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San Francisco Performances Presents
Isabelle Faust, violin
Alexander Melnikov, piano
Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—January 16, 2020—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents violinist Isabelle Faust, pianist Alexander Melnikov and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. Isabelle Faust returns to SFP for the second time; she made her recital debut in May 2012. That recital was also Alexander Melnikov’s debut and engagement marks his fourth appearance with SFP. Jean-Guihen Queyras made his SFP debut in October 2018.

“These three virtuosi—each celebrated international soloists in their own right, have come together in this rare appearance for an evening devoted to Beethoven. The trio’s blend, balance and technique are exceptional and what better place than the acoustically superb Herbst Theatre to hear these Beethoven string trios as we begin a year of celebrating his 250th birthday.” —SFP President Melanie Smith

Isabelle Faust captivates her listeners through her insightful and faithful interpretations, based on a thorough knowledge of the historical context of the works as well as her attention to current scholarship. At an early age, Faust won the prestigious Leopold Mozart and Paganini competitions and was soon invited to appear with the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Faust performs a wide-ranging repertoire, from J.S. Bach to contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Lachenmann and Widmann. To highlight this versatility, in addition to her mastery of the great symphonic violin concertos, she also performs works such as Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with soprano Anna Prohaska, or Schubert's Octet on historical instruments. She will premiere several new works for violin and orchestra in the coming seasons, including concerti by composers Péter Eötvös, Ondrej Adámek, Marco Stroppa, Oscar Strasnoy and Beat Furrer.

Alexander Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov. His most formative musical moments in Moscow include an early encounter with Svjatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. He was awarded important prizes at eminent competitions such as the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1989) and the Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (1991).

Known for his often unusual musical and programmatic decisions, Alexander Melnikov discovered a career-long interest in historically-informed performance practice at an early age. His major influences in this field include Andreas Staier and Alexei Lubimov. Melnikov performs regularly with distinguished period ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Musica Aeterna and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

As a soloist, Alexander Melnikov has performed with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Russian National Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and the NHK Symphony, under conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Teodor Currentzis, Charles Dutoit, Paavo Järvi and Valery Gergiev. In the 2018–19 season Alexander Melnikov toured his project “The Man with the Many Pianos”, where he performs a solo recital on different instruments reflecting the periods in which the works were written. Next to concerts with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, he continues his collaboration with Camerata Salzburg and as an Artistic partner with Tapiola Sinfonietta.

Further highlights included a US tour with Andreas Staier, recitals at Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilarmonie, Cité de la Musique Paris and the Chamber Music Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie as well as being an artist in residence at London Wigmore Hall.

Jean-Guihen Queyras enjoys an enviable reputation as a musician of exceptional versatility and integrity. His musical horizons are seemingly boundless and he is in great demand both as a soloist with international orchestras and conductors, a chamber musician and as a solo performer. He has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including The Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande and Netherlands Philharmonique, under the baton of conductors such as Franz Brüggen, Günther Herbig, Ivan Fisher, Philippe Herreweghe, Jiří Bělohlávek, Olivier Knussen and Sir Roger Norrington. He is a regular soloist with several early music ensembles such as Freiburg Baroque and Akadamie für Alte Musik Berlin and he made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York with Concerto Köln in March 2004.

His extensive repertoire incorporates a number of contemporary works and he has given several world premieres including Ivan Fedele’s cello concerto (Orchestre National de France, Leonard Slatkin) and Gilbert Amy’s concerto (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall, Tokyo). He has also premiered and recorded Bruno Mantovani’s concerto with the Saarbrücken Radio Sinfonieorchester and Phillippe Schoeller’s Wind’s Eyes with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg.

He has played a cello made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale since November 2005.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
All BEETHOVEN Program:
Trio in E-flat Major, WoO 38
Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2
Variations on an Original Theme in E-flat Major, Op. 44
Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost”

Watch a video: https://sfperformances.org/media/1920/videos/FaustMelnikovQueyras.html

Tickets are $70/$55/$45 for each evening and can be purchased at sfperformances.org or by calling 415.392.2545. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

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SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: Beethoven’s String Trios
CONCERT TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

For high-resolution images, contact Nancy Bertossa at nancy@sfperformances.org or go to https://sfperformances.org/media/1920/FaustMelnikovQueyras.html

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