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Bösendorfer – 185th Anniversary Concert

From Classic to Modern and the launch of Opus 50,000

with Paul Badura-Skoda, Valentina Lisitsa, Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Maria Mazo, Carlo Grante, Janoska Ensemble, Marialy Pacheco, Daniel Serafin.

Tuesday, 22. October 2013, 19.30 to c. 21.30

Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde WienMusikvereinsplatz 1A-1010 Vienna Brahms-SaalFree tickets following registration and a successful draw.Register up to 25.09.2013 HERE. The draw will take place on 27.09.2013 and if you are successful you will be notified by 01.10.2013.

Paul Badura-Skoda

Paul Badura-Skoda

Paul Badura-Skoda is the holder of the Boesendorfer ring. At 85 and still active on four continents, he is one of the last representatives of a generation for which music is the quintessence of European culture. Music reflects in each of the great composers the life and living style of his epoch, its striving for wisdom, sense, harmony, beauty, fulfilment in love as well as its search for the divine....What sets him apart from many other performing artists is his capacity to play not only the notes but also what happens between the notes, thus welding them into a poetic language, making them "speak."... Like his teacher Edwin Fischer, he creates a special, personal sound with many different tone colours.

Valentina Lisitsa                                                              © David Peters

Valentina Lisitsa © David Peters

With her multi-faceted playing described as “dazzling”, Valentina Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein. Her orchestral repertoire alone includes more than forty concerti. She admits to having a special affinity for the music of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven and continues to add to her vast repertoire each season. Valentina Lisitsa was born in Kiev, Ukraine and began playing the piano at the age of three, performing her first solo recital a year later. She gained a place at the Lysenko Music School for Gifted Children and later studied at the Kiev Conservatory under Ludmilla Tsvierko. In 1991 she won the first prize in The Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition together with Alexei Kuznetsoff. With more than 30 million YouTube channel views, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most watched classical musicians on the Web, using digital innovation to champion classical music and performance. She has performed in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Musikverein

Daniel Serafin, Bariton                                              ©Martin Siebenbrunner

Daniel Serafin, Bariton ©Martin Siebenbrunner

As Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro Daniel Serafin made his debut at WPB Opera 2011, followed by Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, within the „Marcello Giordani Foundation Program“. His debut as Dr.Falke in Strauss‘s Die Fledermaus, was screened Live on HD Broadcasting from the Seefestspiele Mörbisch, the largest Open-Air Operetta Festival in the world. During the season 2012/2013, he will revive several of these parts and will perform his contemporary song recital program: „Forbidden and Banned” - Persecuted Music with works by Zemlinsky, Schoenberg and Mahler, in a US & Europe Concert Tour. Daniel Serafin was born in Vienna and studied in Salzburg, Paris and graduated as Bachelor of Music. He finalized his studies with a Postgraduate degree as Master of Arts and Cultural Management and was a member of the Vienna Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School, New York. Among his vocal coaches are Peter Seiffert, Wicus Slabbert, Bill Schuman and Michael Rhodes. Daniel Serafin has been praised as an artist of outstanding promise in opera, recital and orchestral concerts. The baritone’s operatic repertoire spans from the classics to modern works, in his portrayals as Marcello / La Boheme, Sid / Albert Herring, Silvio / Pagliacci, Dr. Falke / Die Fledermaus, Papageno / Die Zauberflöte, the composer / Viva la Mamma, Black Cat/Clock / L’enfant et les sortilèges, as well as Conte Almaviva / Le Nozze di Figaro. He also performed in Musicals: Freddy / My Fair Lady and Magaldi / Evita. The recitalist has sung a wide ranging repertoire from Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Fauré to contemporary song repertoire by Zemlinsky, Schönberg, Zeisl, Mahler, Korngold, Weill and Copland. He performed all over the world: from Istanbul, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Luxembourg, Shanghai, Bangkok, London, Vienna, New York, Los Angeles and Washington. Daniel Serafin has worked with noteworthy artists including Academy Award Winners Maximilian Schell and Roman Polanski, Ferruccio Soleri, Volker Schlöndorff, Helmuth Lohner, Brigitte Fassbaender, Helmut Deutsch as well as the legendary Otto Schenk.

Maria Mazo                             ©  Nancy Horowitz

Maria Mazo © Nancy Horowitz

Winnerof the 2013 14th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna, Maria Mazo made her orchestra debut at age nine with Mozart's Concerto K.414. Born in Moscow,she began playing the piano at age five and was pupil of professors of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory while still at high school. She then has studied with ArieVardi and Matti Raekallio at the University of Music, Drama and Media inHanover, Germany. Maria Mazo has performed recently in Austria, Germany, Italy,Russia and Spain. She collaborates regularly with violinist Sergei Krylov.

Janoska Ensemble

Janoska Ensemble

The Janoska Ensemble was founded by the brothers Ondrej, Frantisek, Roman, Arpad Janoska and the family member Julius Darvas, who have already played as soloists and as ensemble members in other formations on the stages of this world.Very successfully in different musical genres - from classical music to tangoin unique arrangements in Janoska style. All members of the ensemble are prize-winnersof numerous competitions and are classified as exceptional musicians of theyounger generation. They regularly play music with international artists suchas Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Angelika Kirchschlager, Felicity Lott, HelmutLotti, Erwin Schrott, Elisabeth Kulman, Sunnyi Melles und Tony und Roby Lakatos,etc. Members of the ensemble: Ondrej Janoska – Violin Roman Janoska – Violin Arpad Janoska – Vocal Frantisek Janoska – Piano Julius Darvas - Contrabass.

