Philippe Sly Opens 2018-19 LMMC Season


Sept .9 PHILIPPE SLY, bass-baritone
Sept. 30 MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN, piano
Oct. 21 BELCEA QUARTET, strings
Dec. 2 SETZER-FINCKEL-WU HAN TRIO, piano and strings
Feb. 3 MIRÓ QUARTET, strings Martin Beaver, viola – Clive Greensmith, cello
March 17 FAURÉ QUARTETT, piano and strings
April 7 ARTEMIS QUARTETT, strings
April 28 RICHARD GOODE, piano

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SEPT. 8 PHILIPPE SLY, baryton-basse 

‘Beautiful, blooming tone and magnetic stage presence’ is how the San Francisco Chronicle described Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly. Sly was first-prize winner at the prestigious Montreal International Musical Competition in 2012 and a grand prize winner at the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from McGill University, where he participated in performances of La Bohème (Marcello), The Rape of Lucretia (Collatinus) and The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow). In recent seasons Sly has appeared at the Paris Opera, the Hamburg Opera, l’Opéra de Lyon, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Glyndebourne, the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Montreal Symphony with Kent Nagano. Sly has recorded two solo albums on the Analekta label: In Dreams with renowned Montreal pianist Michael McMahon (2012) and Schubert Sessions with American guitarist John Charles Britton (2016). First LMMC appearance.


Montreal-born Marc-André Hamelin ranks among the elite of the piano world for his unrivaled blend of probing musicianship and phenomenal technical prowess. In addition to masterly readings of music by Haydn, Schumann and Debussy, he is well-known for championing lesser-known composers such as Leopold Godowsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Kaikhosru Sorabji, Nikolai Kapustin, Nikolai Medtner, Frederic Rzewski, Leo Ornstein and Nikolai Roslavets. In addition, Hamelin is a composer himself, with a considerable catalogue of works to his name. These include a set of piano etudes in all the minor keys. His discography numbers over 70 discs on the Hyperion label, several of which have won prestigious awards. In recognition of his remarkable discography, Mr. Hamelin was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in June 2015. Hamelin has been an Officer of the Order of Canada since 2003 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec since 2004; he is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada. 4th LMMC engagement.

OCT. 21 BELCEA QUARTET, strings, Corina Belcea -violin, Krzysztof Chorzelski-viola, Axel Schacher-violin, Antoine Lederlin-cello

The Belcea Quartet was founded at the Royal College of Music in 1994. Since then it has gained an enviable reputation as one of the world’s leading ensembles of its kind. Its diverse repertory ranges from world premieres on a regular basis, by the likes of Turnage, Penderecki and Larcher, to a profound connection with great works of the Classical and Romantic periods. Although based in Great Britain, the quartet’s members are Romanian, Polish and French. Together they blend their diverse influences and backgrounds into a common musical language. The Belcea recently became Quartet Artist-in-Residence at the new Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin. Additionally, the quartet has shared a residency at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with the Artemis Quartett (also appearing in the LMMC series this season) since 2010. During its long-term association with EMI Classics, the quartet recorded the complete Britten and Bartók quartets as well as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux, among others. In 2012 and 2013, the quartet recorded the complete Beethoven quartets live for the label ZigZag Territories and the same cycle from the Vienna Konzerthaus on DVD for Euroarts. Return engagement.


‘Cello playing of incomparable technical and musical accomplishment’ (The Sunday Times), ‘deeply communicative and highly individual performances’ (New York Times) and ‘supremely lyrical and furiously intense’ (The Guardian), are just a few of the accolades that Pieter Wispelwey has acquired over the years. This charismatic Dutch cellist is also renowned for being equally at ease playing both Baroque and modern instruments. For Baroque repertory he uses a 1710 Rombouts instrument, and for romantic and modern music a 1760 Guadagnini cello. With his acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and phenomenal technical mastery, Wispelwey has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertory from Bach to Schnittke. In 1992 he became the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize, which is awarded to the most promising young musician in the Netherlands. Wispelwey’s discography encompasses more than twenty recordings, his career spans five continents and he has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras. 10th LMMC engagement.

DEC. 2 SETZER-FINCKEL-WU HAN TRIO, piano & strings, Philip Setzer-violin, David Finckel-cello, Wu Han -piano

Violinist Philip Setzer, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han make as fine a piano trio as the world knows. Given their résumés, this is no surprise: Finckel spent more than thirty years with the famed Emerson String Quartet, Setzer is a founding member of the Emerson, and Wu Han has an outstanding career as an orchestral soloist and chamber player. Together, these three bring decades of experience to their exploration of the piano trio repertory and have become the standard bearer for this instrumental ensemble. Two of this Trio, David Finckel and Wu Han, are artistic directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as founders and artistic directors of Music@Menlo (in Silicon Valley) and of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival held in Seoul, Korea. Violinist Philip Seltzer has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and many others. He has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival. In 1976, he won a bronze medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. 4th LMMC appearance.

