Emanuel Ax gives European premiere of HK Gruber concerto

Following the hugely successful World Première of HK Gruber’s Piano in January 2017 with the New York Philharmonic, Emanuel Ax brings the work to Europe for its European Première on March 16th 2017 with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Simon Rattle.

“…Mr. Ax deftly navigated the concerto’s mercurial quick-cuts in his scintillating and colorful performance, qualities matched by Mr. Gilbert and the impressive Philharmonic players…” Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 6 January 2017

Composed especially for Emanuel Ax, HK Gruber has said that what convinced him to write a concerto for Manny was “…his versatility in 20th century repertoire, jumping happily between continents such as in concertos by Schoenberg and Adams…”. Click here to read in full the fascinating interview with the composer about his new piano concerto.

Berlin performance dates:

Thursday 16 March, 8.00pm
Friday 17 March, 8.00pm
Saturday 18 March, 7.00pm

For more information, see the Berliner Philharmoniker website.

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