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Feb 19, 2014 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Pianist Edna Stern

Concert. Music by Gideon Klein, Karel Reiner and Ludwig van Beethoven. Part of The Year of Czech Music Concert Series

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Edna Stern performs piano sonatas by Beethoven and two great figures from the Terezin Concentration Camp: Gideon Klein and Karel Reiner. 
This is the New York premiere of Reiner's work.  The concert will be preceded by a discussion of the works between Ms. Stern and Prof. Michael Beckerman of New York University.

Organized in collaboration with Dvorak American Heritage Association

Edna Stern has recorded 3 solo albums with the label Harmonia Mundi/ZigZag Territories. Her first CD entitled Chaconne was an immense success among the public and was highly praised by the critics throughout Europe. (Awarded a Diapason Découverte, Arte Best CD 2005) Her Schumann CD was awarded 5 of Diapason, which declares : “[Schumann’s Fantasy op. 17] is heard petrified by emotion. The pianist gives us here a rendering equal in inspiration with the greatest.

Her latest recording, featuring Preludes and Fugues by Bach has just been released and won a Diapason d’Or for March 2009.

Edna Stern began her musical education at the age of six, studying first in Europe and subsequently in Israel with Viktor Derevianko of the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv. She then returned to Europe to study at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth. Having regularly worked with Martha Argerich in Brussels, in 1996 she settled in Basel, perfecting herself during four years with Krystian Zimerman and later following master classes in Lake Como at the reputed International Piano Foundation with Alicia de Larrocha, Dmitri Bashkirov, Andreas Staier, and above all Leon Fleisher, whom she followed to the Peabody Institute in Baltimore for a year. In 2003, Edna Stern settled in Paris where she discovered the fortepiano, an instrument which has transformed her approach to music.

Edna Stern has been invited to play recitals and chamber music at the Festivals la Roque d'Anthéron, Colmar, MDR, Ludiwigsburg Festsspiele, Piano Jacobin, Bach Festival at Leipzig, Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Auditorium of Saragossa, Freiburg philharmonie, Radio Bremen, at the Theater of Châtelet or at the Palais des Beaux. She has also appeared, both with an orchestra and in solo recitals, at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and at the Tonhalle of Zürich. Her performances have been broadcast on the Belgian radio Musique3, SüdWest Rundfunk, Bayerische Rundfunk, DRS 2, France Musique as well as Radio Classique.

She has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de Cannes, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Flanders Philharmonic, Iena’s Philharmonic, RTL Philharmonic, the Polish Radio Philharmonic, the Beethoven Academy, The Basel Symphonic Orchestra, the Budapest Chamber Orchestra and the Polish Radio Orchestra.

In season 2010 she will release two solo recordings, a Chopin recital with the label Naive, as well as Mozart concertos with the Orchestre d’Auvergne and Arie van Beek with the label Harmonia Mundi/ZigZag Territories.

Edna Stern is teaching at the Royal College of London since September 2009.


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Feb 19, 2014 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM


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