Midland Music Professional Concert Series: 2019-2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020 7pm
Dr. Lisa Yui, Vassily Primakov, Oxana Mikhailoff
This concert will present Beethoven piano sonatas, illuminated by insightful commentaries by Dr. Yui. The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Van Beethoven. From his early years in Bonn, Germany to his legendary achievements in Vienna, Austria, Beethoven has left an indelible mark that forever changed the landscape of classical music.
Saturday, March 7, 2020 7pm
Juilliard Professor Jerome Lowenthal, Piano – The Living Legend
American pianist Jerome Lowenthal has been a Juilliard faculty member since 1991. He has received prizes in international competitions in Brussels, Bolzano, and Darmstadt, and has appeared with major ochestras all over the United States including, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis. Washington D.C. and more. He has premiered solo music by Rochberg, Capanna, Reise, and Rorem. He has played duo recitals with Denis Brott, Itzhak Perlman, Ronit Amir and Ursula Oppens.
Saturday, January 4, 2020 7pm
Robert Burkhart, Cello; Oxana Mikhailoff & Vassily Primakov, Piano
These three performers will be performing Sonatas for cello and piano by Chopin and Franck, among others.
Mr. Burkhart has been hailed as an “Adventurous Cellist” by New York Magazine, as he performs throughout the NYC landscape as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral principal, and as a Broadway musician. He has played in all the major halls in New York, across more than 30 states in the US, and internationally.
Saturday, November 16, 2019 7pm
Pavel Nersessian, Piano
Program Includes Bach Fantasia A Minor; Schubert Hungarian Melody D; Schubert Four Impromptus op.90; Clementi Sonata B Minor, op.40 #2; Bach Three Chorales; Beethoven Sonata op. 27 #2 in C Sharp Minor “Moonlight”
Mr. Nersessian is one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation in Russia, as he is known for his ability to play convincingly in the whole palette of the piano repertoire. He won prizes in the Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1985, the Paloma O’Shea Competition in Santander, the Tokyo Competition, and 1st Prize in the GPA Dublin International Piano Competition in 1991.
In 2005 he became a Merited Artist of the Russian Federation. In 2013, he started as a professor of piano at Boston University.
Saturday, February 15, 2010 7 pm
Oxana Mikhailoff and Vassily Primakov- One Piano, Four Hands
Ms. Mikhailoff, the Artistic Director of Midland Music, and Mr. Primakov have known each other for over 30 years as they spent their formidable piano education together at the Moscow State Conservatory under the tutelage of the legendary Professor Vera Gornostaeva.
Ms. Mikhailoff has won many awards, including the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition. She had her Carnagie Hall debut in 1999 followed by an all-Chopin recital dedicated to the 150th anniversary of his death. Her playing has been described as “a mature and accomplished musician… Her playing has character, imagination, and is poetic. She has a strong personality and stage presence…”
Mr. Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. Gramaphone wrote thet “Primakov’s empathy with Chopin could hardly be more complete,” and the American Record Guide stated, ” Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch? In Chopin, no one currently playing sounds as good as this! This is a great Chopin pianist.”