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New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall 

May 06

This concert at Carnegie Hall includes Brahms’s quintessentially Romantic concerto that awes with its grand scale, passionate emotion, and muscular piano writing; Igor Levit, “one of the essential artists of his generation” (The New York Times), is the soloist. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, which thrills with its virtuosity, vast palette of orchestral colors, and folk-dance rhythms.

New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall
 
DATE / TIME

Fri

8:00 PM

6

May

2022

This concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s subscription season; all ticketing for this event is through Carnegie Hall. Single tickets will be available on August 30.
Location

Carnegie Hall

Duration

2 Hours 15 Minutes with Intermission

Program

Brahms

Piano Concerto No. 1

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Bartók

Concerto for Orchestra

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Artists

  • 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.

    Learn more about Jaap van Zweden
  • Igor Levit

    Piano

    Pianist Igor Levit has been named Musical America’s Recording Artist of the Year (2020), Gramophone Classical Music Awards Artist of the Year (2020), and the 2018 Gilmore Artist. In November 2020 he was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.  
     
    After the release of his highly acclaimed recording of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, in the fall of 2019, Mr. Levit performed them in full cycles at the Berlin Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, and London’s Wigmore Hall. As a recitalist, Mr. Levit regularly performs at the world’s most renowned concert halls and festivals and is a regular soloist with distinguished orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Vienna Philharmonic. He is an exclusive recording artist of Sony Classical, his next recording for the label is a double album featuring Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87, and Ronald Stevenson’s Passacaglia on DSCH.  
     
    Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1987, Igor Levit completed piano studies at Hannover Academy of Music, Theatre, and Media in 2009, receiving the highest scores in the history of the institute; he has held a professorship there since 2019. His political commitment has been recognized with the Fifth International Beethoven Prize (2019) and the International Auschwitz Committee’s Statue B — the “Gift of Remembrance” (2020. In October 2020 he was recognized with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In Berlin, where he makes his home, he plays a Steinway D Grand Piano kindly given to him by the Trustees of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells. 
     


    Learn more about Igor Levit

Special Thanks

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Igor Levit’s appearance during the New York Philharmonic’s 2021–22 season.

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