies, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and orchestras on tour in Paris, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria. 

He opened his 2013-2014 season at the Ravinia Festival as soloist with the Chicago Symphony in the Mozart Double Concerto, K. 365 with Katherine Jacobson Fleisher as well as in the Triple Concerto, K. 242 with Leon Fleisher and Ms. Jacobson Fleisher.  A few months earlier, he appeared at the Ruhr Piano Festival performing the Britten Diversions with Mr. Fleisher conducting.  The current season will include orchestral performances of the Britten, Beethoven Concertos No. 1, 2 and 4, Mozart K. 466 and Tchaikovsky No. 2 in re-engagements with the Kansas City Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic, among others. In the fall of 2013, Mr. Goldstein will release a recording of Mendelssohn Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yoav Talmi. 

During his 2012-13 season, Mr. Goldstein scored a major success on a 17-concert Latin American tour with the Israel Chamber Orchestra; a collaboration that earned them a return tour in 2015-16.  Highlights of the season included his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and performances with the Tokyo String Quartet on their final tour. In addition to performances of Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos, Mr. Goldstein’s busy schedule included nation-wide performances with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio, and solo recitals, many of which included the music of Debussy in homage of the composer’s 150th birthday. 

Mr. Goldstein’s recent seasons included his successful debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski playing Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1, a return to the IRIS Orchestra for Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with Michael Stern, Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with Jaime Laredo and the Vermont Symphony, and Avner Dorman’s Lost Souls with the Santa Barbara Symphony under Nir Kabaretti. He also performed in Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Leon Fleisher conducting. Among his recital and chamber music concerts were critically-acclaimed performances in Beijing, Guatemala City, Kent, Chicago, Los Angeles, Coral Gables, Seattle, St. Paul, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. 

Other highlights have included his Carnegie Hall debut in the Mozart Triple Concerto with Joseph Kalichstein and Shai Wosner, as well as performing two world premieres: the aforementioned Lost Souls piano concerto written for him by rising star Israeli composer Avner Dorman with the Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern, and a concerto by Mark Kopytman with Avner Biron and the Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra. Summer 2011 and 2012 included master classes at Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival, New York’s International Keyboard Festival and recitals in Paris, England and Israel. Mr. Goldstein was a featured panelist at the 2010 Conference of the League of American Orchestras discussing his recent Beethoven concerto cycle with the Rockford Symphony, which expanded the traditional concert experience to a multi-media presentation contextualizing Beethoven’s life and work, and resulted in unprecedented attendance and a subsequent surge in subscriptions. Other 2009-10 season appearances with orchestra included Chopin Concerto no. 2 with the Delaware Symphony, Mozart Concerto K. 453 with the Jerusalem Symphony and a return engagement with the Bucharest Philharmonic 'George Enescu'. 

Mr. Goldstein has appeared at the Gilmore, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Marlboro, Seattle, and Steamboat festivals in the United States as well as Prussia Cove the Verbier Festival and Klavier Festival in Rühr. He performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Millennium Park in Chicago with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. Over the past several years he has also taught and played at the “Tel Hai” international piano master classes held in Israel. 

He is the winner of numerous competitions, among them the Arianne Katcz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Nena Wideman Competition in the US and the Francois Shapira competition in Israel. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant and the America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships. The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC chose a live recording of one of Mr. Goldstein’s recitals there for its first CD release.  Other recordings include solo recital programs through the Jerusalem Music Center “Mishkenot Sha’ananim” and the Israeli Music Institute featuring works by Israeli composers. Mr. Goldstein graduated from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Leon Fleisher and served as his assistant – a position assigned only to his most exceptional students.

 
"...an irresistible powerhouse performance"

                                                                                       New York Times

"...sonorously romantic."

                                                                                       London Times

"Goldstein, Simply Profound."                     

                                                                                       The Washington Post

"Such performances take a kind of courage so seldom heard these days you want to hear him at every possible opportunity."

                                                                                       Philadelphia Inquirer

"Goldstein poured out crisp, strongly etched torrents of bravura chordal runs and passionate lyrical song."

                                                                                       Chicago Sun-Times

"Remarkable......lyrical music-making..."

