december, 2017

6dec12:15 pm- 1:00 pmBenedict Kloeckner, Cello & Andrew Armstrong, Piano12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural CenterPrograms:Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Benedict Kloeckner, Cello
Andrew Armstrong, Piano

7 Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen, WoO 46 (11’)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99 (26’)
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio affettuoso
III. Allegro passionate
IV. Allegro molto
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Benedict Kloeckner is a Prize winner of the European Broadcasting Union Award (Bratislava), the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann (Berlin), the Animato International Soloist Competition (Zürich), the Nicolas Firmenich Prize (Verbier Festival, Switzerland) and First prize at Manhattan International Music Competition New York. He is also a recipient of the European Culture Prize awarded by the European Culture Foundation. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras including the NDR Radio Symphony, German Radio, German State and Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Kremerata Baltica, the Slovakian Radio Orchestra and others. He has worked with conductors including Michael Sanderling, Daniel Raiskin, Ingo Metzmacher, Howard Griffiths, Heinrich Schiff, Simon Gaudenz and Karl Heinz Steffens. Benedict performs chamber music with partners such as Anne Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer, Christoph Eschenbach, Anna Fedorova, Antoine Tamestit, the Carducci String Quartet and Trio Bell’Arte. Benedict has recorded extensively: a CD of Italian concertos by Roberto Molinelli and Gian Carlos with the Kremerata Baltica, conducted by Heinrich Schiff; the Schumann concerto with the German String Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Sanderling (Genuin); rare works by Spanish composers (Hänssler Classic); pieces for cello by Rihm, Strauss and Poulenc (Movimentos Edition), which was nominated for the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik and two discs of cello sonatas with Anna Fedorova. Benedict Kloeckner plays an Italian cello by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona 1680), kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences across Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. Andrew’s orchestral engagements across the globe have seen him perform a sprawling repertoire of more than 50 concertos with orchestra. He has performed with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Itzhak Perlman, Günther Herbig, Stefan Sanderling, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and has appeared in solo recitals in chamber music concerts with the Elias, Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets, and also as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi, Boston Chamber Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Society,  and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Andrew’s debut solo CD featuring Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was released to great critical acclaim: “I have heard few pianists play [Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata], recorded or in concert, with such dazzling clarity and confidence” (American Record Guide). He followed that success with a disc on Cordelia Records of works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and the world premiere recording of Bielawa’s Wait for piano & drone. He has released several award-winning recordings with his longtime recital partner James Ehnes, including 3 volumes of the music of Béla Bartók, Prokofiev’s Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 and Five Melodies, Tartini’s Devil’s Trill and Leclair’s Tambourin Sonata, a recital disc of works by Franck and Strauss, as well as an upcoming release featuring pieces by Debussy, Elgar, and Respighi (Onyx Classics).


(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60605

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