Oct 28

Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Tamara Stefanovich

SCP Piano

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).

Program

Bartók Seven Pieces from Mikrokosmos
Ravel Sites auriculaires
Birtwistle Keyboard Engine
Messiaen Visions de l'Amen

Performers

Nov 11

Denis Matsuev

SCP 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).

Program

Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme by Corelli
Chopin Ballade No. 4
Tchaikovsky Meditation, Op. 72, No. 5
Prokofiev Sonata No. 7

Performers

Dec 2

Cédric Tiberghien

SCP 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).

Program

Scriabin Vers la flamme
Bridge Three Improvisations for the Left Hand
Debussy Etudes
Szymanowski Twelve Etudes, Op. 33
Hindemith In einer Nacht, Op. 15

Performers

Jan 27

Leif Ove Andsnes

SCP 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.

Program

Schumann Three Romances, Op. 28
Janáček On an Overgrown Path, Book I
Bartók Three Burlesques
Schumann Carnaval, Op. 9

Performers

Feb 24

Beatrice Rana

SCP 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).

Program

Chopin Twelve Etudes, Op. 25
Ravel Miroirs
Stravinsky The Firebird (trans. Agosti)

Performers

Mar 3

Behzod Abduraimov

SCP 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).

Program

Liszt Isolde's Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde
Liszt Sonata in B Minor
Prokofiev Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet

Performers

Mar 31

Maurizio Pollini

SCP 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

Program to be announced.

Performers

Apr 28

Murray Perahia

SCP 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).

Program

Program to be announced.

Performers

May 12

Evgeny Kissin

SCP 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).

Program

Chopin Selected Nocturnes
Schumann Sonata in F Minor, Op. 14
Debussy Selections from Preludes, Book I
Scriabin Sonata No. 4

Performers

Jun 9

Rudolf Buchbinder

SCP 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.

Program

Haydn Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52
Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)
Schubert Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

Performers

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