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16 Dec. 18

Leif Ove Andsnes

Bozar

Leif Ove Andsnes gave his first concerts in the Centre for Fine Arts more than twenty years ago. Since then he has built up an impressive international career, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. All over the world, the Norwegian pianist is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of his day. His concerts constantly confirm this reputation. For this recital at BOZAR, work by Béla Bartók and Leoš Janaček is flanked with compositions by Schumann. The music of the two Central European composers, between romantic and modernity, puts Schumann’s work in a refreshing new light.

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16 Dec. 18

Leif Ove Andsnes

Bozar

Leif Ove Andsnes gave his first concerts in the Centre for Fine Arts more than twenty years ago. Since then he has built up an impressive international career, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. All over the world, the Norwegian pianist is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of his day. His concerts constantly confirm this reputation. For this recital at BOZAR, work by Béla Bartók and Leoš Janaček is flanked with compositions by Schumann. The music of the two Central European composers, between romantic and modernity, puts Schumann’s work in a refreshing new light.

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19 Dec. 18

Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie 60th anniversary concert

Bozar

The Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie is celebrating its sixtieth birthday! It’s a fabulous milestone for an ensemble that has collaborated with some of the world’s leading artists including José van Dam and Mstsislaw Rostropovitch. Augustin Dumay and Jean-Pierre Wallez, the orchestra’s former musical directors, will join Frank Braley, the current incumbent, and Jean-Paul Dessy, the director of Musiques Nouvelles, as the ensemble’s conductor. The programme includes several works from the great orchestral repertoire, including Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra, Ravel’s Tzigane and the first performance of Jean-Paul Dessy’s Piano Concerto.
 

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27 Jan. 19

The Nutcracker and I Staged family concert by Alexandra Dariescu

Bozar

Enjoy the magical fairytale of the famous Nutcracker in a performance that combines dance and animation with live music. Alexandra Dariescu, a talented young Romanian pianist, will enchant audiences with the magic of Tchaikovsky’s music.

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30 Jan. 19

Phronesis & Frankfurt Radio Big Band The Behemoth

Bozar

Critics were unanimous in their praise for The Behemoth. The refined, cool sound of Phronesis, the jazz trio of the Danish bass player Jasper Høiby, blends in beautifully with the rich, warm sound of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band.
What happens when you ask Phronesis to collaborate with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band? The outcome is The Behemoth, a stunning album, unanimously praised by critics. Allaboutjazz.com gave the album a score of 4.5 out of 5, describing it as “a multi-faceted major recording by the Høiby-led trio, augmented by one of the world's hottest big bands”. The refined, cool sound of Phronesis, the jazz trio of the Danish bass player Jasper Høiby, blends in remarkably well with the rich, warm sound of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band thanks to the intelligent, creative and virtuoso arrangements of Julian Argüelles. Phronesis and the Frankfurt Radio Big Band demonstrate that the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts. In other words, if you love big bands, then you will thoroughly enjoy this concert. Then again, if you’re a fan of Phronesis, you’ll be equally happy.

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31 Jan. 19

Mahler Chamber Orchestra & Mitsuko Uchida Mozart Pianoconcerti

Bozar

Hearing the famous Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida play is always a pleasure. Her sensitive musicality, her rigour and her excellent knowledge of Mozart’s work, culminating in several high-flying and award-winning recordings, have sealed her reputation as a premiere interpreter of the Viennese composer’s piano music. Her presence is so vivid and so familiar – she has been performing in some of the world’s leading concert halls for over 40 years – that she has almost become part of our musical landscape. It’s as if she’s always been there. She will perform two of Mozart’s best-known compositions, while conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from behind the piano. Engaging in refined musical dialogue with Uchida is this magnificent ensemble, which was founded 20 years ago by Claudio Abbado.

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07 Feb. 19

Uri Caine J.S. Bach Goldberg Variationen

Bozar

The pianist Uri Caine is the ultimate jazz-classical crossover artist, feeling equally at ease in both genres. He will perform his own personal version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations during the Bach Heritage Festival.
Musicians rarely cross the musical boundaries of jazz and classical music. Musicians who mix both genres are even rarer. And musicians who are successful at blending the two are almost impossible to find. But Uri Caine is the exception to the rule. The American pianist feels equally comfortable performing with the Concerto Köln baroque ensemble as with the jazz trumpetist Paolo Fresu. Why? Because Caine is so familiar with the vernacular of both jazz and classical music that his interpretation feels completely natural in either genre. The quality of his intelligent jazzy arrangements of classical music is simply unmatched. Previously Caine has already shared his unique take on the work of such greats as Beethoven, Verdi and Mahler. On the occasion the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death in 2000, he agreed to take on the Goldberg Variations. He will perform his own personal arrangement of this seminal work again for the Bach Heritage Festival at BOZAR.

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10 Feb. 19

Bram De Looze plays Bach Bozar Next Generation

Bozar

During the Bach Heritage Festival, pianist Bram De Looze will showcase the extent of his improvisational talent on the straight-strung Barenboim-Maene concert grand. The instrument’s transparent sound is eminently suited to the subtle, refined style of this jazz pianist.
Jazz and especially jazz improvisation has a reputation of testing the boundaries of the familiar, and rightfully so. But good musicians never improvise randomly, choosing instead to rely on their solid knowledge of and respect for the past when improvising. And Bram De Looze is an outstanding musician. He combines improvisation with a healthy curiosity, studying the best keyboard music of the past and present, whether classical music or jazz. For the Piano e Forte project he improvised on replicas of historic pianofortes, from an eighteenth-century Anton Walter to a nineteenth-century Pleyel and Erard. But he feels equally in his element when improvising on the straight-strung Barenboim-Maene concert grand, another instrument with roots in the rich history of piano manufacturing. For his impro set during the Bach Heritage Festival, De Looze delves into the works of the master himself.

