Welcome to the 2014/2015 season of Music at the Phillips. During the last season we welcomed 40 artists for their US or Washington, DC, debuts and gave the premieres of 14 new works by both established and promising young composers. Throughout the coming season we will introduce over 50 artists to Washington audiences and anticipate 4,000 people to attend our concerts—an extraordinary success story for a venue of our size and a striking endorsement of the music we present. Our commitment to upholding the Phillips’s traditions is at the heart of everything we do, as is our determination to construct a season that guarantees great performances and innovative, imaginative programs. I look forward to sharing many concert experiences with you this season.
Winner of the 2014 International Queen Elisabeth Competition, Korean-born soprano Sumi Hwang makes her US debut at the Phillips performing vocal works by Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Berg. She is joined by pianist Jonas Vitaud.
A regular performer at the BBC proms, Leon McCawley has recently performed a series of recitals with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. A pianist praised for his clarity, sonority, and depth of musical thought, McCawley performs works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and two works from Liszt's Années de pèlerinage.
Hans Abrahamsen (b. 1952, Copenhagen) is one of the most idiomatic composers to emerge in Denmark in recent years. He has selected the JACK Quartet, champions of his music, to present a complete cycle of his string quartets.
Eighteen-year-old South Korean pianist Jun Hwi Cho is winner of the Seventh New York International Piano Competition, where he performed works by Beethoven, Schubert, Scriabin, and Messiaen before sealing victory in the final round with a stunning performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18.
Praised for her recent CD, Oscillations, which juxtaposes works by Beethoven and Stravinsky, two composers rarely mentioned in the same breath, Israeli pianist Einav Yarden has established herself as an idiomatic performer with fresh perspectives on the piano literature.
Making their Washington, DC, debut, the Los Angeles-based Calidore Quartet has performed alongside renowned artists like Joshua Bell and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. A young and artistically well-rounded ensemble, they perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, and American composer Caroline Shaw.
Prize-winner of the 2013 Washington International Competition, American soprano Abigail Mitchell performs vocal works by Debussy, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Richard Strauss. She is joined by pianist Casey Robards.
American composer/pianist Timo Andres draws as much praise for the sparkling ingenuity of his compositions as he does his musicality at the keyboard. He performs works by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert, and his own solo piano work At the River
Decorated in 2014 with the Kossuth Prize, the highest cultural award in his native Hungary, violinist Kristóf Baráti has garnered international acclaim for his skilled and intelligent readings of Bach’s entire solo violin oeuvre. He performs solo sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe and Béla Bartók, and the Partita No. 2 in D minor by Bach.
A distinguished interpreter of the music of Bach, Chopin, Rameau, and Ravel, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud is well-known for his adventurous programming. An active recording artist and recitalist, he presents works by Couperin, Mozart, Schubert,and Beethoven.
A supreme musical partnership that has forged celebrated solo careers, violinist Isabelle Faust and returning pianist Alexander Melnikov share a unique musical kinship that shines through in their playing. In their first appearance as a duo at The Phillips Collection, Faust and Melnikov perform works by Franck, Dvořák, Enescu, and Tchaikovsky.
Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks (b. 1946 Aizpute) has been recognized as a unique voice in new music today. He has chosen the RIX Piano Quartet and violist Ilze Klava to present a program of his chamber music.
An unparalleled force in new music today, JACK Quartet is a robust ensemble that can turn their hands to any repertoire. They have distinguished themselves as the international gold standard in quartet playing. JACK Quartet performs the first stage of composer Roger Reynolds’s FLIGHT, a major new multimedia project.
Still in his 20s, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Douglas Detrick formed his chamber-jazz quintet the AnyWhen Ensemble to perform his genre-defying music. They make their Washington, DC, debut performing Detrick’s 10 movement work, The Bright and Rushing World.
Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, pianist Wu Qian, and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich met as young students at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK. A love of chamber music united the three, and since 2007 they have embarked on a career that has seen them perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall in London.
The fiercely individual Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova astonished the classical music world with her radical interpretations of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, recorded when she was just 23. She presents stunning accounts of Bach in her Washington, DC, debut
In collaboration with the PostClassical Ensemble’s Iberian Mystics: The Confluence of Faiths Festival, March 10–12, 2015, the Phillips presents Spanish pianist Pedro Carboné and author Antonio Muñoz Molina in a thought-provoking program, Spain, Flamenco, and the Piano.
Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner's captivating lyricism has been heard in recitals across the world and he is a regular chamber performer with the likes of the Takács Quartet, Janine Jansen, and Martha Argerich. He presents works by Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.
The exceptional Spanish virtuoso clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester makes his Washington, DC, debut with returning Sunday Concerts performer pianist Michael Brown. They present works by Debussy, Brahms, Poulenc, and Bernstein.
French cellist Marc Coppey distinguished himself at age 18 by winning the much-respected Leipzig International Bach Competition. For his Washington, DC, debut Coppey is joined by pianist Ran Dank in a program of works by Beethoven, Debussy, Bartók, and Franck.
Named after the illustrious Orford String Quartet who toured the world for 40 years, the New Orford String Quartet carries the same artistic excellence and integrity into today’s concert circuit. They perform quartets by Haydn and Beethoven, as well as a new String Quartet by Canadian composer Tim Brady.
An imaginative and electrifying performer, Chinese pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Washington, DC, debut at the Phillips performing Bach’s Partita No. 5 in G Major, the characterful Carnival Scenes from Vienna by Schumann, and La Valse by Ravel.
A period instrument quartet known for their exploration of rare and forgotten scores, the Cambini-Paris Quartet presents the music of Hyacinthe Jadin, Félicien David, two 19th-century French composers who remain virtually unknown outside of France.
German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is a versatile musician whose penetrating insights into new music led him to give the German premiere of Nico Muhly’s Cello Concerto in February 2014. He is joined by Argentinian pianist José Gallardo.
Well known for his intelligent programming and ability to find uniting strands between contrasting repertoire, pianist Alexander Schimpf makes his Washington, DC, debut with works by Brahms, Scriabin, and Beethoven.