Murray Perahia and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Great Music 2014 (II)

2014-11-01 20:00 - 2014-11-02 22:00

Murray Perahia and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Great Music 2014 (II)

When: 1-2 Nov 2014 Sat-Sun 20:00
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Murray Perahia and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Poster

柏拉雅与圣马田乐团-音乐盛会2014 (II)

Piano / Principal Guest Conductor: Murray Perahia
In more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

Born in New York, Perahia started playing piano at the age of four, and later attended Mannes College where he majored in conducting and composition. His summers were spent at the Marlboro Festival, where he collaborated with such musicians as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. He also studied at the time with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In subsequent years, he developed a close friendship with Vladimir Horowitz, whose perspective and personality were an abiding inspiration. In 1972 Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition, and in 1973 he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he worked closely with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, accompanying the latter in many lieder recitals. Perahia was co-artistic director of the Festival from 1981 to 1989.

In the 2013/14 season, apart from touring Europe, Perahia appeared in recital in Japan and for the first time in Australia where he performed at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Center in November. In February 2014, he played Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Bernard Haitink in Boston and in New York's Carnegie Hall before embarking on a recital tour across America.

Perahia has a wide and varied discography. Sony Classical has issued a special boxed set edition of all his recordings including several DVDs entitled The First 40 Years. His recording of Brahms' Handel Variations, which won the Gramophone Award in 2011, was described as "one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available". Some of his previous solo recordings feature a 5-CD boxed set of his Chopin recordings, Bach's Partitas Nos. 1, 5, and 6 and Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, Opp. 14, 26, and 28. He is the recipient of two Grammy awards for his recordings of Chopin's complete Etudes and Bach's English Suites Nos. 1, 3, and 6, and several Gramophone Awards including the first ever granted Piano Award in 2012.

Recently, Perahia embarked on an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition. He also produced and edited numerous hours of recordings of recently discovered masterclasses by the legendary pianist, Alfred Cortot, which resulted in the highly acclaimed Sony CD release, Alfred Cortot: The Master Classes.

Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and he holds honorary doctorates from Oxford University, Leeds University and Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.


The Academy of St Martin in the Fields
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, and working without a conductor, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church on 13 November 1959. Originally directed by Sir Neville from the leader's chair, the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble remains an Academy hallmark. This tradition continues today with virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell as its Music Director.

The Academy performs some 100 concerts around the world each year, with as many as 15 tours in a season. The Academy and Academy Chamber Ensemble tour throughout this season, visiting venues across the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the United States. This includes tours of Europe and Asia with Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia, and European and American tours with Joshua Bell.

The orchestra's repertoire for this season includes symphonies by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Haydn and Mozart and concertos by Schumann and Brahms. The Academy is joined by a selection soloists and leaders including Jeremy Denk, Martin Fröst and Julia Fischer.

In tandem with its concerts and tours, the Academy continues to present a variety of pre-show talks, events and open rehearsals. Outward Sound, the Academy's community and learning programme, brings innovative, music-making opportunities to participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities who otherwise may not have access to music.

With over 500 recordings to date, the Academy is one of the most recorded chamber orchestras in the world. The orchestra received their first gold disc for their recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons in 1969 with the 2007 recording with Joshua Bell reaching No.1 on the Billboard Classical Chart. Their soundtrack for the film Amadeus won 13 gold discs alone, while in 1996 The English Patient picked up an Academy Award© for Best Music, with a soundtrack performed by the Academy. In March 2013 the orchestra and Joshua Bell released their first recording on Sony Classical under his leadership, Beethoven's Symphonies No. 4 and 7.



1 Nov 2014 Sat
Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 7 in D Minor
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K467
J. S. Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G Minor, BWV 1058
Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G, "Surprise"


2 Nov 2014 Sun
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat, "Dumbarton Oaks"
Haydn: Symphony No. 77 in B-flat
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73, "Emperor"


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