                                                                                        Dallas Morning News

"The robust pianist Alon Goldstein, in his Grant Park debut, rose commandingly to the long solo introduction. His stylish and spirited playing treated the music like the fiery improvisation Beethoven must have intended."

                                                                                         Chicago Tribune



MAY 2014


May 1st, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Shai Wosner, Piano



Downtown Piano Works is deeply honored to welcome back our favorite, internationally acclaimed Concert Pianist, Shai Wosner, to our Fine Artist Concert Series for an evening of works by Schubert. As always, there is no charge for admission to our series, but space is limited to 65. Please register to receive the e-mail invitation, and guarantee a seat for this performance.

Shai Wosner continues to attract international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. With imaginative programming that communicates his intellectual curiosity, Wosner performs a wide-ranging repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Ligeti and composers of his own generation. Hailed by the Financial Times as "an artist to follow keenly", Wosner’s virtuosity and perceptiveness have increasingly made him a favorite among audiences and critics.


In the 2008-2009 season Mr. Wosner appears in recitals throughout the US and Europe, including London's Wigmore Hall, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and The 92nd Street Y in New York. Recent and upcoming orchestral engagements include his critically-acclaimed debut with The Cleveland Orchestra, his return to the Atlanta and Houston symphonies, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Indianapolis and North Carolina symphonies. He also continues his extensive performing and recording activity as a BBC New Generation Artist, which he was named in September 2007. His residency this season, to be broadcast throughout the BBC Radio 3 network, encompasses recital, chamber-music and concerto repertoire, as well as directing two Mozart concerti from the keyboard. 

Highlights of his 2009-2010 season include his subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, engagements with the BBC Scottish Symphony (a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall as well as subscription concerts), recitals as a soloist and in duos with violinists Jennifer Koh and Viviane Hagner.  

In 2005, Wosner won an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In the same year, he received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award which led to the joint commission (by the Trust and The 92nd Street Y) of Michael Hersch's Chamber Concerto, a work for piano and 13 players, based on poetry by Zbigniew Herbert.  


In recent seasons, Wosner has appeared with numerous major orchestras in North America and Europe, including re-engagements with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Columbus and Memphis; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; Staatskapelle Berlin, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Orchestre National de Belgique, among others. In 2006 he debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic during the 250th anniversary celebrations of Mozart's birth, in Salzburg. He has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Donald Runnicles, Hans Graf, Alan Gilbert, Peter Oundjian, James Conlon, James Judd and Yan Pascal Tortelier.  


Wosner is widely sought after by his colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with numerous esteemed artists including Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin and Christian Tetzlaff. From 2002-2004, he was a member of Lincoln's Center's Chamber Music Society Two. He regularly performs at various chamber music festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest in Portland and La Jolla's SummerFest. Other summer festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. 
 

His many chamber music engagements in the 2008-2009 season include a performance with members of The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. Other collaborations this season include a performance of the Mozart concerto for three pianos with Joseph Kalichstein and Alon Goldstein and the New York String Orchestra with Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. For several consecutive summers, Wosner was also involved in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Daniel Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Born in Israel, Mr. Wosner enjoyed a broad musical education from a very early age, studying piano with Emanuel Krasovsky, and composition, theory and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at Juilliard with Emanuel Ax.

Shai lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.



“Mr. Wosner had a wonderfully supple touch for Mozart.” 

                                                                                    New York Times


“Wosner proved the star of the evening as solo protagonist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21" 
                                                                                    Miami Herald

 
“…nimble technique and dry wit… His mastery of Chopin’s passagework was flawless, and he lavished plenty of elegance on the score’s less glittery sections… A return visit is clearly in order.”
                                                                                    The San Francisco Chronicle

 
“…marvelously sculpted phrases…”

                                                                                    The Philadelphia Enquirer

 
“Not for a long time have I heard ‘Carnaval’ played this well. Wosner is a major talent.” 
                                                                                   
                                                                                     Chicago Tribune

 
“As played by Shai Wosner…it hardly seemed difficult at all, just crisp and exhilarating.”
                                                                                   
                                                                                     Financial Times

 
“..played with great delicacy and a skittish sense of fun.” 

