MEDIA/ONLINE LISTING ALERT
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Contact: Nancy Bertossa
(415) 677-0328 or nancy@sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances Announces Front Row Premium

Available Free Online

Upcoming Releases:

Timo Andres, composer/piano
Available Free Online: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Recorded January 2021

Timo Andres, composer/piano
Available Free Online: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Recorded January 2021

Jonathan Biss, piano
Available Free Online: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Recorded January 2021

Jason Vieaux, guitar
Available Free Online: Thursday, March 18, 2021

To be recorded February 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—February 2, 2021—San Francisco Performances (SFP) announces the release of the Front Row Premium series, a free series of four premium handcrafted performances recorded specifically for release on the SFP “Front Row” online platform. The first series of performances released on “Front Row” in April, 2020 consisted primarily of selected audio recordings from SFP’s vast archive of full-length past performances. The “Sanctuary Series” produced and released in June of 2020 was a series of multiple collaborations between artists and SFP President Melanie Smith to produce newly recorded content for the platform.

Thoughtful, timely and full of freshly recorded programs, the Front Row Premium platform (membership is free with email sign-up) will be kicked off by composer/pianist Timo Andres, pianist Jonathan Biss and guitarist Jason Vieaux. All four recordings of their performances will remain on the SFP website indefinitely.

“The Premium series is an exciting extension of our June Sanctuary series where the programming was created specifically by artists for the series. With composer/pianist Timo Andres’s large role already in our 2020–21 season (three distinct performances), we were delighted to offer him two spots on the Premium schedule. His first program is a tribute to Philip Glass and Franz Schubert, both of whom share a January 31 birthday. It was that connection that initially prompted Timo to create a program of their works. His second program includes pieces by John Adams, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Duke Ellington, François Couperin, Alvin Singleton, Poulenc and Sir Roland Hanna. We’re also very happy to welcome Jonathan Biss and Jason Vieaux to our Front Row Premium series, adding a sense of intimacy that mirrors our regular Herbst Theatre performances.” —Melanie Smith, SFP President

Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn, NY. A Nonesuch Records artist, his album of orchestral works, Home Stretch, has been hailed for its “playful intelligence and individuality,” (The Guardian) and of his 2010 debut album for two pianos Shy and Mighty (performed by himself and duo partner David Kaplan), Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker that “it achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene…more mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.”

Notable works include Everything Happens So Much for the Boston Symphony with Andris Nelsons; Strong Language, a string quartet for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series; Steady Hand, a two-piano concerto commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia and premiered at the Barbican with Andres and pianist David Kaplan; and The Blind Banister, a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss, which was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

As a pianist, Timo Andres has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Britten Sinfonia, the Albany Symphony, New World Symphony, and in many collaborations with Andrew Cyr and Metropolis Ensemble. He has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Phillips Collection, and (le) Poisson Rouge. Among others, Andres has collaborated with Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens, Jeffrey Kahane, Gabriel Kahane, Brad Mehldau, Nadia Sirota, the Kronos Quartet, the LA Dance Project, John Adams, and Philip Glass, with whom he has performed the complete Glass Etudes around the world, and who selected Andres as the recipient of the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in 2016.

Timo Andres earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music. He is a Yamaha/Bösendorfer Artist and in 2018 joined the composition faculty at Mannes School of Music.

View clip of Timo Andres’ Front Row Premium video.

Jonathan Biss was born in 1980; his professional debut preceded this event by several months, when he performed, prenatally, the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall, with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel. Subsequent violin performances have shown greater independence, though they have also been more likely to send listeners running in the opposite direction, wildly searching for Ear, Nose and Throat specialists, and handguns.

Although the highlight of his career as a violinist took place when he was a fetus, Biss’ childhood was nonetheless saturated with music. With both of his parents playing the violin, and his older brother Daniel taking up the piano, he remembers music emanating from nearly every room in the house, including bathrooms, which, while modest in their decor, were valued for their acoustical properties.

Growing up in Bloomington, Indiana, Biss was blessed with excellent teachers, starting with Karen Taylor and continuing with Evelyne Brancart, who for six years was an invaluable source of information while Biss weathered what might best be termed an awkward adolescence. At the age of 17, Biss went to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Leon Fleisher, which proved a phenomenal learning experience whenever Biss stopped looking under the piano to see if magic or pharmaceuticals were involved in the production of Mr. Fleisher’s surreally beautiful sound.

While Biss’s life in music provides him with tremendous satisfaction, playing music remains ever a struggle. He regards it as a pleasure and privilege to live this struggle, and to share its results with other people.

More at http://jonathanbiss.com.

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Play.

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, San Diego, Buffalo, Auckland Philharmonia, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Recent and upcoming highlights include performances at Caramoor Festival as Artist-in-Residence, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Curtis Presents, Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s 92Y, Domaine Forget International Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, and Ravinia Festival.

He has forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer through performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, San Francisco Performances, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others. Chamber music collaborators include the Escher Quartet; Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; violinists Anne Akiko Meyers, Kristin Lee, and Tessa Lark; acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro.

More at https://www.jasonvieaux.com/about/

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.

Calendar Editors, Please Note: The following recordings will be available as listed by their airdate, at sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances Presents Front Row Premium

Timo Andres, composer/piano
Available Free Online: Thursday, February 11, 2021

PROGRAM:
GLASS: Étude No. 6
SCHUBERT: Impromptu in F minor, Op. 142, No. 1
SCHUBERT: Impromptu in C minor, Op. 90, No. 1
GLASS: Étude No. 20

Timo Andres, composer/piano
Available Free Online: Thursday, February 25, 2021

PROGRAM:
John Adams, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Duke Ellington, François Couperin, Alvin Singleton, Poulenc, and Sir Roland Hanna

Jonathan Biss, piano
Available Free Online: Thursday, March 4, 2021

PROGRAM:
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 7
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78, à Thérèse
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110

Jason Vieaux, guitar
Available Free Online: Thursday, March 18, 2021

PROGRAM:
BACH, BROUWER, DOWLAND, METHENY

Editors: To schedule an interview with SFP President Melanie Smith regarding her viewpoints on art and culture during COVID-19 please contact Nancy Bertossa at: nancy@sfperformances.org

For images contact: nancy@sfperformances.org

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