About the Event
For an extraordinary evening of piano classics, visit the impressive Konzerthaus in Berlin to hear the masterpieces of Franz Schubert, Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky and Leonid Desyatnikov.
'Young musicians are friends to me, not guinea pigs,' says Elisabeth Leonskaja, 'I feel responsibility for their lives no less intensely than for my own.' Two she has taken particularly to heart, with whom she has performed several times and who were her desired guests for this tribute, are Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy. One was born in 1989 in Novosibirsk, Siberia, the other in 1988 in Kazakhstan both have lived in London for some time. Kolesnikov and Tsoy can now point to an extremely successful career as soloists, but there are also musical moments whenever they get together — they founded their duo in 2009 — to play together. In addition to Schubert and Stravinsky, they will present the Berlin audience with a new work by composer Leonid Desyatnikov, born in Kharkiv in 1955: 'Trompe‐l'œil' means 'illusion of the eye' and stands for a painting technique that was especially widespread in the Baroque period and created illusions for the viewer that were more real than reality. What is real, what is fake? Today more than ever a challenging question!
- Franz Schubert – Fantasie für Klavier zu vier Händen f‐Moll op. 103 D 940
- Leonid Desyatnikov – „Trompe‐l’œil“ für Klavier zu vier Händen (Deutsche EA)
- Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky – „Le sacre du printemps“ — Ballettmusik in der Fassung für Klavier zu vier Händen
The Konzerthaus Berlin is a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt, the most beautiful square in the city. Built in 1821, the structure initially served as a theater. Severely damaged in the Second World War, it was rebuilt as a concert hall in 1977, with a neoclassical interior, and changed its name to reflect its new function in 1994. Consistently numbered among the top five concert halls in the world, the Konzerthaus hosts around 500 performances every year, ranging from symphony and chamber concerts featuring international stars to new music and children's concerts.
During his rather short life, Franz Schubert, one of the fathers of romanticism in music, had always been an unappreciated genius who had never received public acclaim. Only his family and friends were delighted by his music, and most of his works were discovered and published only many years after his death. Franz Schubert was born on the 31th of March 1797 in the suburbs of Vienna. His father and eldest brother were amateur musicians and they taught him to play piano and violin. At the age of 11 Schubert was a singer in a choir at the Lichtenthal parish and later auditioned for Antonio Salieri and admitted to the emperor’s choir. During that period young Franz started composing his own works. However, after his voice broke he had to leave the choir and in 1814 he started working as a teacher in the same parish school as his father. He never stopped composing and 4 years later he decided to quit teaching and devote his life completely to music. He fell out with his father because of that and struggled to make ends meet. In 1818 Schubert went to Vienna, where he met Vogl. Together they gave private concerts in small aristocratic circles, mainly playing Lieder, which Schubert wrote around 600. Franz Schubert gave only one big public concert in his whole life in March 1828, which was very warmly received by the audience. However, his health was deteriorating and in November the same year he died of thyroid fever at the age of 31.