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IGOR LEVIT

Igor Levit was recently announced as the winner of the prestigious quadrennial Gilmore Artist Award, and snagged Gramophone’s Recording of the Year 2016. He returns to the VRS stage after a sold-out Canadian debut in 2016. His riveting performances leave audiences wanting more and critics scrambling for superlatives.

“He hit the first note and the sheer depth and resonant sovereignty of his tone engulfed a monumental space.” — The LA Times

This program, curated by Igor Levit, explores the interrelationship between composer and arranger.

J.S. BACH: Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004 arr. Brahms
BUSONI: Fantasia after J.S. Bach KiV 253
SCHUMANN: Ghost Variations WoO 24
WAGNER: Parsifal: Solemn March to the Holy Grail arr. Liszt
LISZT: Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale, “Ad nos ad salutarem undam” arr. Busoni

In Association With:

 

The Chan Endowment Fund
at the University of British Columbia

 

ANDREA LUCCHESINI

Trained under the guidance of the great Italian pianist Maria Tipo, Andrea Lucchesini garnered international attention at a young age when he won the Dino Ciani International Competition at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Around that time, he made his debut on our series at the Vancouver Playhouse. He enjoyed a close collaboration with renowned Italian composer Luciano Berio and has recorded all his works for piano. Andrea is currently Artistic Director at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole where he teaches when he’s not performing.

“With a refined touch and a beguiling sense of Schubertian style, the Italian pianist Andrea Lucchesini conveys to captivating effect the sublime invention and intimacy of the impromptus.” — The Telegraph

SCARLATTI: 5 Sonatas
BERIO: 6 Encores
SCHUBERT: Sonata in B at major, D. 960

Learn more about the program at our pre-concert talk in the Chan Centre’s Royal Bank Cinema at 2.15pm.

In Association With:

 

The Chan Endowment Fund
at the University of British Columbia

George Li

 

Learn more about each afternoon’s recital program at our pre-concert talks. Each talk takes place at 2:15pm in the Chan Centre’s Royal Bank Cinema.

Those who witnessed the astonishing Vancouver debut of (then) 16-year-old pianist George Li in 2011 will know what to expect. This extraordinary young musician has since gone on to win the Silver Medal at the XV International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition and a coveted Avery Fisher Career Development Grant. George possesses brilliant virtuosity and effortless grace far beyond his years. In addition to a busy concert career he is also a student at Harvard University.

HAYDN: Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI:32, L. 47
CHOPIN: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
RACHMANINOV: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
LISZT: Consolation No. 3 in D-flat major, S.172
LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S.244/2

“Mr. Li’s playing combined youthful abandon with utter command.” — The New York Times

 

Concert sponsor: The John C. Kerr Family Foundation

In Association With:

 

Yekwon Sunwoo, 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Winner

On June 10, 2017, Yekwon Sunwoo was announced as the Gold Medalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In its 55-year history, the quadrennial Cliburn has identified and ushered a host of exceptional artists to international prominence, including Barry Douglas, Olga Kern, Radu Lupu, Jon Nakamatsu, and Cristina Ortiz.

28-year-old Yekwon, from Anyang, South Korea, gave his recital and orchestral debuts in 2004 in Seoul, before moving to the United States to earn his bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music and his master’s at The Juilliard School. Career highlights include performances with the Juilliard Orchestra under Itzhak Perlman at Avery Fisher Hall, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, and the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as recitals at Carnegie Hall, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. Yekwon has already graced the VRS stage; he performed with violinist Benjamin Beilman at the Vancouver Playhouse in the 2016-17 Season.

SCHUBERT: Sonata in C minor D. 958
GRAINGER: “Ramble on the last Love-duet” from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier
RACHMANINOV: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 36 (1931 Edition)
RAVEL: La Valse

“One of the world’s highest-visibility classical music contests” — The Dallas Morning News

“Technical brilliance set off by artistic sensitivity.” — Washington Post

 

Concert Sponsor: Anonymous

In Association With:

 

Marc-André Hamelin

 

Learn more about each afternoon’s recital program at our pre-concert talks. Each talk takes place at 2:15pm in the Chan Centre’s Royal Bank Cinema.

Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the elite of world pianists for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire as well for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, and for performances of his own compositions. This is clearly illustrated in his program for this concert.

FRANZ LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A minor
FRANZ LISZT: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude
FRANZ LISZT: Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H
SAMUIL FEINBERG: Sonata No. 4 in E-flat minor, Op. 6
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Images, Book 1
LEOPOLD GODOWSKY: Wine, Women and Song

 

In Association With:

 

Paul Lewis

VRS audiences have had the opportunity to witness Paul Lewis’ rise to fame since he first performed in Vancouver in 2001. He is now regarded as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.

Of Paul’s recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas, Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times wrote, “There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings.”

Program:

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
Chopin: Three Waltzes
Weber: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A flat, Op. 39

Concert Sponsor: Elaine Adair

In association with:

Chan-and-UBC

Behzod Abduraimov

“He has fingers that seem as though they were made to create rainbows” – Los Angeles Times

“Fingers of fire. He is an electric battery”- Le Temps

These two quotes say it all. That’s why we’re bringing this Uzbek wonder back. Get ready for goosebumps!

Program:

Vivaldi-Bach-Cortot: Siciliana in D minor
Bach-Busoni: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D. 780
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82
Balakirev: Islamey, Op. 18

Concert sponsor: Kurt Gagel

In association with:

Chan-and-UBC

Mark Padmore

Take note!

 

There is a pre-concert talk at 2.15pm

 

 

Mark Padmore has established a flourishing career in opera, concert and recital.  His performances in Bach’s Passions have garnered particular notice throughout the world. Paul Lewis is one of the VRS’ brightest discoveries and most regular visitors. Mark and Paul have performed and recorded Schubert’s Schwanengesang and Die Schöne Müllerin, as well as the epic Die Winterreise, which won Gramophone Magazine’s Vocal Solo Award in 2010.

“Apart from the sheer intelligence behind the interpretation, Padmore’s voice is lustrous; gleaming but flexible, alive to nuance and color, never overdone.” — International Record Review

SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN, BRAHMS & WOLF

 

Concert Sponsor: Elaine Adair

 

In Association With:

Chan-and-UBC

Leif Ove Andsnes

Take note!

 

There is a pre-concert talk at 2.15pm

 

 

Since making his Canadian debut on this series at the age of 22, this celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide for his stellar performances and award-winning recordings. Over the years, his appearances for the VRS — either solo, or with Ian Bostridge or Christian Tetzlaff — have been amongst the most significant and memorable performances in our history.

“A pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight.” — New York Times

SIBELIUS: Kyllikki, Three Pieces Op. 41
SIBELIUS: The Birch, Op. 75, No. 4
SIBELIUS: The Spruce, Op. 75, No. 5
SIBELIUS: The Forest Lake, Op. 114, No. 3
SIBELIUS: Song in the Forest, Op. 114, Op. 4
SIBELIUS: Spring Vision, Op. 114, No. 5
BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 18 in Eb major, Op. 31, No. 3
DEBUSSY: La soirée dans Grenade from Estampes
DEBUSSY: Étude 7 pour les degrés chromatiques
DEBUSSY: Étude 11 pour les arpèges composés
DEBUSSY: Étude 5 pour les octaves
CHOPIN: Impromptu in A flat Major, Op. 29
CHOPIN: Étude in A flat Major from Trois nouvelles études
CHOPIN: Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1
CHOPIN: Ballad No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

 

Concert sponsor: The Late Dr. Sherold & Mrs. Shirley Fishman

Supported by:

Norwegian Embassy small

 

 

 

In association with:

Chan-and-UBC

Tetzlaff Trio

Take note!

 

There is a pre-concert talk at 2.15pm

 

 

Despite their very busy individual careers, the three musicians who comprise this trio — pianist Lars Vogt, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff — get together whenever time permits to play the Piano Trio repertoire.  We are delighted to have secured a date on one of their very rare North American tours.

“Whatever they play, you want to hear it. In terms of technical dazzle and lyrical heart, the performance lived up to high expectations.” — The New York Times

SCHUMANN: Trio No.2 in F major, Op.80
DVORÁK: Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”
BRAHMS: Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

 

In Association With:

Chan-and-UBC

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