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Pianists Sir András Schiff and Yuja Wang present solo recitals at Davies Symphony Hall

March 19, 2018

   


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MARCH 19, 2018

   
(High resolution images of Sir András Schiff and Yuja Wang are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library. Photo credit L to R: Dieter Mayr, Norbert Kniat.)

PIANISTS SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF AND YUJA WANG PRESENT SOLO RECITALS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

On April 15 & 17 Sir András Schiff gives two unique recital programs that include works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart, and J.S. Bach

On May 6 Yuja Wang performs works by Prokofiev, Scriabin, Chopin, and Ligeti

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Davies Symphony Hall welcomes two of the most celebrated pianists of our time in April and May in three thrilling recital programs. Hungarian pianist Sir András Schiff concludes his North American tour with two solo recitals on April 15 & 17. The programming of Schiff’s tour is centered around specific works by Brahms and the way they relate to works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. His April 15 recital, presented as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Great Performers Series, includes BrahmsEight Klavierstücke and Seven Fantasien; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in F-sharp minor; Mendelssohn’s Fantasy in F-sharp minor; and J.S. Bach’s English Suite No. 6 in D minor—considered one of the composer’s most adventuresome and innovative explorations of the suite genre. Schiff’s second solo appearance on April 17 features BrahmsThree Intermezzos, Six Klavierstücke, and Four Klavierstücke, as well as Schumann’s Variations on an Original Theme, Ghost Variations; Mozart’s Rondo in A minor; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Les Adieux; and J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 869. "An undisputed master of the German repertoire" (The New Yorker), Sir András Schiff has distinguished himself as an outstanding musician, conductor, and recording artist over the course of an exceptional international career, spanning over 40 years. He is known for his complete cycles of the major keyboard works of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, as well as for his creative programming. 

On May 6, the San Francisco Symphony’s 2017–18 Great Performers Series concludes with a solo recital by pianist Yuja Wang, performing Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 10, Chopin’s Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major—the third of Prokofiev’s Three War Sonatas. Also on the program are Ligeti’s vitruosic Études No. 1, Désordre and No. 3, Touches bloquées from Études, Book I, and Étude No. 9, Vertiges from Études, Book II. Yuja Wang has returned to Davies Symphony Hall every season since her debut at the San Francisco Symphony’s 2006 Chinese New Year concert. Her singular blend of technical prowess, keen musical insight, and emotional depth has established her as one of the world’s finest performers. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2009, Wang has released three solo albums and two concerto recordings to date, garnering two Grammy nominations. Intriguing the public both with her artistry and with her sense of style, Wang has been the subject of television documentaries and graced the pages of magazines ranging from arts and culture to fashion. Yuja Wang is a Rolex ambassador and a Steinway Artist.

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