RISD Museum, Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center Providence, RI
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Community MusicWorks Presents: Jonathan Biss
CMW presents Jonathan Biss, described as "one of the most striking North American pianists of the new generation." Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see this great artist in Rhode Island as he performs Beethoven, Janacek and Chopin.
Proceeds to benefit Community MusicWorks' free music education programming for Providence youth.
Founded in 1997, Community MusicWorks is a nationally recognized community-based organization that uses music education and performance as a vehicle to build lasting and meaningful relationships between children, families, and professional musicians in urban neighborhoods of Providence, RI. CMW has been featured in The New Yorker as a "revolutionary organization in which the distinction between performing and teaching disappears."
Full concert program: Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 no. 2 Beethoven Sonata Op. 53 "Waldstein" Janacek Selections from "On an Overgrown Path" Chopin 3 Mazurkas op. 59 2 Nocturnes op. 62 Polonaise--Fantasie, Op. 61
About Jonathan Biss:
American pianist Jonathan Biss is widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations, winning international recognition for his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances and for his award-winning recordings. He performs a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven, through the Romantics to Janácek and Schoenberg as well as works by contemporary composers such as György Kurtág and including commissions from Leon Kirchner, Lewis Spratlan and Bernard Rands.
Jonathan Biss, whom The New Yorker describes as playing with "unerring sophistication", made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2001, and since then has appeared with the foremost orchestras of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is a frequent performer at leading international music festivals and gives recitals in major music capitals both at home and abroad.
Jonathan Biss, who was born in 1980, represents the third generation in a family of professional musicians that includes his grandmother Raya Garbousova, one of the first well-known female cellists (for whom Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto), and his parents, violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. Growing up surrounded by music, Mr. Biss began his piano studies at age six, and his first musical collaborations were with his mother and father. He studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Leon Fleisher.
Mr. Biss has been recognized with numerous 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. He was an artist-in-residence on American Public Media's Performance Today and was the first American chosen to participate in the BBC's New Generation Artist program.
RISD Museum, Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center (View)
20 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903