3:00 PM Sunday, October 28, 2018
French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the brilliant Yugoslav-born pianist Tamara Stefanovich offer works by Bartók, Ravel and Messiaen, as well as Harrison Birtwistle’s Keyboard Engine, newly commissioned for them. “[Aimard and Stefanovich gave] a breathtaking performance of both profound musical and personal faith and love, and an extraordinary display of bravura pianism” (Bachtrack).
Bartók Seven Pieces from MikrokosmosRavel Sites auriculairesBirtwistle Keyboard EngineMessiaen Visions de l'Amen
Pierre-Laurent Aimard pianoTamara Stefanovich piano
3:00 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018
Denis Matsuev, winner of the 1998 Tchaikovsky Competition, presents a program of varied and expressive works including Rachmaninov’s beguiling Variations on a Theme by Corelli. “Matsuev offered Chicagoans a performance both dreamily shaded and ferocious, gigantic in scale and exhilarating” (Chicago Tribune).
Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme by CorelliChopin Ballade No. 4Tchaikovsky Meditation, Op. 72, No. 5Prokofiev Sonata No. 7
Denis Matsuev piano
3:00 PM Sunday, December 2, 2018
Imaginative and probing French pianist Cédric Tiberghien makes a highly anticipated return to Symphony Center following his critically acclaimed recital debut in 2015. He performs a program of works composed between 1914 and 1918 that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. “Tiberghien’s technique is formidable, but it’s his intensity and poetic impulsiveness that catch the ear” (The Boston Globe).
Scriabin Vers la flammeBridge Three Improvisations for the Left HandDebussy EtudesSzymanowski Twelve Etudes, Op. 33Hindemith In einer Nacht, Op. 15
Cédric Tiberghien piano
3:00 PM Sunday, January 27, 2019
“Andsnes is not just a superb pianist, with one of the finest techniques one will witness, but is one of the most interesting musicians on the classical scene” (New York Classical Review). The celebrated Norwegian pianist performs a wide-ranging program of music by Bartók and Schumann, plus the first book of Janáček’s intimate, evocative cycle On an Overgrown Path.
Schumann Three Romances, Op. 28Janáček On an Overgrown Path, Book IBartók Three BurlesquesSchumann Carnaval, Op. 9
Leif Ove Andsnes piano
3:00 PM Sunday, February 24, 2019
Don’t miss the Symphony Center debut of rising performer Beatrice Rana, recent winner of Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award. The Italian pianist performs Chopin’s brilliant Twelve Etudes, Ravel’s poetic Miroirs and Agosti’s virtuosic arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Firebird. “Rana’s playing has a kind of Orphic seductiveness, a transcendent lightness of touch” (The London Times).
Chopin Twelve Etudes, Op. 25Ravel MiroirsStravinsky The Firebird (trans. Agosti)
Beatrice Rana piano
3:00 PM Sunday, March 3, 2019
Uzbekistan native Behzod Abduraimov is highly regarded for his captivating playing and brilliant technique. He makes his Symphony Center debut with a program of well-known works by Prokofiev and Liszt. “Jaw-dropping brilliance. Abduraimov showed his supreme skill with fingers flowing freely across the octaves, producing an exhilarating performance” (Bachtrack).
Liszt Isolde's Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan and IsoldeLiszt Sonata in B MinorProkofiev Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet
Behzod Abduraimov piano
3:00 PM Sunday, March 31, 2019
With a long career of legendary performances, Maurizio Pollini returns to Symphony Center for a highly anticipated recital. “It’s the sense of being pulled forward that paradoxically gives Pollini’s famously tranced, beautiful sound its special quality. The back-and-forth between charm and something darker was riveting” (The Daily Telegraph).
Program to be announced.
Maurizio Pollini piano
3:00 PM Sunday, April 28, 2019
An artist of extraordinary eloquence, Murray Perahia brings freshness and distinction to his interpretations. Don’t miss his return to Symphony Center for a stirring afternoon recital. “His sound was robust, full of light and color, his playing true to the music's mingled fantasy and lyricism” (Chicago Tribune).
Murray Perahia piano
3:00 PM Sunday, May 12, 2019
Evgeny Kissin, whose effortless virtuosity and revelatory performances sell out concert halls around the world time and again, returns for an intimate recital. “Supple, elegant, unsentimental and suffused with poetry and nostalgia… Kissin’s mastery is so complete and his expression so natural in this music that he doesn’t seem to be interpreting at all” (Chicago Classical Review).
Chopin Selected Nocturnes Schumann Sonata in F Minor, Op. 14 Debussy Selections from Preludes, Book I Scriabin Sonata No. 4
Evgeny Kissin piano
3:00 PM Sunday, June 9, 2019
“Buchbinder’s ability to bring the music to life, to inhabit each of the phrases, is extraordinary” (Bachtrack). The Austrian pianist performs works by Haydn and Beethoven, plus Schubert’s final, majestic sonata, for an unforgettable close to the 2018/19 Symphony Center Presents Piano season.
Haydn Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)Schubert Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960
Rudolf Buchbinder piano