                                                                                     The Guardian














May 10th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Alexander Kobrin, Piano


Downtown Piano Works is thrilled to welcome back for for his sixth appearance,  International Concert Pianist, and 2005 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Alexander Kobrin to our Fine Artist Concert Series for an evening of works by (TBD). As always, there is no charge for admission to our series, but space is limited to 65. Please register to receive the e-mail invitation, and guarantee a seat for this performance.



Alexander Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia. He completed all his studies in Moscow with the most wonderful teachers; Prof. Tatiana Zelikman at Gnessin Music School and Prof. Lev Naumov at Moscow Chaikovsky Conservatory where he also recieved his Masters Degree.

Mr. Kobrin is the winner of several international piano competitions such as the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Busoni International Piano Competition, Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and Glasgow International Piano Competition.

He toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the USA, giving recitals and performances with orchestras in major concert halls, such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Wigmore Hall in London, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Herkulesaal in Munich, Sala Verdi in Milan, Saller Cortot in Paris, Louvre Auditorium in Paris, Berliner Filarmonia Hall, The Kennedy Center and more.

He has collaborated with many major orchestras such as the New York Philarmonic,Tokyo Philarmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestra Swiss Romande, Moscow Philarmonic, Royal Liverpool Philarmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, Chicago Simphonietta, BBC Symphony and many others.
Mr. Kobrin is a regular guest at many piano and chamber music festivals: Schloss Elmau Piano festival, LaRoque-D'Antheron, Ruhr Klavier Festival, Busoni Piano Festival, Ravinia Festival, Homecoming Festival are among them.
Mr. Kobrin has archived recordings on TV and Radio in many countries of Europe, Asia and the USA, and has recorded several CD's for International Labels with solo and chamber music repertoire. Mr.Kobrin has given masterclasses through Europe,Asia and USA. He also has been invited as a jury member of several International Piano Competitons in Paris, Vienna and Moscow. Since 2005, Mr.Kobrin is also a faculty member on the International Keyboard Festival at Mannes School of Music in NYC. He taught at the Gnessin Academy of Music from 2003 till 2010.

Mr. Kobrin was the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and in 2013, Alexander joined the renowned Artist Faculty of the Steinhardt School of Piano Studies at New York University in New York City.


"…He played down the work's blockbuster qualities in favor of its lyricism, which he couched in a thoughtfully shaped, singing line. That isn't to say that he ignored the fireworks entirely, and when he addressed the barnstorming passages on their own terms, he did so with a steely edge and ample — if thoroughly controlled — force”

                                                                                         The New York Times

“The emotional range of Kobrin's Mozart was dramatically matched by his boldly shaped Rachmaninov Paganini variations: darkly muscular one minute, achingly lyrical the next. His solo recital offered further indications of a blazing talent…As soon as his fingers started to work; the competition's bar was suddenly raised.”

                                                                                         The Times (London)

“Kobrin, with a prodigious technique (and) rich tone...had ‘winner’ stamped on him throughout the finals. His rock-solid Rachmaninoff -- the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Sonata No. 2 -- heated up the hall considerably.”

                                                                                         The Baltimore Sun

“Kobrin offered Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor as a model of clear-voiced restraint and dead-on accuracy...It was Kobrin's extraordinary playing in the finals that made him the clear gold medal winner.”

                                                                                         The Times Union

"Kobrin made every challenge seem almost absurdly easy."

                                                                                        San Antonio Express News



JUNE 2014



June TBD, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Amit Peled, Cello

TBD, Piano


Downtown Piano Works is deeply honored to welcome back our favorite, internationally acclaimed concert artist, Amit Peled to our Fine Artist Concert Series for an evening of works (TBD). As always, there is no charge for admission to our series, but space is limited to 65. Please register to receive the e-mail invitation, and guarantee a seat for this performance.





From the United States to Europe to the Middle East and Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Mr. Peled who was recently described by the American Record Guide as “Having the flair of the young Rostropovich”, has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s major concert halls, such as: Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York; Salle Gaveau, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Berlin; and Tel Aviv's Mann Auditorium.


Following enthusiastically received debuts with the Columbus Symphony ("Peled is nothing short of a superb player,” The Columbus Dispatch) and the Baltimore Symphony (“I was struck by the richness of Peled’s tone and the intensely poetic nature of his phrasing; this was very classy cello playing...." The Baltimore Sun), Mr. Peled’s 2010/11 season included recital debuts at the Kennedy Center and NYC's Symphony Space, and an Alice Tully Hall Concerto debut playing the Hindemith cello concerto.


