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October 2, 2011: The Complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas

Sunday, October 2, 2011 · 3:00 p.m.
McConnell Auditorium,  Daniel Arts Center

(Suggested admission: $10)

Pre-concert conversation at 1:45 p.m

PIETER WISPELWEY, Cellist

From http://www.pieterwispelwey.com (please see the artist's website for more information)

Pieter Wispelwey CelloPieter Wispelwey is among the first of a generation of performers who are equally at ease on the modern or the period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and a phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him.

Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, Wispelwey’s sophisticated musical personality is rooted in the training he received: from early years with Dicky Boeke and Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam to Paul Katz in the USA and William Pleeth in Great Britain. In 1992 he became the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize, which is awarded to the most promising young musician in the Netherlands.

Pieter Wispelwey has been the artistic director of the Beauvais Cello Festival in France since 2009, drawing together some of the finest cellists on the circuit for a week of cello recitals, concertos and chamber music, featuring an exciting range of new music for the instrument.

Wispelwey’s career spans five continents and he has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Tokyo Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony, Sydney Symphony, London Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Danish National Radio Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg, collaborating with conductors including Ivan Fischer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jeffrey Tate, Kent Nagano, Sir Neville Marriner, Philippe Herreweghe, Vassily Sinaisky, Vladimir Jurowski, Paavo Berglund, Louis Langrée, Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Libor Pesek and Sir Roger Norrington.

With regular recital appearances in London (Wigmore Hall), Paris (Châtelet, Louvre), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw), Brussels (Bozar), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Milan (Societta del Quartetto), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), Sydney (The Utzon Room), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Hall) and New York (Lincoln Center), Wispelwey has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic recitalists on the circuit. 

Pieter Wispelwey’s discography, available on Onyx and Channel Classics, displays an impressive line up of over twenty recordings, six of which attracted major international awards. His most recent releases include Walton’s Cello Concerto (Sydney Symphony/Jeffrey Tate), Prokofiev’s Symphonie Concertante (Rotterdam Philharmonic/Vassily Sinaisky), the Britten Cello Symphony – all recorded live - and a unique set of works by Schubert for cello and piano (Fantasy D934, Grand Duo D574, Arpeggione Sonata), recorded on period instruments.

Pieter Wispelwey plays on a 1760 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello and a 1710 Rombouts baroque cello. 

LOIS SHAPIRO, Pianist

Lois ShapiroWarmly acknowledged for her imaginative and insightful performances Lois Shapiro has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. A winner of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Award, and a finalist in the Affiliate Artists Competition, she has recorded on Bridge, Afka, MLR, MSR, Centaur, Channel Classics, Pierrot, and the MLAR labels. Her CD with cellist Rhonda Rider was chosen by the Boston Globe as “One of the Best Recordings of 1996.” “Shapiro produces and inspires musical magic” and “conjures enchantment." (The Boston Globe).

The broad spectrum of her interests and affinities is reflected in a repertoire of considerable scope, with many premieres to her credit. An accomplished forte pianist as well, Ms. Shapiro has given numerous performances of the l8th and l9th century repertory on period instruments. These appearances include an all-Schumann concert of solo piano and chamber music with instruments of the E. M. Frederick collection, the Boston premiere of Schumann's Introduction and Allegro for piano and orchestra, Opus 134 -- a performance which was enthusiastically reviewed in The London Times--and recent period instrument performances of the complete cycles of Beethoven cello sonatas, variations, and piano trios. In the course of the last several seasons, Ms. Shapiro has been a guest artist at Columbia University, the Frick Collection, the Phillips Collection, Corcoran Gallery and National Gallery (American Music Festival) in Washington, D.C., the Rialto Center in Atlanta, Museum of Fine Arts and Jordan Hall in Boston; the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series and the Chicago Art Institute; the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, and the Museum Vleeshuis in Antwerp, Belgium. She has appeared in live broadcasts on WQXR, WGBH,WFMT,Baltimore Public Television and Belgian Radio and Television.

Since 1995, she and her piano trio Triple Helix--including Bayla Keyes, violin, and Rhonda Rider, cello--have given numerous highly acclaimed concerts and lecture recitals and have premiered many works written for them. Cited by the Boston Globe as one of the top chamber ensembles of Boston, and chosen as Musicians of the Year in 2000, they have been Artists- in- Residence at Wellesley College-- an innovative program consisting of engaging interdisciplinary lecture -recitals, chamber music master classes and concerts--since 1999.

Formerly an instructor of piano at Smith College, Brandeis University, New England Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music, Ms. Shapiro is currently on the faculty of Wellesley College. She has given numerous masterclasses and lectures on subjects such as the nature of musicianship, as well as late Beethoven piano sonatas and Robert Schumann's music in relation to the early 19th century intellectual and aesthetic milieu. As an expression of her abiding interest in bringing the musical experience to underserved populations, she was recently awarded an Alumni Ventures grant from Yale University to create and offer innovative interdisciplinary music programs in the Boston public schools.

Always seeking to inspire music-lovers of all ages, Ms. Shapiro has recently created an intergenerational orchestra called FIGCO and, in collaboration with the Longy School of Music Dalcroze Department, she co-produced a series of engaging and highly popular family programs in which she performed as narrator and pianist.

She received her musical training at the Peabody Institute (BM), Yale University (MM), the New England Conservatory (AD), Her teachers include Leon Fleisher, Katja Andy, and Gyorgy Sebok.

The Jewish Advocate noted that ...Lois Shapiro's amazingly opinionated and fresh traversal of Mozart's “Piano Concerto No. 24” has to be the highlight of the current concert season." Richard Dyer, of the Boston Globe, described Ms. Shapiro's unique artistic qualities in the following way: " She is a wonderful artist and a dangerous person to work with... What makes her dangerous is her imagination and her insight; these lead her directly into what is most interesting about the music. And her technical resources are such that she is able to do exactly what her imagination and insight intend... Shapiro has the great gift of making everything she does sound inevitable even when it is surprising."