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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!









SEPTEMBER 2014


September 13th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.


Amit Peled, Cello

TBD, Piano


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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



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


Shai Wosner, Piano


Downtown Piano Works is deeply honored to welcome back our favorite, internationally acclaimed Concert Artist, Shai Wosner 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.




“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




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. 









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


Alon Goldstein, Piano

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DECEMBER 2014


December 13th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Irina Nuzova, Piano


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JANUARY 2015


January 16th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Misuzu Tanaka, Piano

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FEBRUARY 2015


February 7th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Alexander Kobrin, Piano

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MARCH 2015


March 4th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Alon Goldstein, Piano

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APRIL 2015


April 3rd, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Inesa Sinkevych, Piano

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April 27th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.


Claire Huangci, Piano


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MAY 2015


May 16th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Alexander Kobrin, Piano

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