Schubert in Lansdale
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, music director and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, recently performed as pianist at the Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts. On Feb. 12, Schubert's music resounded in the North Penn region.
The Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts is a facility designed to showcase, educate, and entertain the North Penn region. An extraordinary showcase of Viennese sound took place last week when Ignat Solzhenitsyn, played Franz Schubert’s Sonata in D Major, D. 850.
Ignat Solzhenitsyn made his reputation during his 11 years as conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and six seasons as its music director. Solzhenitsyn will leave the chamber orchestra at the end of the season, assuming the title of music director emeritus, to pursue a more international career while living in New York City.
Recognized as one of today's most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Ignat Solzhenitsyn's lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world.
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, music director and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ignat Solzhenitsyn serves on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. He has been featured on many radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC’s Nightline.
Solzhenitsyn appeared at Lansdale, without the orchestra, in his guise as concert pianist. With the "help" of a Bösendorfer 225, provided by Cunningham Piano Company of Philadelphia, Ignat Solzhenitsyn wonderfully recreated Schubert's music and the Viennese sound. Schubert's works always reveal an effervescent inventiveness coupled with an inexhaustible richness of melody and harmony.
Many music lovers consider the Sonata in D Major, D. 850, to be Schubert's happiest piano sonata.
(Photo credits: Ignat Solzhenitsyn)