As a recording artist, Mr. Peled has just released two critically acclaimed CDs: “The Jewish Soul” and “Cellobration” under the Centaur Records Label. Fanfare Magazine stated: “By all evidence, Amit Peled is a superb cellist. His technical prowess in the Davidoff and Ligeti vouchsafe that; and his tone, of pellucid purity, gleams with a glint of gold in the slow, lyrical numbers.” Peled is also a frequent guest artist, performing and giving master classes at prestigious summer music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Schleswig Holstein Festival and Euro Arts Festival in Germany, Gotland Festival in Sweden, Prussia Cove Festival in England, The Violoncello Forum in Spain, and the Mizra International Academy and Festival in Israel.


Amit Peled has been featured on television and radio stations throughout the world, including NPR’s “Performance Today”, WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, Deutschland Radio Berlin , Radio France , Swedish National Radio & TV, and Israeli National Radio & TV.


One of the most sought after cello pedagogues in the world, Mr. Peled is a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, and plays a rare Andrea Guarneri cello ca. 1689.



"Mr. Peled expressed a dark-hued cello sound and rendered the lyrical theme that begins the Adagio with dreaminess."
                                                                                            New York Times
 

“He has the flair of the young Rostropovich”
                                                                                            American Record Guide
 

“Simply gorgeous sound”
                                                                                            Baltimore Sun
 

“Every movement was imbued with its own shade of resigned solemnity”
 

                                                                                           Washington Post
 

“The cellist gave his heart in Rachmaninoff – beauty was coupled with drama”
 

                                                                                           Seattle Times
 

"Peled left his audience visibly awed with jaw-dropping pyrotechnics as well as nuance."
 

                                                                                            Washington Post





JULY 2014


July TBD (3 Days), 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Shai Wosner, Piano

Jennifer Koh, Violin

Downtown Piano Works is deeply honored to welcome back our favorites, internationally acclaimed Concert Artists, Shai Wosner and Jennifer Koh to our Fine Artist Concert Series for an evening of works (TBD). As always, there is no charge for admission to our series, but space is limited to 65. Please register to receive the e-mail invitation, and guarantee a seat for this performance.




Shai Wosner continues to attract international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. With imaginative programming that communicates his intellectual curiosity, Wosner performs a wide-ranging repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Ligeti and composers of his own generation. Hailed by the Financial Times as "an artist to follow keenly", Wosner’s virtuosity and perceptiveness have increasingly made him a favorite among audiences and critics.

In the 2008-2009 season Mr. Wosner appears in recitals throughout the US and Europe, including London's Wigmore Hall, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and The 92nd Street Y in New York. Recent and upcoming orchestral engagements include his critically-acclaimed debut with The Cleveland Orchestra, his return to the Atlanta and Houston symphonies, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Indianapolis and North Carolina symphonies. He also continues his extensive performing and recording activity as a BBC New Generation Artist, which he was named in September 2007. His residency this season, to be broadcast throughout the BBC Radio 3 network, encompasses recital, chamber-music and concerto repertoire, as well as directing two Mozart concerti from the keyboard. 

Highlights of his 2009-2010 season include his subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, engagements with the BBC Scottish Symphony (a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall as well as subscription concerts), recitals as a soloist and in duos with violinists Jennifer Koh and Viviane Hagner.  

In 2005, Wosner won an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In the same year, he received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award which led to the joint commission (by the Trust and The 92nd Street Y) of Michael Hersch's Chamber Concerto, a work for piano and 13 players, based on poetry by Zbigniew Herbert.  


In recent seasons, Wosner has appeared with numerous major orchestras in North America and Europe, including re-engagements with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Columbus and Memphis; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; Staatskapelle Berlin, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Orchestre National de Belgique, among others. In 2006 he debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic during the 250th anniversary celebrations of Mozart's birth, in Salzburg. He has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Donald Runnicles, Hans Graf, Alan Gilbert, Peter Oundjian, James Conlon, James Judd and Yan Pascal Tortelier.  


