Alexei Lubimov + Calidore String Quartet
Performing Haydn, Zagny, Karmanov
"Lubimov owns every exquisitely calibrated nuance." - BBC Music
“Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one" - The Washington Post on Calidore String Quartet
Esteemed pianist and BAC’s inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellow Alexei Lubimov premieres works he commissioned from accomplished Russian composers Pavel Karmanov and Sergei Zagny. Lubimov, one of today’s most versatile keyboard artists, plays organ in Zagny’s nod to baroque music. In Karmanov’s ethereal I Made My Home, he plays prepared piano and is joined by bass player Lizzie Burns and the award-winning Calidore String Quartet, who opens the concert with one of the groundbreaking Haydn opus 20 quartets.
J. Haydn: String Quartet op. 20 no. 2 (1772)
S. Zagny: Keyboard Music of XVII-XVIII Centuries for organ, composed or possibly heard by Sergei Zagny (2017) (World Premiere)
P. Karmanov: I Made My Home for narrator, piano, string quartet, bass, and tape (2017) (U.S. Premiere)
The premieres by Sergei Zagny and Pavel Karmanov were commissioned through BAC’s inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellowship
Leadership support for music programming provided by the Thompson Family Foundation
Born in Moscow in 1944, Alexei Lubimov was one of the last pupils of Henryk Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory. He founded both the avant-garde Alternativa Festival in Moscow, which features works by contemporary composers, and the Moscow Baroque Quartet.
Lubimov has performed with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Helsinki, Israel, Los Angeles, and Munich. He has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Neeme Järvi, David Oistrakh, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Roger Norrington, Frans Brüggen, David Robertson, Andrey Boreyko, Ivan Fischer, Kent Nagano, and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In recent seasons he has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Austrian Tonkünstler Orchester, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Stuttgart, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Lubimov has recorded for many labels, such as Melodya, Erato, BIS, and Sony, which have released his interpretations of the complete sonatas of Mozart, as well as works by Schubert, Chopin, and Beethoven, and 20th century composers, including Arvo Pärt.
Calidore String Quartet
The Calidore String Quartet has enjoyed an impressive number of accolades, including a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.
The Calidore made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. The quartet was also the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and was named BBC Radio 3 new Generation Artists, an honor that brings with it recordings, international radio broadcasts and appearances in Britain's most prominent venues and festivals. 2018-19 is the Calidore’s third year in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). Within two years of their founding in 2010, the Calidore String Quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions and captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition.The Calidore String Quartet regularly performs in prestigious venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Brussels BOZAR, Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall and at many significant festivals, including the BBC Proms, Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Rheingau, East Neuk and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Composer Pavel Karmanov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1995. He has participated in major Russian festivals of contemporary music, including Alternativa Festival.
Karmanov’s work has been commissioned and performed by renowned artists including Yuri Bashmet, Alexei Lubimov, Alexei Goribol, Polina Osetinskaya, Vladislav Pesin, Nazar Kozhukhar, Tatiana Grindenko, Mark Pekarsky, Yuri Kasparov, and others. Karmanov performs flute and piano as a member of the Moscow rock band Vezhlivyi Otkaz, directed by Roman Suslov. He has written a number of scores for documentaries and films by Alexei Khanutin, Timur Bekmambetov, Andrei Proshkin, Nurbek Egen, Alexander Kott, and Anna Fenchenko.
Sergei Zagny studied composition with Albert Leman and music theory with Vsevolod Zaderatsky at the P.I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow. His honors include the John Cage First Russian Prize in Moscow (1992).
Zagny’s work has been performed in Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S. As a performer, Zagny improvises on non-traditional instruments, organ, and piano. He conducted the Small Garden Orchestra of the School of Individual Directing in Moscow (1992–96) and worked at the Theremin Centre for Electroacoustic Music of the P.I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (1993–95). Zagny has written for publications in Russia and U.S., including the journal Perspectives of New Music. He has been a teacher of analysis, harmony, and polyphony at the P.I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory since 1992. He has written music for films and stage productions.
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