Pianist Till Fellner Plays Haydn, Schumann, Liszt and Armstrong
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Quotes & Highlights
“Thoughtful. Honest. Sensitive. [His] approach to performing is like a gift to audiences.” —_The New York Times _
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50
Kit Armstrong: New Work
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Liszt: Années de Pelerinage: Deuxieme Année: Italie, S. 161
Pianist Till Fellner plays with scrupulous musicianship, purity of style, and sparkling keyboard command—qualities that have earned him plaudits throughout Europe, as well as in the United States and Japan. His readings of the works of Bach and Beethoven in particular have already placed him among the elect in this repertoire, and the inspired ingenuity of his performances of such 20th-century masters as György Kurtág and Elliott Carter have earned him many accolades.
This season sees the completion of Fellner’s traversal of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas; the critically acclaimed cycle is being presented in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; in Washington, D.C. as a co-presentation with the National Gallery, the Embassy Series and the Austrian Cultural Forum; as well at the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Wigmore Hall in London; the Salle Gaveau in Paris; and Toppan Hall in Tokyo.
Last summer heard Fellner in performances of the last leg of the Beethoven Cycle and performing Winterreise with Mark Padmore. He joins Kent Nagano and the Montréal Symphony for performances at the Orford Festival International de Musique; their 2010 ECM recording of the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 has been praised for its clarity and impeccable beauty. Recent engagements include performances with the Orchestre National de France with Kurt Masur, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London under Sir Charles Mackerras, and the Munich Philharmonic with Lothar Zagrosek at the podium.
In 1993 Fellner gained the world’s attention by winning First Prize at the important Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at Vevey, Switzerland. During his relatively short period on the international scene, he has appeared as guest soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph von Dohnányi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Leonard Slatkin, among many others. He has also performed as partner to some of the leading younger instrumentalists and singers of our time, including cellist Heinrich Schiff; violinist Viviane Hagner; as part of a trio with violinist Lisa Batiashvili and cellist Adrian Brendel; and in recitals with the noted English tenor Mark Padmore, with whom he tours Schubert’s Winterreise this season.
Fellner has an impressive discography to his credit on the EMI, Claves, Erato, Philips, and ECM labels. He appears on an ECM album of new works by Thomas Larcher, and his recent recording of Bach’s Two- and Three-Part Inventions and French Suite No. V, has received widespread critical praise, in keeping with his acclaimed ECM recording of the first book of Bach’s monumental Well-Tempered Clavier. Fellner has also recorded Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 19, 22, and 25; Beethoven’s Concertos Nos. 2 & 3; a selection of Beethoven piano sonatas; Beethoven’s works for cello and piano (with Heinrich Schiff), Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D.784 plus 6 Moments musicaux, 4 Impromptus and 12 waltzes; Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16 and Schönberg’s Suite for Piano, Op. 25.
Till Fellner was a student of Helene Sedo-Stadler and has studied privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.