Wosner is widely sought after by his colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with numerous esteemed artists including Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin and Christian Tetzlaff. From 2002-2004, he was a member of Lincoln's Center's Chamber Music Society Two. He regularly performs at various chamber music festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest in Portland and La Jolla's SummerFest. Other summer festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. 
 

His many chamber music engagements in the 2008-2009 season include a performance with members of The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. Other collaborations this season include a performance of the Mozart concerto for three pianos with Joseph Kalichstein and Alon Goldstein and the New York String Orchestra with Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. For several consecutive summers, Wosner was also involved in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Daniel Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Born in Israel, Mr. Wosner enjoyed a broad musical education from a very early age, studying piano with Emanuel Krasovsky, and composition, theory and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at Juilliard with Emanuel Ax.

 
Shai lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.


Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance.
  
In the 2012-13 season, Ms. Koh will play a broad range of concertos that reflect the breadth of her musical interests. She will perform Lutoslawski’s Chain 2: Dialogue for Violin and Orchestra in her New York Philharmonic subscription debut conducted by Lorin Maazel, as well as with the London Philharmonic Orchestra led by Esa-Pekka Salonen; both in commemoration of the 2013 centennial of Lutoslawski’s birth. She will also perform Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Oregon Symphony, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Eugene Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Naples Philharmonic, Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic and Boulder Philharmonic, and Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.




Since the 1994-95 season when she won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Koh has been heard with leading orchestras and conductors around the world, including the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, New World Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and Seattle Symphony. Abroad, she has appeared with the BBC London Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony, the Brandenburg Ensemble, Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Moscow Radio Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra where she performed the Russian premiere of Ligeti’s Violin Concerto conducted by Valerie Gergiev.  A prolific recitalist, Ms. Koh appears frequently at major music centers and festivals including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Castleton, Grant Park, Marlboro, Spoleto, Wolf Trap and The Festival International de Lanaudiere in Canada.

A committed educator, Ms. Koh has won high praise for her performances in classrooms around the country under her innovative “Music Messenger” outreach program. “The majority of children in this country have not been given an opportunity to learn music as a form of self expression,” Ms. Koh asserts, “and I want to share the experience of creating and listening to music with them.” Her outreach efforts have taken her to classrooms all over the country to perform for thousands of students who have little opportunity to hear classical music in their daily lives.

Born in Chicago of Korean parents, Ms. Koh began playing the violin by chance, choosing the instrument in a Suzuki-method program only because spaces for cello and piano had  been filled. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. Ms. Koh earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Oberlin College and went on to study at the Curtis Institute, where she worked extensively with Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir. Ms. Koh is on the string faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.


“Mr. Wosner had a wonderfully supple touch for Mozart.” 

                                                                                    New York Times


“Wosner proved the star of the evening as solo protagonist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21" 
                                                                                    Miami Herald

 
“…nimble technique and dry wit… His mastery of Chopin’s passagework was flawless, and he lavished plenty of elegance on the score’s less glittery sections… A return visit is clearly in order.”
                                                                                    The San Francisco Chronicle

 
“…marvelously sculpted phrases…”

                                                                                    The Philadelphia Enquirer

 
“Not for a long time have I heard ‘Carnaval’ played this well. Wosner is a major talent.” 
                                                                                    Chicago Tribune

 
“As played by Shai Wosner…it hardly seemed difficult at all, just crisp and exhilarating.”
                                                                                    Financial Times

 
“..played with great delicacy and a skittish sense of fun.” 

                                                                                    The Guardian

 
“…many musical works flourish better when players forget the flash and approach them with plainspoken,intelligent ideas, as pianist Shai Wosner so satisfyingly did… His lively playing made the outermovements sparkle—crisp articulation and hints of rhythmic swagger created delightful vitality…” 

                                                                                    The Houston Chronicle




July 17th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.


Tanya Gabrielian, Piano

Downtown Piano Works is pleased to welcome internationally acclaimed Concert Pianist, Tanya Gabrielian to our Fine Artist Concert Series for an evening of works by (TBD). As always, there is no charge for admission to our series, but space is limited to 65. Please register to receive the e-mail invitation, and guarantee a seat for this performance.
Lauded by the Washington Post for her “strikingly poised nobility” and “commanding presence”, pianist Tanya Gabrielian has captivated audience worldwide with her gripping performances.


