Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
BARTÓK: Violin Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76
POULENC: Violin Sonata, FP 119
ENESCU: Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 25
About This Performance
Powerhouse violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who serves as this year’s Artistic Director for the Ojai Festival, has a knack for clever programming as seen in her mostly French program with works by Poulenc, Ravel, Enenscu, and Bartók.
Molodovan born violinist and “one of the most distinctive voices in the violin world,” Patricia Kopatchinskaja's unique approach shows itself in her diverse repertoire ranging from baroque and classical works played on gut strings, to new commissions and re-interpretations of modern masterpieces. “A player of rare expressive energy and disarming informality, of whimsy and theatrical ambition” (Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, June 2018).
2018–19 is another exciting season for Kopatchinskaja as she continues to collaborate with leading conductors and orchestras. The season begins with a debut for Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (Kent Nagano), performances with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Berliner Philharmoniker (Kirill Petrenko) and a European tour with Kammerorchester Basel (Heinz Holliger). In the U.S., Kopatchinskaja will make another important debut with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra for concerts of Eötvös Sevenand under the baton of Currentzis she will revive Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Musica Aeterna for a Japanese Tour.
With recital partner, Polina Leschenko she has released Deux(Alpha), which the duo will tour, making their collective debut to the U.S. and Japan.
Kopatchinskaja has held the position of Artistic Partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2014 and was awarded a Grammy in 2018 for their recording, Death and the Maiden (Alpha). Other accolades include the prestigious Swiss Grand Award for Music in 2017, a recognition of exceptional talent and innovation awarded by the Federal Office of Culture for Switzerland.
Highlights last season included the world premiere of her new project, Dies Irae at the Lucerne Festival where she was “artiste étoile.” The project also received its North American premiere as part of Kopatchinskaja’s position as Music Director at the Ojai Music Festival this summer. Other highlights include appearances at the Salzburger Festspiele with Markus Hinterhauser and Camerata Salzburg for pieces by Ustwolskaja and Hartmann.
Polina Leschenko was born in St Petersburg into a family of musicians and began playing the piano under her father’s guidance at the age of six. Two years later she made her solo debut with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra in St Petersburg. She studied with Sergei Leschenko, Vitali Margulis, Pavel Gililov, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky and Christopher Elton. At the age of 16 she received her Higher Diploma with the greatest distinction from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.
Leschenko works with orchestras around the world including Camerata Salzburg, Hallé, London Mozart Players, Scottish Chamber, Bournemouth Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Bern Symphony, Russian National, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Orquesta de Euskadi and Australian Chamber Orchestra. A regular visitor to the Hallé, she performed in their 150th birthday celebration concert in February 2008, and in September 2008 she toured South America with the orchestra and Sir Mark Elder. As an accomplished and admired chamber musician, Polina Leschenko also performs frequently at many festivals, including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Risor, Stavanger, Istanbul, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, the Salzburg Festival and Musiktage Mondsee. Regular collaborations with artists include Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Alissa Margulis, Priya Mitchell, Daniel Rowland, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Rysanov, Mark Drobinsky, Natalie Clein, Heinrich Schiff, Torleif Thedéen and the Auryn Quartet. Leschenko has given major solo recitals in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as in Salzburg, Milan, London, Paris, Brussels, Minnesota and Atlanta.
In 2009 Leschenko began a new position as International Chair in Piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, where she had a three-year residency.
In 2003 Polina Leschenko recorded a debut CD for EMI in the series Martha Argerich presents… with works by Liszt, Chopin, Kreisler/Rachmaninov, Brahms and Bach/Feinberg. She has also recorded a well-received disc of Prokofiev chamber music with Martha Argerich, Christian Poltéra and Roby Lakatos, for Avanticlassic, with whom she has a recording contract. Avanticlassic released her recital disc, featuring an all-Liszt program including the B minor Sonata, in May 2007. The disc has won several awards: a Choc du Monde de la Musique, Pizzicato magazine’s Supersonic and a Joker from Belgian magazine Crescendo.
In 2009, EMI Classics released a recording of Glinka’s Sextet as part of the Martha Argerich and Friends Live from the Lugano Festival series.