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 Katie Liu (viola), Leland Ko (cello) Emiri Morita (violin), and Hana Mundiya (violin) will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. They will additionally be performing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9 for Piano and Violin in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer.”
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
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.
Leland Ko began studying cello at the age of three. Born and raised in the Boston area, he studied with Ronald Lowry for many years at the Rivers School Conservatory. In 2011, he was admitted to the Perlman Music Program (PMP) in 2011, where, for the past six summers, he has studied with Ronald Leonard, teacher at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and former principal of the LA Philharmonic. PMP cultivated a deep love for chamber music for Leland. Additionally, through PMP, Leland was introduced Paul Katz, legendary cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, with whom he studied for four years at the New England Conservatory.
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.
Hana Mundiya made her concerto debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 13 at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. A prizewinner in the 9th Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg, Germany and second place winner in the 2016 Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, Hana has been a guest soloist for the New York Piano Society at Carnegie Hall, and performed with ThePianoGuys at Perelman Hall at Carnegie Hall and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. She will major in Comparative Literature. Her teachers include Naoko Tanaka and Donald Weilerstein, with whom she has been studying since attending The Juilliard School for one year and Juilliard Pre-College.
THU—February 28—7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk, 7 PM
$25 ($20 ASF Members)
Series Pass $110 ($90 ASF Members)