Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Upcoming Concerts by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

PSO Conductor Manfred Honeck  Credit: Felix Broede

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Manfred Honeck are giving audiences the unique opportunity to “choose their Mozart” during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics “Mozart: The Last Three Symphonies” concerts on April 21-23 at Heinz Hall.

These concerts mark the start of a two-week festival celebrating the musically rich history of Vienna. Early 19th-century Vienna was the greenhouse in which Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert all creatively blossomed, composing some of their most delightful and best-loved orchestral works. Over three concerts, Honeck combines the music of these masters into three distinct concerts, each of which features one of Mozart’s last three symphonies. Those symphonies, No. 39, 40 and 41, "Jupiter," were written in a creative burst during summer 1788 and reveal the stunning culmination of Mozart's symphonic genius.  Across the weekend, fellow Austrian Till Fellner joins the orchestra to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3.

A pre-concert talk with Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong will occur on stage before each concert. Also before each concert this weekend, the Steinway Young Artists will perform in the Grand Lobby of Heinz Hall. Both pre-concert presentations begin one hour before the concert start time and are free and open to ticketholders.

Program notes for the weekend are available online at and on the PSO mobile app the day of the concert.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $94, are available through the Heinz Hall Box Office by phone at 412-392-4900 or online at

Pianist Till Fellner Credit: Fran Kaufman

Pianist TILL FELLNER plays with scrupulous musicianship, purity of style and sparkling keyboard command – qualities that have earned him acclaim throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. His readings of the works of Bach and Beethoven in particular have placed him among the elect in this repertoire, and the inspired ingenuity of his performances of such 20th century masters as György Kurtág and Elliott Carter have earned him many accolades.

This season, Fellner returns to the Montreal Symphony for performances of Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with Ken Nagano – a work they have previously recorded together on the ECM label; and to the Pittsburgh Symphony for performances of Beethoven Concerto No. 3 with frequent partner, Manfred Honeck. He collaborates again this season with Maestro Magano in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and returns to Berlin to play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Ivan Fischer and the Konzerthausorchester.

Last (2015-2016) season, Fellner made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic (Mozart with Bernard Haitink) and appeared with the NHK and Chicago Symphonies, the Osaka Philharmonic, Le Concert Olympique and with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner, and at the Paris Philharmonie with Herbert Blomstedt. He continued his partnership with tenor Mark Padmore, performing lieder recitals in Germany and in Vienna, Tokyo and Seoul; and with the Belcea Quartet for performances of the Brahms Piano Quintet in Budapest, London, Bilbao, Florence and Vienna. He was heard in solo recitals in Lyon, Boston, Amsterdam, at the Wigmore Hall in London, Monte Carlo and at the Gilmore Festival in Michigan, among other places.

In North America, Fellner has appeared recently with the San Francisco Symphony and Semyon Bychkov performing Mozart, the Pittsburgh Symphony with Manfred Honeck for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, the Boston Symphony with Bernard Haitink, and the Chicago Symphony with Honeck. Fellner has appeared regularly with the Montreal Symphony and Kent Nagano and has played recitals at Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and at the Washington Performing Arts Society.

In recent seasons, Fellner completed his critically acclaimed complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle, which he performed over three seasons in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Gaveau in Paris and Toppan Hall in Tokyo. In addition to performing Schubert’s Winterreise on tour with Mark Padmore, he appeared at the Orford Festival International de Musique with Kent Nagano and the Montréal Symphony; with the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and with the Munich Philharmonic. He was artist-in-residence with the Bamberg Symphony where he played numerous programs, including concerts with Herbert Blomstedt and Honeck. He has appeared in recital throughout Europe and America, and in Russia, Japan and Malaysia.

In 1993, Fellner came to world attention by winning First Prize at the important Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at Vevey, Switzerland. Since that time, Fellner has appeared as guest soloist with many of the world's foremost orchestras, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin and Franz Welser-Möst, among many others. He has also performed as partner to cellist Heinrich Schiff and violinist Viviane Hagner, as well as with Padmore, Lisa Batiashvili and Adrian Brendel.

Fellner has an impressive discography to his credit on the EMI, Claves, Erato, Philips and ECM labels, the most recent release being a CD of Harrison Birtwistle’s Chamber Music with Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel, et al. His 2010 ECM recording of the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, with Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, was singled out for its clarity and impeccable beauty. Fellner appears on an ECM album of new works by Thomas Larcher, and his recording of Bach’s Two- and Three-Part Inventions and French Suite No. V, has received widespread critical praise, in keeping with his acclaimed ECM recording of the first book of Bach’s monumental Well-Tempered Clavier.

Fellner has also recorded Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 19, 22 and 25; Beethoven’s Concertos Nos. 2 and 3; a selection of Beethoven piano sonatas; Beethoven’s works for cello and piano (with Heinrich Schiff), Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D.784 plus 6 Moments musicaux, 4 Impromptus and 12 waltzes; Schumann’s “Kreisleriana,” Op. 16 and Schönberg’s Suite for Piano, Op. 25.

Fellner was a student of Helene Sedo-Stadler and has studied privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg and Claus-Christian Schuster.

Additional Concerts

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder Credit: Philipp Horak

DATE:                               Friday, April 28, 2017
TIME:                                8 p.m.

LOCATION:                    Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

DESCRIPTION:             The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s celebration of Vienna continues with a special performance from acclaimed Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, in honor of his 70th birthday, of three piano concerti — Haydn’s Piano Concerto, Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5.

TICKET COST:              $20-$94

INFO/TICKETS:           412-392-4900 or

Maestro Manfred Honeck Conduction Credit: Felix Broede

DATE:                               Sunday, April 30, 2017
TIME:                                2:30 p.m.

LOCATION:                    Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

DESCRIPTION:             The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s celebration of Vienna concludes with Music Director Manfred Honeck leading his favorite symphony, Bruckner’s majestic Symphony No. 8.

TICKET COST:              $20-$94

INFO/TICKETS:           412-392-4900 or

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