Beethoven at 250: The Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5
2019–2020 Cliburn Concerts
Date: January 4, 2020 7:30 pm CST
Venue: Bass Performance Hall
To kick off 2020—which will be a yearlong, international celebration of the iconic composer’s 250th birthday—this very special Cliburn at the Bass will present each of Beethoven’s five piano concertos, in order. One day, two concerts, five spectacular pianists, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, in the midst of his final season as the orchestra’s music director. It’s the definition of a do-not-miss event.
“A bracing, fearless account…Mr. Li’s playing combined youthful abandon with utter command.”— The New York Times
As a child prodigy, American pianist George Li made his recital debut in Boston’s Steinway Hall and, in 2011, performed for President Obama in an evening honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He has since emerged as a formidable pianist, rapidly establishing a major international career across three continents after his sensational 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition silver medal win. Also recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and 2010 Young Concert Artists first prize, the pianist makes his North Texas debut in this concert.
“His playing was all Apollonian grace… remarkable in its clarity, musicality, and feline virtuosity”— The Boston Globe
Hailed for “natural ease, eloquence and impeccable artistry” (The Times), Austrian pianist Till Fellner has performed in the world’s leading concert halls and with the most revered conductors. He is particularly well-regarded for his sophisticated readings of Bach and Beethoven alongside music of the modern Viennese school. Among other major projects, the protégé of Alfred Brendel has recorded the Beethoven Fourth and Fifth—which he performs for us—Concertos with Kent Nagano and presented the cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in New York, Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Vienna.