Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2020

Jonathan Biss

Biography

Jonathan Biss’s approach to music is a holistic one. As well as being one of the world’s most sought-after pianists, he is co-Artistic Director of Marlboro Music, a renowned teacher, writer and musical thinker.

One of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time, in 2011 Biss embarked on a nine-year, nine-disc project to record the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. He also initiated Beethoven/5, commissioning five piano concertos as companion works for each of Beethoven’s from composers Timo Andres, Sally Beamish, Salvatore Sciarrino, Caroline Shaw and Brett Dean. The whole 19/20 season is entirely focused on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas with more than 50 recitals worldwide.

 

Biss is no stranger to the world’s great stages. He has performed with major orchestras across the US and Europe, including New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Concertgebouw. He has appeared at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, has made several appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, and is in demand as a chamber musician.

 

He was the first American to be named a BBC New Generation Artist, and has been recognised with many other awards including the Leonard Bernstein Award presented at the 2005 Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Wolf Trap’s Shouse Debut Artist Award, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and the 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award.

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Festival Performances Year 2020

Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2 (1796)
Christian Poltéra (cello), Jonathan Biss (piano)

Joe Duddell: Catch I , II and III (2009)
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet), Colin Currie (percussion)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 (1814)
Jonathan Biss (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (1820)
Jonathan Biss (piano)

Toru Takemitsu: Paths (in memoriam Witold Lutosławski) (1994)
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Beethoven: Große Fuge Op. 134 for piano four hands (1825)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

J. S. Bach transc. György Kurtág: 3 Chorale Preludes
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), Jonathan Biss (piano)

Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata (1939)
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

INTERVAL

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 (1826)
Quatuor Ébène

J. S. Bach arr. for mandolin by Avi Avital: Chaconne from Partita No 2. BWV 1004 (1717 - 1720)
Avi Avital (mandolin)

Beethoven: Bagatelle in E-flat major, Op. 126, Nos. 1, 5 & 6 (1823-1824)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Rolf Wallin: Realismos Magicos (2014)
Colin Currie (percussion)

Vivaldi arr. Avital: Concerto for lute in D major, RV. 93 (1730 - 1731)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), N.N. (violin), Henninge Landaas (viola), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Karol Ciesluk (double bass), Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)

Lene Grenager: Extract from Mixed Handedness for solo cello (2017)
Lene Grenager (cello)

Beethoven: Folksongs
Christiane Karg (soprano), Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Jonathan Biss (piano)

Beethoven: Lieder
Christiane Karg (soprano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

INTERVAL

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto (1811 - 1812) arr. Hummel (c.1830)
Ingrid Søfteland Neset (flute), Alina Ibragimova (violin), Christian Poltéra (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Marius Neset: New Work
Ingrid Søfteland Neset (flute), Marius Neset (saxophone), Christian Poltéra (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70 No. 2 (1808)
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Christian Poltéra (cello), Jonathan Biss (piano)