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13 Feb. 19

Mischa Maisky Lily & Sascha Maisky, Julian Rachlin, Sara McElravy

Bozar

When you think of Mahler, chamber music doesn’t immediately spring to mind. Yet in his youth the composer wrote a handful of works in the genre. The significance and intensity of his later symphonies can be heard and felt in these early compositions. His unfinished Piano Quartet in A minor is a protracted, deeply tragic cry from the heart, to such an extent that Martin Scorsese thought it would be perfect as part of the soundtrack of his dark thriller Shutter Island.
When it comes to intensity César Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor is not far behind Mahler’s quartet. The work is pervaded by a mysterious, dramatic and melancholy atmosphere.
Franck’s quintet is so subdued while Schumann’s is so exuberant. His famous Piano Quintet, op. 44 is an unparalleled highlight of an expressive romantic.
For this occasion, master cellist Mischa Maisky expands his family trio, with daughter Lily on the piano and son Sascha on the violin, to include Julian Rachlin and Sara McElravy. The new formation is just as perfectly balanced: not only have Rachlin and McElravy frequently played together with the Maiskys, the pair are also perfectly in tune with one another because they are partners on stage and off!

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15 Feb. 19

Belgian National Orchestra Re: Beethoven - Natural Wonders (in response to Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, “Pastoral")

Bozar

The Belgian National Orchestra and the young piano prodigy Kit Armstrong join forces to pay homage to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a key work in the genre’s development, in which the soloist and the orchestra are equally important to the composer. Also on the programme, several works inspired by the environment: the colourful plumage of the French composer Olivier Messiaen’s birds, the large waves which for Ravel were so evocative of the calm and the agitation of the elements in Une barque sur l’océan, and finally Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5, an orchestral celebration of the composer’s boundless admiration for nature.

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26 Feb. 19

Janine Jansen & Alexander Gavrylyuk

Bozar

The violin is without doubt one of the most romantic instruments there is, and there is no programme in which the instrument comes into its own as well as it does in that of Janine Jansen and Alexander Gavrylyuk.
The pair perform the very best of romantic music by Schumann (both Robert and Clara), Brahms and Franck. The three sonatas are more or less the best known and loved works for violin and piano of the 19th century.
If Schumann’s enthusiastic First Sonata is all sturm und drang, than the restrained tenderness of Brahms’ Second Violin Sonata is without a doubt a direct consequence of the blissful holiday atmosphere during which the composer wrote the work. Franck’s sumptuous sonata proved to be a suitable wedding gift for Belgium’s most legendary violinist, Eugène Ysaÿe.

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05 Mar. 19

Focus - Lander Gyselinck Ragini Trio ft. Bojan Z & Sawani Mudgal

Bozar

Lander Gyselinck and his Ragini Trio have made jazz with an Indian twist their trademark. So it is easy to see why Sawani Mudgal, a Hindustani vocal music virtuoso, accepted to join them for this concert. Also on stage is the Franco-Serbian master improviser Bojan Z.
The music critic of Flemish newspaper De Standaard had the following to say in his review of a concert by STUFF, Lander Gyselinck’s band: “Can someone please prevent Gyselinck from ever returning to his home planet? He was outlandishly good.” A conclusion that had already been drawn as early as 2015, when Gyselinck won the MIA award for Best Musician. And that same award was granted to Gyselinck twice more in the years following thereafter! But let’s not forget that Gyselinck is just 30 years old. Which is why he was a logical choice for our Young Belgian Drummers series, which puts homegrown drum talent in the spotlight. For this concert, Gyselinck will be performing with his Ragini Trio, whose trademark is jazz with an Indian twist. So it is easy to see why Sawani Mudgal accepted to join them for this concert. The daughter of the outstanding Indian vocalist Madhup Mudgal is also a Hindustani vocal music virtuoso. Also on stage is the Franco-Serbian master improviser Bojan Z, who is equally comfortable playing Indian raga.

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14 Mar. 19

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Collegium Vocale Gent David Afkham - Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Bozar

You cannot fail to be mesmerised by the beauty of Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht. From the opening notes, the cantata’s overture takes you on a journey to a magical and supernatural world that was very fashionable in the nineteenth century. It leads you to a pagan feast, called Walpurgisnacht, celebrating spring and the exaltation of nature. The expressiveness and rare power of this cantata was inspired by one of Goethe’s poems, which itself was inspired by a popular legend, is consistent with the resistance of paganism in the face of Christianity. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Collegium Vocale Gent, a group of excellent soloists and the outstanding young conductor David Afkham pull out all the stops for this allegory of the freedom of conscience in the face of forced conversions. Also on the programme: Mozart’s sumptuous Piano Concerto No. 15, which will be performed by the virtuoso Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who recorded this piece a decade ago with the same orchestra (Warner Classics).

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31 Mar. 19

Steinway Piano Competition for the Youth

Bozar

The Steinway Piano Competition for young talents brings the best and most surprising young pianists of Belgium on the stage of Bozar. During the selection rounds, a maximum of 15 candidates are selected out of three categories (up to 13, 16 and 19 years of age) to go through to the final on 31 March 2019. There they will give their all in front of an eminent jury chaired by Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and consisting of a head piano teacher from every conservatory of music in Belgium.
The pianists who reach the final can count on extensive support for their musical development. Amongst others, they have the chance of winning cash prizes to support their musical education and valuable stage appearances. Last but not least, one of the winners will be selected to represent Belgium at the 2020 Steinway Festival in Hamburg.
Enjoy a unique, wonderful concert and support young talent with your presence!
More information: www.steinwaypianocompetition.be

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