Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand returns to Scandinavia House this fall with his popular Music on Park Avenue concert series in which he continues to explore Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

Tengstrand explores Beethoven’s middle sonatas, written between 1801 and 1814. This evening, Tengstrand performs Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major (the Waldstein Sonata), which set the standard for piano composition in the grand manner—as well as Opus 49 and the wonderful Opus 54, Piano Sonata in F Major.

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 Music on Park Avenue

Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand performs a series of concerts at Scandinavia House with a focus on a chamber music repertoire, highlighting distinguished composers and guest musicians.

The Music on Park Avenue concert series is supported in part by a generous grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.



Image courtesy of Per Tengstrand

THU—10-20-2016—7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk—7 PM
$25 ($20 ASF Members)