Esteemed lover of piano music,
We present you the Master Pianists series 2019-2020: a magnificent new season. It gives me great pleasure to look forward, together with you, to this 33rd edition. The starting shot will be fired by the stunning Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg, the winner of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Concours. He will make his debut with a grandiose programme. Among other pieces he will play the complete Transcendental Etudes of Liszt—a daring undertaking last realized twenty years ago.
We feel extremely fortunate that in December we may celebrate the 75th birthday of no one less than Nelson Freire. For this occasion this aristocratic pianist with the “golden” sound has put together a jewel of a programme.
In the year 2020 worldwide attention will be given to the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth (he was born December 1770). Of course, this also affects the Master Pianists series, in particular in the autumn of 2020. But we will keep you a little in suspense about our exact plans. However, also during the coming season some of our pianists will render homage to Beethoven, as, for instance, Evgeny Kissin, and the second person who makes his debut in this season: the Russian pianist Igor Levit. This passionate and extraordinary musician will also present us with a first. The spring of 2020 will be marked in Amsterdam by the third Mahler festival. The Meesterpianisten series, in the person of Levit, will give the starting signal with a unique piano performance of Mahler’s last complete work: The Adagio of the never completed Tenth Symphony.
Fortunately, Murray Perahia returns: as always this will be an artistic event of the highest order. And the favorite of the public and super-virtuoso Daniil Trifonov, will also be on the programme, as will be the lion of the keyboard Alexei Volodin, who excelled, during the 30th anniversary concert in March 2017, as soloist and as a duo with the Behzod Abduraimov from Uzbekistan. All three will present a new, marvelous solo programme. Another favorite of the public, with a significant track record in the Master Pianists series, the German master pianist Severin von Eckardstein also returns, and this is likewise the case with the flag-bearer of the Russian piano school, Nikolai Lugansky. Of course, with a splendid Russian repertoire.
Naturally, as in each season, maestro Grigory Sokolov will be our guest, as well as the brilliant musical poet Arcadi Volodos. This time he will bring a special ode to Robert Schumann. And, finally, the Chinese star pianist Yuja Wang will be responsible for the extra concert. We expect nothing less than a spectacular concert for which all holders of season tickets can enroll with priority, at a reduced price.
I believe we have arranged a fantastic line-up of pianists and have prepared an impressively varied and adventurous programme.
I want to take the opportunity to thank you for your loyalty. You are a passionate, inspiring listener. Without you the artists would not be able to achieve their grand accomplishments. Your loyalty and devotion bring us, as the organizers, and the pianists, as the performers of the music, great joy and gratitude.
With musical greetings,
Marco F. Riaskoff