Gabrielian has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, in venues including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Sydney Opera House, Salle Cortot in Paris, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Bonn Beethovenhaus, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. She has performed concerti with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the New London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. National radio broadcasts include NPR, WGBH (Boston), WFMT (Chicago), KCSN (Los Angeles), WQXR (New York), and VPR (Vermont). Her debut CD, Kaleidoscope, was released in November 2010.

As founder of the MELERcollective, Tanya Gabrielian is dedicated to promoting the artist as activist through art. Projects have included an installation with the artist Fran Bull for the exhibit In Flanders Field: A Meditation on War, recitals featuring composers with mental illnesses, highlighting the stigma around mental health issues, and a multidisciplinary collaboration combining Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross with final statements from executed death row inmates. Gabrielian has also founded a biweekly interactive performance series for patients at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She was awarded the 2011 McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach for her work.
 
Tanya Gabrielian rose to international acclaim with first prizes in the Scottish International Piano Competition, and Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition, and she was the recipient of thePro Musicis International Award. Gabrielian is also a laureate of the Sydney International Piano Competition, and the Bosendorfer International Piano Competition. Her Wigmore Hall debut, as winner of the coveted Wigmore Prize awarded by the Royal Academy of Music, was reviewed as “revelatory, a feast of romantic pianism which held us enthralled” and “an astounding achievement by any standards, and one I cannot imagine being bettered… Remember the name—Tanya Gabrielian—you will be hearing a lot more from her I feel sure.”  Gabrielian’s Southbank debut recital in the Purcell Room in London, presented by the Philharmonia Orchestra, was chosen as “Performance of the Year 2006” by Seen and Heard International. She has also been featured on the cover of the magazine Clavier.
 

Tanya Gabrielian received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Hamish Milne and Alexander Satz. Upon graduation, she was awarded with a DipRAM, the highest performing award of the Academy, and she received the prize for the best final recital for six consecutive years. Gabrielian then completed her studies at The Juilliard School as the only candidate accepted for the prestigious Artist Diploma program, an extraordinarily selective post-graduate residency program, where she studied with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio. She currently resides in New York City.

"Gabrielian makes the piano appear obdurate - we imagine the enormous power and potential of the instrument which it feigns not to offer readily to any mere pianist, but she has total command and we are convinced that it would only make those sounds for her." 

                                                                                              Glasgow Herald

"A pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle."

                                                                                              London Times

"The straightforwardness of her approach seemed to come from a sense of trust in and identity with the music. There was a raptness in her performance which made it stand out from everything else - heavy music that had been fully absorbed and which she recreated with subtlety." 
                                                                                              Irish Times

"In Tanya Gabrielian I find someone that reminds me of Argerich. She has the sensitivity to caress the beautiful melodic phrases and the power to bring off mammoth climaxes...Tanya Gabrielian is someone to watch." 

                                                                                             American Record Guide

"Anyone who says that emerging young pianists all sounds alike obviously hasn't heard Tanya Gabrielian." 
                                                                                             Peninsula Reviews

"Gabrielian's lively intelligence and facility of playing delighted and proved provoking in equal measure...An astounding achievement by any standards, and one I cannot imagine being bettered. Remember the name - Tanya Gabrielian - you will be hearing a lot more from her I feel sure."

                                                                                               Seen & Heard Int'l



SEPTEMBER 2014

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OCTOBER 2014


October 25th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Sara Daneshpour, Piano

Downtown Piano Works warmly welcomes back internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Sara Daneshpour, for her fifth appearance in our Fine Artist Concert Series, for an evening of works (TBD). As always, there is no charge for admission but space is limited to 65. Please register to receive the e-mail invitation, and guarantee a seat to the performance

Sara Daneshpour is the 2nd prize winner of the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, 1st prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition, and 1st prize of the 2003 Beethoven Society of America Competition. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music studying under Leon Fleisher, and Julliard, studying under Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky.




Ms. Daneshpour has performed not only in her native city of Washington DC, but also in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Russia, Germany, Finland, Estonia,Denmark, and Sweden. She has been heard on stages of such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She has also been featured nationwide on 160 public radio stations, including the venerable WGBH in Boston. 
 
