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!
July 13th, 2014, 6:00p.m.
Alon Goldstein, 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 by Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel and Dorman. 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
"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."
"Goldstein poured out crisp, strongly etched torrents of
bravura chordal runs and passionate lyrical song."
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
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
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
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."
"A pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle."
"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
"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."
"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
-More Details Coming Soon-
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
“…she lavished color on oft-neglected lines, illuminated subtle
beauties, and raged through the storms, always with stunning polish.”
York Concert Review
“…she attacked the finale with unremitting intensity, bringing
listeners to their feet.”
York Concert Review
“…admirably colorful playing.”
“…she created transfixing poetry.”
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.
Shai Wosner, Piano
Downtown Piano Works is deeply honored to welcome back our favorites, 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"
“…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.”
“As played by Shai Wosner…it hardly seemed difficult at all, just crisp and exhilarating.”
“..played with great delicacy and a skittish sense of fun.”
“…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
December 13th, 2014
Irina Nuzova, Piano
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January 16th, 2015
Misuzu Tanaka, Piano
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February 7th, 2015
Alexander Kobrin, Piano
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April 3rd, 2015
Inesa Sinkevych, Piano
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May 16th, 2015
Alexander Kobrin, Piano
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