Esteemed piano lover,
The Master Pianists 2020-2021 series: a wonderful new season! With pleasure I look forward to this thirty-fourth edition with you.
You certainly will have noticed that 2020 is the Beethoven year. In the autumn, two pianists will pay homage to this icon of classical piano literature: the Cuban Jorge Luis Prats will play the monumental Hammerklavier sonata as well as Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, in arrangements by Liszt (and to some extent by himself). In December, Simon Trpčeski will play two movements from Beethoven symphonies, among others, and will conclude with a first for the series: Rimsky Korsakov’s Sheherazade, arranged for piano. Franz Liszt, the master of piano adaptation, is also twice in the limelight with tributes by two dear old friendsgbv of the series. Enrico Pace plays Liszt’s Harmonies poétiques et religieuses and the Canadian master pianist Louis Lortie (his last guest appearance was in 1997) pays a special tribute by performing the complete Années de pèlerinage in one evening. Even more Liszt is played as part of Joseph Moog‘s spectacular programme: the famous Sonata in b minor. Another ode follows: to Claude Debussy. None other than Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays the complete 24 Préludes, a masterpiece that only Krystian Zimerman delivered in the early 90s.
We also welcome two debutants. First of all, Alexander Melnikov, who will open the season with an exceptional programme. He will use no fewer than four concert grand pianos from different eras. In the spring the Dutch Thomas Beijer will make his debut.
The annual recital by the Russian piano giant Grigory Sokolov is of course not missing, and the great Denis Matsuev also returns to Amsterdam. The season will be concluded in June by Sir András Schiff and Evgeny Kissin. Finally, the most special concert: the legendary Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires will return for a unique solo recital! For this Extra Concert you can sign up as a subscriber with discount and priority.
I hope you are as excited as I am about all these wonderful concerts. I would like to thank you very much for your involvement and your concentrated attention during the recitals. Like the beautiful acoustics of the Great Hall, your dedication is a very important source of inspiration for all pianists.
With musical greetings,
Marco F. Riaskoff, Managing Director