Henrik Måwe

Piano

December 9, 2018, 4 pm

Music Room

Pianist Henrik Måwe has established himself as one of the foremost Swedish pianists, giving solo recitals in Europe and the US as well as working regularly as a chamber music pianist, including collaborations with clarinetist Martin Fröst. Reflecting on the intimacy of the Phillips’s Music Room and the current Nordic Impressions Exhibition, Måwe will perform “Miniatures, Chopin, and Nordic Impressions,” a program of diverse solo piano works that plays with unusual pairings. The program begins with the intriguing juxtaposition of Rameau with Philip Glass, before turning to Chopin’s diverse pianisitc idiom. Celebrating the wealth of chamber music from the Nordic countries, Måwe will also perform solo piano works by three Swedish composers of different periods and styles, contrasted with the lesser-known piano works of the iconic Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. 

Program:

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764)
L'Enharmonique
Les tendres plaintes


PHILIP GLASS (b. 1937)
Metamorphosis Two

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-49)
Étude in A-flat Major Op. 25, No. 1
Nocturne in F Major Op. 15, No. 1
Waltz in C-sharp minor Op. 64, No. 2 
Mazurka in F minor Op. 68, No. 4
Prelude in D-flat Major Op. 28, No 15
Polonaise in A-flat Major Op. 54

INTERMISSION

WILHELM STENHAMMAR (1871-1927)
Fantasy in B minor Op. 11, No. 1

JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
Valse Triste Op. 44, No. 3
Impromptu Op. 5, No. 5
Impromptu Op. 5, No. 6
Romance in D-flat Major Op. 24, No. 9

ANDERS HILLBORG (b.1954)
Corrente della Primavera

ALBERT SCHNELZER (b. 1972)
With Dark Forebodings Too (US premiere)
Dance with the Devil

Swedish pianist, Henrik Måwe, is a shining star on the Scandinavian piano scene, performing regularly as a soloist and recording artist. After his debut with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, he has performed extensively in Scandinavian concert halls as a concerto soloist and recitalist. He regularly collaborates with the elite of Swedish musicians including clarinetist Martin Fröst and contralto Anna Larsson.

Highlights in the 2018/2019 season will be a US tour with concerts at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and the Lincoln Center in New York, and several solo performances with Swedish orchestras. In the spring of 2017, Måwe presented Anders Hillborg’s piano concerto in Västerås and played in Berwaldhallen together with violinist Christian Svarfvar, and made the first performance of Chopin—a play, a touring chamber play based on Chopin’s final year, with Måwe performing as an actor as well as pianist. In 2016 he made his debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s first piano concert.

Måwe received his main education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Kungl Music School in Stockholm where his most important mentor was Staffan Scheja. During his studies, he worked with some of the best pianists and educators in the world, including Dominique Merlet, Dmitri Bashkirov, John O’Conor, and Olli Mustonen, and participated in a number of international piano competitions and was awarded in most top positions.

In 2014, Måwe released the duo album Sonic Philosophy: Color and Affect along with violinist Hugo Ticciati, which received brilliant reviews in both BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone. Måwe has recorded for the BIS, Rubicon, Orchid, and X5 labels.