MAESTRO LEONARD SLATKIN
Maestro Leonard Slatkin has made regular appearances over the last two decades with virtually every major international orchestra and opera company. He has been praised by critics and audiences around the world for his imaginative programming and interpretations of a vast range of repertoire. Maestro Slatkin was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France, beginning with the 2011-2012 season. He became Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, both in 2008-2009. During his 12-year tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra, which ended in the 2007-2008 season, he undertook highly lauded European, Asian, and U.S. tours; numerous national broadcasts; and intriguing themed festivals–among them “Soundtracks” and “Journey to America.” Immediately prior, he served as Music Director for the St. Louis Symphony for 16 years. Maestro Slatkin’s many distinguished awards include a number of Grammy® Awards and the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for a performing artist.
FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra‘s world-class musicians and internationally recognized Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya have become known for outstanding performances of symphonic and pops music with a wide range of talented artists. The orchestra is one of the most successful in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of 250,000 adults and children from all walks of life. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has joined every Cliburn Competition finalist onstage to share in these moving and definitive moments, and in 2013, they performed under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin for the first time.
The FWSO is admired nationally for the strength and uniqueness of its collaborations with other organizations, including the Fort Worth Opera, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale, and the Children’s Education Program of Bass Performance Hall. Its annual summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden, has grown to be one of the largest and most successful summer outdoor festivals of its kind in Texas, attracting an annual audience of nearly 45,000. For more information, please visit www.fwso.org.
BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
Mark Steinberg, violin
Serena Canin, violin
Misha Amory, viola
Nina Lee, cello
Since its inception in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has been committed to showcasing both the extraordinary talent of its competitors in recital performance as well as their ability to successfully and beautifully collaborate with other musicians. During the Semifinal Round, each pianist performs a quintet with an outstanding chamber ensemble—a tradition established by Mr. Van Cliburn, who provides a special award for Best Performance of Chamber Music. The Fourteenth Competition marked the first Cliburn appearance by the world renowned Brentano String Quartet in this pivotal role.
With a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses the entire two-century catalogue of traditional quartet music, theBrentano String Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Since its inception in 1992, the quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Its numerous awards include the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 1996, the ensemble was invited by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be an inaugural member of Chamber Music Society Two, a program that has become a coveted distinction for chamber groups. The Quartet had its first European tour in 1997, and was honored in the United Kingdom with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. That debut recital, at London’s Wigmore Hall, precipitated a warm relationship between the ensemble and the venue. Since then it has appeared there regularly and served as the hall’s quartet-in-residence during the 2000-2001 season. The Brentano String Quartet has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the Sydney Opera House. It has collaborated with celebrated artists like Jessye Norman and Richard Goode, and has made several recordings for the Aeon label.