Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Longy School of Music
27 Garden Street in Cambridge
Date: Friday, October 29th
Event: A concert by pianist Hung-Kuan Chen and Violinist Denes Zsigmondy
This will be their first joint
appearance since playing an all-Mozart program at Longy in March of 1999.
Beethoven Sonata in G-Major Op. 96
Schumann Sonata in a-minor
Brahms Sonata in d-minor
General admission tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased at the door or reserved by telephone or by e-mail at 781-235-7806 or 413-256-3524 (email@example.com). Reserved tickets must be picked-up at the Longy School lobby by 7:45 p.m. on the night of the concert. Parking is free at the Everett Street Garage, located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Everett Street. Mention the Longy concert to the parking attendant (validation of parking ticket is not necessary). The Longy School is near the Sheraton Commander Hotel, a few blocks from the Harvard Square MBTA station .
HUNG KUAN CHEN
Hung-Kuan Chen was born in Taiwan. He did his musical studies in Germany
and the United States earning an Artists Diploma from the New England
Conservatory of Music with Russell Sherman. His previous teachers included
Bela Nagy and Anthony di Bonaventura.
Chen has won many international honors including gold medals in the
prestigious Busoni International Competition in Italy and the Arthur
Rubinstein Competition in Israel and top prize at the Geza-Anda
International Competition. He also received the Avery Fisher Career Grant in
Hung-Kuan Chen recorded the 24 Chopin Preludes to rave reviews. Chen's gifts
as an extraordinary interpreter of Beethoven received high acclaim during a
series of recitals in 1989 devoted to the performance of the thirty-two
Beethoven sonatas, and all-Chopin recitals in 1990.
He has made orchestral appearances throughout Europe, Asia and the United
States, including performances with the Boston Pops with Arthur Fiedler,
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Midsummer Mozart Festival in San
Francisco, and many others. Chen made his Lincoln Center debut at Alice
Tully Hall in March 1990.
An unfortunate hand injury kept him from performing publicly since 1992. In
March 1998 he returned to play his first full solo recital in six years to
critical acclaim. In September 1999 Chen teamed up with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and
violinist Lynn Chang in celebration of the Alexander Tcherepnin Centennial
at Boston Symphony Hall.
After living in the Boston area for many years and being a faculty member at
Boston University he now resides in Calgary.
Denes Zsigmondy was drawn instinctively to the violin at the age of four.
He attended the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he studied with Geza
de Kresz. Further inspiration was received through studies with Carl
Flesch, Vas Prihoda and Zino Francescatti.
Mr. Zsigmondy was Professor of Music at the University of Washington,
Seattle. He has appeared as violin soloist with such orchestras as the
Berlin Symphony, the Budapest Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the
Salzburg Camerata, the Boston Philharmonic and many others.
The Zsigmondy duo, which consisted of Mr. Zsigmondy and his late wife,
pianist Anneliese Nissen, thrilled audiences in many countries with their
spontaneous and insightful recitals.
Denes Zsigmondy gives Master Classes throughout the world. He has made a
large number of recordings. Furthermore, he has played the first
performances of violin concertos by Bialas, Genzmer, Eder, Buchtger and
other composers. His life as a musician was greatly enhanced by personal
contact with Bartok, Kodaly, Sessions, Dallapiccola and Ligeti.
Mr. Zsigmondy is a member of the European Mozart Academy. He resides in
Germany and is presently teaching at the Mainz Music College. A video
portrait of his artistry is in its final stages of completion.