FEB. 3 MIRÓ QUARTET, strings

Daniel Ching -violin, John Largess -viola, William Fedkenheuer -violin Joshua Gindele -cello
with Martin Beaver -viola, Clive Greensmith -cello

Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for its deeply musical interpre-tations, exciting performances and thoughtful programming. Each season, the quartet performs throughout the world in the most important chamber music series and on the most prestigious concert stages. Based in Austin, Texas, the Miró Quartet takes its name from the Spanish artist Joan Miró, whose surrealist works draw on memory and imaginative fantasy. Concert highlights of recent seasons include a sold-out return to Carnegie Hall and collaborations with award-winning actor Stephen Dillane as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. The Miró Quartet won first prizes at several national and international competitions including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. In 2005 it became the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. For today’s performance the Miró teams up with Canadian violinist Martin Beaver, who will be playing viola, and American cellist Clive Greensmith, both formerly of the Tokyo Quartet, for the performance of Brahms’ two string sextets. First appearance in this formation.

FEB. 24 ESCHER STRING QUARTET, stringsAdam Barnett-Hart -violin, Pierre Lapointe -viola, Danbi Um – violin, Brook Speltz -cello

‘One of the top young quartets before the public today’ … ‘notable for its polish and tonal beauty’ … ‘a dark ambrosial view all its own’, are just a few of the glowing accolades that have been bestowed on the Escher String Quartet. The group was founded in 2005 in New York City, where its original members were studying at the Manhattan School of Music. The Escher Quartet has performed on five continents; in such venues as Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa at the invitation of Pinchas Zukerman. In New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. It is currently String Quartet in Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas The ensemble has recorded the complete quartets of Zemlinsky on the Naxos label and the complete quartets of Mendelssohn on the BIS label, both sets to the highest critical acclaim. In 2013 the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. LMMC return engagement.

MAR. 17 FAURÉ QUARTETT, piano quartet

Dirk Mommertz -piano, Sascha Frömbling -viola, Erika Geldsetzer -violin, Konstantin Heidrich -cello

The Fauré Quartett was founded in Karlsruhe in 1995, the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Gabriel Fauré. In the two decades since then, it has established itself as one of the world’s leading piano chamber ensembles and as one of the few for their instrumental combination. The Quartett has appeared in most of the world’s leading concert halls, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In addition to mainstream classics, the Fauré Quartett is devoted to discovering new and unusual repertory. Their most recent CD includes music by Richard Strauss and Mahler. Their visionary, experi-mental approach has attracted considerable attention, as for example in their collaborations with artists like Rufus Wainwright and Sven Helbig and appearances in clubs like Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Fanfare magazine identified the Fauré Quartett as ‘musicians who play with a great deal of refinement, nuance, and silkiness of tone’. 5th LMMC performance.

APR. 7 ARTEMIS QUARTETT, strings , Vineta Sareika -violin, Gregor Sigl-viola, Anthea Kreston -violin, Eckart Runge -cello

The Artemis Quartett was founded in 1989 at the University of Lübeck and ranks today as one of the world’s foremost ensembles of its kind. Since 2004 the ensemble has been creating its own cycles at the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, since 2011 at the Wiener Konzerthaus (together with the Belcea Quartet, also performing in the LMMC series this season), and at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. In 1996 and 1997 the quartet won first prize at two highly prestigious competitions, the ARD in Munich and the Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Since then, tours have taken them to five continents. They have recorded exclusively for Virgin Classics since 2005 and have won numerous awards including the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Gramo-phone Award, the Diapason d’or and the ECHO Klassik. Their complete Beethoven cycle was honored with the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in 2011.The quartet is named after the Greek goddess of the hunt. 3rd LMMC appearance.


Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In regular performances with the major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals and through his extensive and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, he has won a large and devoted following. The New York Times captured the essence of what makes Richard Goode such an original and compelling artist in these words: ‘It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtle or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself’. His discography is extensive and focuses on the core repertory of eighteenth and nineteenth-century composers, including the five Beethoven piano concertos, which have won worldwide acclaim. Goode’s historic recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas on Nonesuch Records were recently reissued in recognition of the 25th anniversary of this set. Goode served, together with Mitsuko Uchida, as co-Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival. 7th LMMC recital.
Robert Markow


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