Marialy Pacheco-Winner of 14th edition of the solo piano competition at the 2012 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Festival.

Marialy Pacheco-Winner of 14th edition of the solo piano competition at the 2012 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Festival.

“Marialy is a rare kind of musician who has a perfect blend of knowledge, touch, tone and freedom in her music. She seamlessly weaves in and out of musical stories and delights the soul with free flowing improvisation that takes the listener by surprise, causing us to trust her with our hearts and ears! She’s HOT!!!.“ (Tommy Emmanuel, Australian guitar legend) Born in Havana 1983, Marialy Pacheco was raised in a musical family and began piano studies from an early age at the Conservatorio Alejandro García Caturla. At 15 she attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes, followed by three years of composition studies under Tulio Peramo at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana.The biggest appreciation so far of Marialy Pacheco’s qualities has been the winning of the Montreux Solo Piano Competition 2012. She is the first woman to win this prize.

Jan Jiracek von Arnim

Jan Jiracek von Arnim

The marvelous Jan Jiracek thrilled the world so greatly when we first heard him and he is continuing his brilliant career both in the United States and abroad." VAN CLIBURNBorn into a family of musicians, pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim was described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the leading pianists of his generation.He won the first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg at age ten, and made his formal debut the following year in his hometown of Hannover (Germany), performing a piano concerto by Mozart. Mr. Jiracek has since performed extensively throughout Europe, including recitals at the Herkulessaal Munich, Philharmonie Berlin, Steinway Hall London, Salle Cortot Paris, Palau de la musica Barcelona, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna, Musikhalle Hamburg and the Gewandhaus Leipzig, as well as orchestral appearances with the Berlin and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia of England.A top prize winner at the Busoni Competition (Italy) and Maria Canals Competition (Spain), Jan Jiracek von Arnim was of the winners of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA). Following his success at the Cliburn Competition, he was invited to join the roster of Community Concerts, resulting in more than 80 performances throughout the United States. Recent engagements included recitals at the Tilles Center at Long Island University, the University of Vermont Lane Series, and Spivey Hall in Atlanta. He also performed with the Washington Chamber Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Riverside Symphony at the Lincoln Center in New York and with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall. Jan Jiracek von Arnim has been featured on several European radio and television stations, including ZDF, SFB Berlin, Deutschlandradio, Radio Hilversum, Radio Stockholm, and Radio France, and on NDR as a soloist with the NDR Symphony Orchestra.A graduate of the UdK Berlin, he studied with Hans Leygraf and has performed in masterclasses with Alfred Brendel and Bruno Leonardo Gelber, among others. Jan Jiracek von Arnim gives master classes on a regular basis in North America, Asia and Europe. He was appointed professor for piano at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien in 2001, making him the youngest tenured professor in the history of that school. Mr. Jiracek von Arnim is frequently invited as a judge at international piano competitions, e.g. the "London International Piano Competition" and the "Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for young musicians".

Bösendorfer Artist Carlo Grante

Bösendorfer Artist Carlo Grante

Carlo Grante is one of Italy's foremost concert artists, and one of today's most active and accomplished pianists in the recording studio. His recorded output encompasses different areas of the piano repertoire and contains both mainstream and lesser-known works. Still in progress is the recording of the complete works of Godowsky and Scarlatti for the Music&Arts label, and recent concerto recordings include Franz Schmidt's piano works for left hand with Fabio Luisi and MDR Leipzig, Mozart's Concertos K. 365, 449, and 488 with Bernhard Sieberer and Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and a live recording of Busoni’s Concerto with Wiener Symphoniker and Fabio Luisi. A dedicatee of a number of compositions by contemporary composers.Grante has recorded works dedicated to him, including Michael Finnissy's Bachsche Nachdichtungen, Paolo Troncon's Preludi e Fughe, George Flynn's "Glimpses of our inner lives," Roman Vlad's Opus Triplex, (a monumental twelve-tone work based on the B.A.C.H. motif) and his newly written Concerto Italiano for piano and orchestra. Grante has performed to great acclaim in many international music centres, including New York, London, Rome, Milan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Hanoi, Zagreb, Bucharest, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Leipzig, etc., as well as at the Festivals of Vienna, Istanbul, Ravello, Husum, the Neuhaus Festival in Russia, etc. His orchestral engagements include such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic of London, Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome, Pomeriggi Musicali of Milano, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Zagreb Radio Orchestra, MDR Leipzig, Cappella Istropolitana, etc. Carlo Grante graduated from the Conservatorio di S. Cecilia, in Rome, under Sergio Perticaroli, studied composition with Claudio Perugini in the same city, earned his Master's Degree with Ivan Davis at the University of Miami, and completed post-graduate studies with Rudolf Firkusny at the Juilliard School as well as in London with Alice Kezeradze-Pogorelich. Carlo Grante is a Bösendorfer artist.Carlo Grante and BÖSENDORFERThe Bösendorfer piano is my “piano-friend”. It is a magical instrument that optimizes both the sound’s inception and its duration, in an ideal balance. The perfect timber differentiation among registers allows for a distinctive personality at each range of the keyboard; the quality of sustained tones and the way they blend together achieve a unique harmonic colour. These main qualities alone put one in mind both Giotto’s eternally defined figures and Raffael’s sublime architectural colour-landscapes. The Bösendorfer is the ideal piano for a pianist striving for perfect multi-dimentional sound landascapes, sonic symbolism and an unsurpassed instrumental quality.