Pre-concert talk—7 PM
$25 ($20 ASF Members)
Series Pass for 3 concerts: $60 ($48 ASF Members)
In his Music on Park Avenue concert series Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand performs the masters with a focus on a chamber music repertoire, highlighting distinguished composers and guest musicians.
Tengstrand explores the so-called late period of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, in which the composer was constantly innovating. These sonatas were not easily understood or appreciated by his contemporaries, but are now seen as the pinnacle of his creativity. Featured works include Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81, Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90, and Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101.
About Per Tengstrand
Per Tengstrand has firmly established himself as one of today’s most exciting pianists. He has been described by The Washington Post as “technically resplendent, powerful, intuitively secure,” and by The New York Times as “a superb Swedish pianist” whose recital “was rewarding, both for its unusual programming and for his eloquent, technically polished performances.”
Tengstrand is the subject of the acclaimed Swedish documentary The Soloist, directed by Magnus Gertten and Stefan Berg (Sweden, 2003), which was featured at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in New York. In 2005 he was decorated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with the “Litteris et Artibus” Medal for outstanding service to the arts.
Tengstrand’s 2014-15 concert season included performances on both sides of the Atlantic: in Sweden he played Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 (1900-01), Johannes Brahms’ Concerto No. 2, Op. 83 (1878-81), and Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments (1923-24); and the Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo performed an adaptation of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913) before returning to the U.S., where he continues his Music on Park Avenue series at Scandinavia House in New York City. He was recently named artist-in-residence at the new Spira Concert House in Jönköping, Sweden.