Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
SCHUMANN: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 1
PROKOFIEV: Adagio from Cinderella, Op. 97 bis; Sonata in C Major, Op. 119
CHOPIN: (trans. GLAZUNOV): Étude in C-sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7
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About This Performance
SF Performances presents one of Europe’s most sought-after soloists in this long-awaited debut. Limelight magazine called Sol Gabetta “an artist who combines intense musicality with a passionate, engaging presence.” This Argentine firebrand has blazed an impressive trail since she won the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award a decade ago, and is joined by lyrical Italian pianist Alessio Bax.
“Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta’s recital…was one which combined an interesting and rewarding choice of music with outstanding artistry, musically and technically.”
Sol Gabetta achieved international acclaim upon winning the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2004 and making her debut with Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev. Born in Argentina, Gabetta won her first competition at the age of ten, soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award as well as commendations at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. A Grammy Award nominee, she received the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2010 and the Würth-Preis of the Jeunesses Musicales in 2012.
Following her highly acclaimed debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2014 and at Mostly Mozart in New York in August 2015 this season sees Gabetta debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Houston Symphony. She will also perform with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and will tour with Orchestre de Paris, Il Giardino Armonico, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Dresdner Philharmonie with whom she is Artist in Residence this season. Brussels’ Palais des Beaux Arts will also welcome her as their resident artist. To conclude 2015–16 Gabetta will join the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on a European tour with performances at Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival as well as Salzburger Festspiele.
Gabetta performs with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide including the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker, Bolshoi and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras and The Philadelphia, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras.
She also collaborates extensively with conductors such as Giovanni Antonini, Mario Venzago and Krzysztof Urbański.
In summer 2014 Gabetta was Artist in Residence at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, having already held residencies at the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin. She is a regular guest at festivals such as Verbier, Gstaad, Schwetzingen, Rheingau, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Beethovenfest Bonn.
As a chamber musician Gabetta performs worldwide in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, with distinguished partners including Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Bertrand Chamayou. Her passion for chamber music is evident in the Festival ‘Solsberg’ which she founded in Switzerland.
Sol Gabetta was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards for her interpretation of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto with Berliner Philharmoniker and Lorin Maazel. She also received the award in 2007, 2009 and 2011 for her recordings of Haydn, Mozart and Elgar Cello concerti as well as works by Tchaikovsky and Ginastera. With an extensive discography with SONY she has also released a duo recital with Hélène Grimaud for Deutsche Grammophon.
Thanks to a generous private stipend by the Rahn Kulturfonds, Sol Gabetta performs on one of the very rare and precious cellos by G.B. Guadagnini dating from 1759. Gabetta has taught at the Basel Music Academy since 2005.
First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Alessio Bax has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.
In the 2016–17 season Bax makes his recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, gives solo recitals in Spain, Italy and California, and performs extensively with his wife, pianist Lucille Chung. Bax will tour the U.S. extensively both in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and in concert with colleagues of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Bax boasts an extensive concerto repertoire, which he puts to work this season playing with orchestras in Italy, Spain, Norway, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Alabama, Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, and Virginia.
In the summer of 2015, Bax performed in 14 festivals on three continents, including his Minnesota Orchestra debut under Andrew Litton and return to Bravo! Vail with the Dallas Symphony and Jaap van Zweden. He opened the Colorado Symphony’s 2015–16 season, undertook a recital tour of South America, collaborated for the first time with the Emerson String Quartet, played four-hand piano concerts with Lucille Chung in Canada, returned to the CMS for engagements in New York and on tour, and played a solo recital at the Cliburn Concerts series in Fort Worth. Bax released a solo album of Mussorgsky and Scriabin, joined Chung on her new disc of Poulenc piano works, and released Lullabies for Mila, a collection dedicated to their baby daughter, all on the Signum Classics label.
Bax’s celebrated discography for Signum Classics includes Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight” Sonatas, Bax & Chung, a duo disc with Lucille Chung, Alessio Bax plays Mozart, Alessio Bax plays Brahms, Bach Transcribed; and Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies.
Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the age of 14 from the Conservatory of Bari, his hometown in Italy, where his teacher was Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with Francois-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where, with Lucille Chung, he is now the Johnson-Prothro Artist-in-Residence. He also serves with Chung as co-artistic director of Dallas’ Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation, created to cultivate the legacy of the Basque pianist and to support young pianists’ careers. A Steinway artist, Bax resides in New York City with Chung and their two-year-old daughter, Mila.