Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

The New York Philharmonic

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Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Apr, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Apr, 2017

Friday, 11:00 AM


Apr, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Apr, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic and Jonathan Biss perform Beethoven’s dramatic Second Piano Concerto and Timo Andres’s new piano concerto, part of a project creating new concertos inspired by each of Beethoven’s five. The Blind Banister is “a captivating work … that goes from haunting and hopeful to an eventual explosion of energy” (St. Paul Pioneer Press). Plus Elgar’s evocative In the South (Alassio).



Selections from Romeo and Juliet


Timo Andres

Piano Concerto No. 3, The Blind Banister



Piano Concerto No. 2



In the South (Alassio)


Courtney Lewis


Courtney Lewis


Courtney Lewis


The 2016–17 season marks Courtney Lewis’s second as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previous appointments have included Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (2014–16); associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011–12 season; and Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he debuted in 2011. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Lewis was the music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire at the highest level of musical and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.

In the 2016–17 season he makes his debuts with the Dallas Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and returns to the Colorado Symphony. Highlights of his 2015–16 season included debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and Colorado Symphony, as well as assisting Thomas Adès at the Salzburg Festival for the World Premiere of Mr. Adès’s opera The Exterminating Angel.

Courtney Lewis made his major American orchestral debut in November 2008 with the St. Louis Symphony, and has since appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, and the Atlanta, National, Detroit, Vancouver, and Houston symphony orchestras.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Courtney Lewis studied music at the University of Cambridge, during which time he studied composition with Robin Holloway and clarinet with Dame Thea King. After completing a master’s degree with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.

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Jonathan Biss


Jonathan Biss


Jonathan Biss


This season pianist Jonathan Biss continues his latest Beethoven project, Beethoven/5, for which the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has co-commissioned five composers to write new piano concertos, each inspired by one of Beethoven’s. The five-year plan began last season, with Mr. Biss premiering Timo Andres’s Piano Concerto No. 3, The Blind Banister, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

In 2016–17 Mr. Biss begins examining, both in performance and academically, the concept of a composer’s “late style,” and has put together programs of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, Elgar, Gesualdo, György Kurtág, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann’s later works, both for solo piano and in collaboration with the Brentano Quartet and Mark Padmore. He also gives master classes at Carnegie Hall in connection with the idea of late style, and published a Kindle Single on the topic in March 2017.

Mr. Biss performs a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven through the Romantics to Janáček and Schoenberg, as well as works by Kurtág and commissions from David Ludwig, Leon Kirchner, Lewis Spratlan, and Bernard Rands. In 2017 he releases the sixth volume of his nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas.

Jonathan Biss studied at Indiana University and at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he joined the piano faculty in 2010. He led the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by a classical music conservatory, Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, which has reached more than 150,000 people in 185 countries, and he will continue to add lectures until he covers all the sonatas. His bestselling eBook Beethoven’s Shadow, published by RosettaBooks in 2011, was the first Kindle Single written by a classical musician.

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