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18 Feb 2018, 12pm
The Poetry in Life ~ Schumann, Adès, Brahms is an exploration of Schumann’s literary life that spilled wholeheartedly into his musical creative output in songs, solo piano music and chamber music; a look into the works of Schumann’s prolific parallel, the contemporary British composer Thomas Adès, who was also born to a poet and for whom the intertwining of literature and music comes so naturally; and which closes with the musical poetry found in the mature and late years of Brahms, a younger German Romantic discovered at age 20 and hailed by Schumann himself as the ‘chosen one’.
Schumann makes generous use of literature and poetry in his musical creative process. His inclination for merging literature and music is found not only in his songs but also in the extra-musical features of his solo pianoforte works.
For more curious minds who want to explore material beyond our 2 formal Evening Concerts, join us in our intimate 60-minute Sharing Recital which will look into specific examples from Schumann’s instrumental output (solo piano and chamber music works), in which the written word in the form of poetry, has had influence.
Equally intrigued and attracted to literature and poetry is contemporary British composer Thomas Adès, who has also found his own unique ways of merging literature and music. And in this Sharing Recital, we will also dedicate time to exploring his instrumental output (solo piano and chamber music works), in which there is no longer a boundary but a complete fusion of literature and music.
6pm 18 May 2018
For young ones who are just starting out, we have two specially designed interactive Concerts for Children the morning of 19 May. Send them off to a 50-minute session of fun and learning with these international artists and a great facilitator ! For more information and tickets, visit www.tangteekhoongrandseries.com
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Approximately 1 hour
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- Infants in arms or children below the age of 5 shall not be admitted.
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Daniel Chong, violinist
Grammy Award-winning violinist Daniel Chong since 2002, as the founding first violinist of the Parker Quartet, has garnered wide recognition for his performances in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, and Wigmore Hall. Major artists he has collaborated with include David Soyer, Kim Kashkashian, Shai Wosner, Roger Tapping, and members of the Cleveland and Tokyo Quartets.
Tang Tee Khoon, violinist
Described as a ‘national treasure’ by the Straits Times, Tang Tee Khoon was the second-ever violinist to be awarded the loan of a J.B. Guadagnini violin c. 1750 by the National Arts Council in Singapore. Performing internationally as recitalist and chamber musician, collaborations include with Midori, Wu Han, Hsin-Yun Huang, Ian Swenson, and members of the Emerson and Takács Quartets.
Jessica Thompson, violist
A passionate chamber musician who performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad as a member of the Daedalus Quartet, the Grand Prize winner of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, violist Jessica Thompson has performed at festivals including Aspen, Taos, Marlboro, Portland Chamber Music Festival, and the Newport Music Festival. Ms. Thompson currently teaches at Princeton University and Columbia University.
Giovanni Gnocchi, cellist
Winner of the ‘Haydn’ Competition in Vienna and a recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, Giovanni Gnocchi’s solo engagements include performances under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Christopher Hogwood, Carlo Rizzi; at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus and Mozart-Woche Salzburg. Gnocchi’s chamber music partners include Leonidas Kavakos, and members of the Hagen Quartet. He currently serves as Professor at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
Florent Héau, clarinetist
One of the most important figures of the French clarinet school, Florent Héau has appeared as soloist with the European Camerata, the Orchestre de Picardie, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. His chamber music partners include Marielle Nordmann, Marcela Roggeri, Régis Pasquier, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and the Ysaÿe quartet.
Luca Buratto, pianist
Praised by The Guardian U.K. as “graceful, analytical, meticulous” and “a name to watch”, 2015 Honens Prize Laureate Luca Buratto has appeared in performances at Milan’s La Scala with Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, with Toronto Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic. Highlights of the 2018 season include his Konzerthaus Berlin recital debut and his debut as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano
Hailed as "fulminant" by Berliner Morgenpost and "clearly a singer to watch" by New York Times, MacNeil's recent performances include the role of Subdominant Chord in Steven Stucky's The Classical Style with Aspen Music Festival, Alto soloist in Mahler's Second Symphony at Carnegie Hall, a solo recital at Curt Sachs Saal in the Berlin Philharmonic, and recitals at the Ravinia and Marlboro Festivals.
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‘Violinist Tang Tee Khoon and friends transcend the ordinary’
‘performances like these leave listeners craving for more’
‘rarely does one find a performance that radiated such warmth and true feeling’
- Straits Times [Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series]
‘Buratto plays with such a conviction that you immediately know he is certain he has revealed Robert Schumann’s true voice. It’s a deep connection that he sustains effortlessly through the entire recording. Hear him live if you can.’
- Wholenote-Toronto [Luca Buratto’s 2017 disc ‘Schumann - Davidsbündlertänze, Humoreske, Blumenstück’ by Hyperion]
‘Erwin Schulhoff’s Five Pieces for String Quartet opened the program, giving the Parker Quartet the chance to show off their technical virtuosity, flawless ensemble, and propulsive rhythmic energy. Whatever expressive depth this young quartet has not yet mined (and it’s not much, considering the intensity of their Grammy-winning Ligeti recordings for Naxos), they make up for in sheer exuberance and bounce.'
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer [Parker Quartet, Daniel Chong]
‘A wonderfully talented cellist, who will make a valuable contribution to music wherever he goes.’
- Yo-Yo Ma [Giovanni Gnocchi]
‘Florent Héau is an extraordinary clarinettist, as comfortable with Debussy as with Brahms. He possesses a spellbinding sense of the lines and an acute sense of colors in the most diaphanous pianissimos.’
- Le Monde de la Musique [Florent Héau]
‘Fresh is one thing: just what you hope for in a young performer. Less expected — astonishing, in fact — were the richness, maturity and genuine distinction in the mezzo-soprano sound of Jazimina MacNeil as Prince Orlofsky, clearly a singer to watch.’
- The New York Times [Jazimina MacNeil]
‘Having won the grand prize for all-round best musician at the 1993 National Music Competition at age nine, Tang has gone on to become a chamber musician of the highest order. Her latest concert … also showed she has matured beyond raw prodigious talent to something truly transcendent.
Despite her petite built, she exuded a big and brawny tone on the violin, one capable of cutting through plangent piano textures and capaciously filling the hall. In Prokofiev's Second Violin Sonata, she alternated between its bittersweet reminiscences and mercurial dervishes so expertly and confidently without as much as breaking into a sweat.’
- Straits Times Mar 2014 [Tang Tee Khoon]
‘The Daedalus Quartet is about clear, refined musicality, drawing an audience into a performance through understatement. Pretty soon, the hall is stock-still as the quartet goes about exposing the delicate inner workings of the music. ... In its best moments _ and there were a lot of them - the performance of works by Schubert, the tortured Romantic, and Gyorgy Ligeti, that harrowed soul of contemporary composition, was pretty extraordinary. It felt like a tour through hidden worlds. ... Finely cultured, authoritative yet relaxed, the group is a string quartet to keep an eye on.’
- San Jose Mercury-News [Daedalus Quartet, Jessica Thompson]
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