This season, Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand returns to Scandinavia House for the Music on Park Avenue concert series with a special presentation of all five of Beethoven’s Concerti, performed with musicians from Princeton chamber music group Opus 21.
This evening, Tengstrand and musicians Lawrence Chiang (violin) , Katie Liu (viola), Emiri Morita (violin), and Calvin Van Zytveld (cello) will be performing the first of these, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. They will additionally be performing two complementary pieces: Arvo Pärt’s Mozart-Adagio and W.A. Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478.
The Music on Park Avenue concert series is supported in part by a generous grant from The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and in part by the Lynn Carter Fund of the ASF.
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.
About the Performers From Opus 21
Lawrence Chiang is a freshman from Fort Lee, NJ and a graduate of Dwight-Englewood School. He plans to major in music as well as being on the pre-med track. He spent six years as a student at Juilliard Pre-College under Ms. Naoko Tanaka. He has participated in the Mozarteum Music Festival in Salzburg, Austria, the Heifetz Summer Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has played in the masterclasses of Zakhar Bron, Pierre Amoyal, Igor Ozim, and Daniel Phillips. He won first prize in the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra Goldwasser Young Artist Concerto Competition and performed the complete Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with its orchestra. In addition, he won first prize at the Dwight-Englewood Concerto Competition, National Young Musicians Showcase Competition, and Concert Festival Competition. He is also prizewinner in the Summit Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Alexander and Buono International Strings Competition, and AADGT International Competition. Lawrence is also a member of the Princeton University Orchestra.
Katie Liu is a sophomore concentrating in ORFE, and plans to pursue a certificate in Musical Performance or COS. In high school, she attended the Juilliard School Pre-College Division and served as the concertmaster of the Bravura Youth Orchestra. She has studied under Duoming Ba and Masao Kawasaki, and currently studies with Eric Wyrick. On campus, Katie is a member of the Princeton University Orchestra and SYMPOH.
Emiri Morita is a freshman international student from Kobe, Japan. As a member of the Super Kids Orchestra, she toured around the country with conductor Yutaka Sado and performed in numerous disaster relief concerts in the Tohoku region affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In 2015, she was a national finalist and regional third place winner in the Student Music Concours of Japan, the most prestigious student music competition in the nation. While studying abroad as an exchange student in Washington her senior year, she played in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra where she served as concertmaster and won the Washington State Solo contest. She recently studied under Machie Oguri, Ronald Patterson and is currently studying with Anna Lim at Princeton University.
Calvin Van Zytveld made his concerto debut in Michigan with the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since soloed with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. He has won several competitions, most recently the 2017 National Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Competition. Calvin attended Meadowmount for three summers, where he was a student of Clive Greensmith and Jonathan Koh. He spent this past summer at Aspen, where he studied with Eric Kim and Darrett Adkins, and received chamber coaching from members of the Pacifica and American Quartets. At Princeton, he is a music concentrator, and studies privately with Alberto Parrini.
THU—October 25—7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk, 7 PM
$25 ($20 ASF Members)
Series Pass $110 ($90 ASF Members)