The Mozart Violin Sonatas - Benefit Concerts
A series of 3 recitals with violinist violinist ANDREW SMITH and pianist JOSHUA PIERCE presenting Mozart's Sonatas for Violin & Piano.
- Concert dates are:
FEBRUARY 10th 6:30PM - Allegro Pianos, Stamford (1068 Long Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT)
MARCH 25th 3:00PM - House Concert, Westport (address disclosed upon purchase - only available with purchase of the whole series)
MAY 5th 3:00PM - Blake Recital Hall, Westport (246 Post Rd East, Westport, CT)
Andrew is Director of the Suzuki Schools. Hailed by critics for his "virtuoso playing" The Evening Telegraph, UK, British violinist Andrew Smith has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Europe, America and China. At the age of 23 he was appointed concertmaster of the Orquestra da Norte, Portugal and in the same year he made his London Debut at the Royal Festival Hall's Purcell Room. He has since appeared at the British Embassy in Paris, The Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Edinburgh International Festival, Chicago's Symphony Hall, Detroit's Orchestra Hall, Le Salle Gaveau, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. As a guest artist he closed the 2004 Dame Myra Hess concerts series and has performed for the American String Teachers Association, the Music Teacher National Association, the American Liszt Society, The SouthEast Composers Conference, the Jiangsu Performing Arts Association, China and at concert halls and universities throughout the US.
Critics have hailed his recent release of Beethoven's complete violin sonatas as possessing "a style that shows the way some of the finest artists perform Beethoven in the 21st Century" and the interpretation was declared to "rival any number of famous performers in this repertoire." His performances have been broadcast live on television and radio in England, America, Portugal, Italy, Spain and China. He appears on the ASV, Sony Classical, Silva Classics, PNova and VUCA labels and is in demand as one of the foremost session players of today - recording for film and television.
Award winning pianist, Joshua Pierce has been heard in many of the world’s prestigious music centers, including Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, the 92nd St. Y, Steinway Hall, The Dimenna Center, Carnegie and Weill Recital Halls, Merkin Concert Hall, Roulette, The Kitchen, The Knitting Factory and Orchestra Hall in Chicago; and at the Bergen International Music Festival, ISCM, The Festival of Russian Composers Union Music Series, The International Alternativa Festival (Moscow), Royal Festival Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, Victoria Hall, Smetana Hall, The Reduta, Teatro La Fenice, La Palacia de Belles Artes, Teatro Degollado and Seoul Opera House.
He has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, and in Europe, Asia and South America. Mr. Pierce has also distinguished himself as one of the most prolific recording artist of recent times, having recorded more than 230 works, including numerous premieres as a soloist and with orchestra, for BBC Recordings, EMI, Virgin Classics, Pro Arte, Carlton Classics, Helicon, Koch International, MSR Classics, Sony Classical, Mode, Vox, Wergo (Germany), Solyd (Russia) and others. His recordings of the complete piano concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin and Liszt for MSR Classics figure prominently among his recorded output. With his two piano partner Dorothy Jonas of the world recognized duo Pierce & Jonas, they have performed worldwide and premiered and recorded concertos by such highly regarded American and European composers as: Miklos Rozsa, Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Arthur Benjamin, Alexander Tansman, Francisco Malipiero, Walter Piston, Paul Creston, Roy Harris, Robert Starer and Morton Gould. A major proponent of contemporary music, Pierce maintained a 30year association with John Cage, giving many premiere performances and released numerous landmark recordings of his work. Pierce studied with Vincent Persichetti at Dartmouth College’s Congregation of the Arts Summer Festival on a scholarship, and later at Juilliard, where he collaborated on two major works with the composer: his Two-Piano Sonata, Op.13, and the Piano Sonata, Op.101. Pierce has several Grammy nominations to his credit, as well as a Diapason Award, Fono Forum Award, The German Music Critic's Prize and citations of excellence from such publications as: Downbeat, CD Review, Sequenza 21, Billboard, Cash Box, Jazz Mania and Keyboard Magazine, among others. A winner of the 2004 Grand Prize of the IBLA International Competition for Contemporary Music, a 2012 Foundation Award from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc. and a nominee for the 23rd International Franz Liszt Grand Prix du Disque of Hungary for Contemporary Music. He is an adjudicator of piano competitions, the American Chamber Orchestra Violin Competition, the New York International Center For Contemporary Opera and has served multiple years on the International Fulbright Commission. www.piercepiano.com