Monterey Symphony — Talented young artists from the Curtis Institute of Music

Pianist Michael Davidman

I can’t remember when I have enjoyed a performance of a Mozart piano concerto as much as I did the dazzling, charming performance we heard last night by 20-year-old Michael Davidman. A student at the Curtis Institute of Music, Davidman was sharing the limelight on this occasion, the 4th program in the Monterey Symphony’s “Grand Piano Series,” with guest conductor Conor Gray Covington, a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, who at a young age already has an an impressive list of accomplishments to his credit. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Concerto, Monterey Symphony, Piano trio

Takacs String Quartet – Intense and Introspective

Takacs String Quartet

A select but highly gratified audience welcomed the renowned Takacs String Quartet — Edward Dusinberre and Karoly Schranz, violins; Geraldine Walther, viola; and Andras Fejer, cello — to Stanford’s Bing Hall, Friday, February 23 as part of the Stanford Live series of concerts. For music of Schubert and Beethoven the Takacs performed independently; but for the imposing, Romantic Op. 1 of Erno von Dohnanyi, his Piano Quintet in C Minor, the ensemble enjoyed the inestimable talents of Marc-Andre Hamelin, who provided an exemplary complement in a work that well embraces a musical tradition established by Schumann and Brahms. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era, Romantic Era, String quartet

Steinway Society — Pianist Anna Fedorova at Trianon Theatre in San Jose

Anna Fedorova

An impressive sold out audience was in store for an evening of equally impressive piano virtuosity on Saturday, February 17, when Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova performed a superb concert of favorite and well-known works sponsored by Bay Area Steinway Society. Due to the capacity plus audience, the beginning of the concert was delayed 15 minutes, but no one seemed to mind. Fedorova has won her share of competitions and has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues around the world. Now Trianon Theatre joins the list. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era

Lean and Lyrical – A Recital by James Ehnes

Sporting his abundantly resonant 1715 “Marsick” Stradivarius, violinist James Ehnes, with the keyboard collaboration of Orion Weiss, presented a fine display of lyricism and virtuosity in his program for Chamber Music San Francisco at the JCC Palo Alto, Monday, February 12. Often labeled “the Heifetz of today,” Mr. Ehnes intoned the music of Beethoven, Poulenc, and Richard Strauss less with the burnished Heifetz wizardry than with the lean, elegantly virile style of Heifetz’s most apt and commercially successful protégé, Erick Friedman.  Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Classical Era, Violin

Carmel Music Society – American String Quartet

Yesterday afternoon at Sunset Center in Carmel, we had an opportunity to hear the American String Quartet, one of the most celebrated ensembles in the world. The players — violinists Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violist Daniel Avshalomov, and cellist Wolfram Koessel — were at the top of their form and impressed us with their ability to breath new life into some very familiar masterpieces. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Carmel Music Society, Chamber music, Classical Era, String quartet