Ms. Daneshpour's performances have earned high accolades of audiences and critics alike. The Washington Post wrote of her performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra "...she created transfixing poetry. And she found delightful details in passagework and incidents that other pianists treat as routine." The Baltimore Sun stated that Sara "delivered a powerhouse account of Tchaikovsky's Concerto No.1 producing enough tone for two pianists in the process.", while The Mercury News called her performance "...sensational. Strength, finesse, passion; it was all there."  

In addition, she has been featured as a soloist on prestigious music series including the Werner Richard Saal concert series in Munich, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strathmore Hall in Washington, DC, Ventura Festival, The Frederuc Chopin Society in St.Paul, Minnesota, The Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, in which the New York Concert Review wrote,“ she lavished color on oft-nelected line, illuminated subtle beauties, and raged through the storms, always with stunning polish…she exhibits all the requisites for a high voltage career and more: blazing technique, power, expressivity, imagination, and a lovely stage presence.“
 
…she lavished color on oft-neglected lines, illuminated subtle beauties, and raged through the storms, always with stunning polish.” 
                                                                                 New York Concert Review
 
  
 
“…she attacked the finale with unremitting intensity, bringing listeners to their feet.”
  
                                                                                 New York Concert Review
 
 
 
 
“…admirably colorful playing.” 
                                                                                  The Baltimore Sun
 
 
 
 
“…she created transfixing poetry.” 
 
                                                                                 The Washington Post


NOVEMBER 2014


November 5th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Andreas Klein, Piano

Downtown Piano Works is deeply honored to welcome internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Andreas Klein to our Fine Artist Concert Series for an evening of works (TBD). As always, there is no charge for admission to our series, but space is limited to 65. Please register to receive the e-mail invitation, and guarantee a seat for this performance.
German-born pianist Andreas Klein has distinguished himself as a dynamic and compelling performer with his command of a wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations. The New York Times declared him "A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four Ts of pianism" and "A pianist who makes silences sound like music".

Andreas Klein's career as orchestra soloist and recitalist has taken him to the world's most prestigious venues from London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonic Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, to Washington DC's Kennedy Center. In Europe as well as in the USA, Mexico, and the Middle East, he has gained critical acclaim for his performances.

His signature repertoire includes all Mozart and Beethoven concerti. The Tagesspiegel in Berlin raved about his Mozart Piano Concerto KV 459 with the legendary Berlin Philharmonic: "humorous flamboyancy and impeccable technique, grace, melodious sound and plenty of brilliance." Andreas Klein was invited to perform with other important orchestras in Germany including the Berlin Symphony and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, the latter with which he was the first to premiere and record Mendelssohn's Concerto in A minor. MDR Radio's broadcast of the Frank and Liszt concerti with the Halle Orchestra received acclaim from listeners nationwide.

The Washington Post wrote "intelligent soloist Andreas Klein's articulate and flowing pianism nicely matched the orchestra's sound in this crystalline work" in response to his performance at the Kennedy Center with the Swiss Lucerne Festival Strings. This performance was part of a ten city tour which included major concert halls such as Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, Spivey Hall near Atlanta, the Wortham Center in Houston, and Mechanics Hall near Boston.

Most recently, Andreas Klein joined Cuarteto Casals performing Schumann's Piano Quintet in major US cities as well as at the Casals Festival in Costa Rica. "Cuarteto Casals and Klein delivered a memorable rendition, thanks not only to their technical mastery, but also to the musical rapport among the ensemble members and guest pianist," wrote the Palm Beach Daily News. He brought the house down at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City with two contrasting works, the powerful "Wanderer Fantasy" and the brilliant Italian Concerto by Bach.

His CD releases have received praise by critics, conductors, and presenters alike. Of his Beethoven and Berg album, The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Klein is an excellent pianist. In Berg's Sonata the voluptuous haze was blown away: one followed the progress of every theme and motive as they steadily transformed themselves into a single architectural design."

Andreas Klein is a graduate of the Juilliard School and complemented his studies with the legendary Claudio Arrau and Nikita Magaloff. 




DECEMBER 2014

December 6th, 2014
Irina Nuzova, Piano
More details coming soon






APRIL 2015

April 3rd, 2015

Inesa Sinkevych, Piano
More details coming soon.