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Bronfman and Beethoven

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

Off-Sale

Duration

2 hours & 15 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

5

Dec, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

6

Dec, 2019

Friday, 11:00 AM

7

Dec, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Yefim Bronfman brings his brilliance and power to Beethoven’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 4. From the same composer, Maestro van Zweden conducts the jubilant, high-spirited Second Symphony that foreshadows the power and drive we associate with Beethoven. Steve Reich’s propulsive new work pays homage to the Baroque concerto grosso.

Program

Beethoven

Symphony No. 2

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Steve Reich

Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Baltic Sea Philharmonic)

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Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 4

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2021–22 season, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic perform at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the accelerated renovation of David Geffen Hall — scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2022 — and in three concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. In addition to symphonic cornerstones, he conducts the Orchestra in the World Premieres of works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gregory Spears, Joel Thompson, and Joan Tower; a US Premiere by Nico Muhly; and New York Premieres of works by Hannah Kendall and Nina Shekhar.

Highlights from recent Philharmonic seasons include the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, including Tania León’s Stride, which was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music; the new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Barber, Beethoven, Bruckner, Philip Glass, Mozart, Steve Reich, Ellen Reid, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Nina C. Young, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors, and recital series. His commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

In the wake of worldwide cancellations beginning in spring 2020, his 2020–21 season began in January with Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and London’s Philharmonia and includes appearances in Spain, Germany, Paris, Zurich, and London. In North America he can be heard in recital in San Francisco, La Jolla, and Aliso Viejo, and with orchestras in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Montreal. He collaborated with the New York Philharmonic for a video performance on NYPhil+, the new streaming service, and reunites with the Orchestra at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in July 2021.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States he studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize — one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists — in 2010 Mr. Bronfman was further honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University; in 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.

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Special Thanks

Performances in the Thursday C Subscription Series are supported by Edna Mae and Leroy Fadem, loyal subscribers since 1977.

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Yefim Bronfman’s appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2019–20 season.

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