Swedish pianist and artistic director Per Tengstrand – now in his fourth season of musical programming at Scandinavia House – performs a series of concerts with distinguished guest musicians.

The series highlights the repertoire of Scandinavian chamber music and its composers. Tengstrand also hosts pre-concert talks 45 minutes prior to the start of each concert.


Andreas Brantelid: Star Cellist
February 24
A young musician who has already performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and more, star cellist Andreas Brantelid performs Percy Grainger’s La Scandinavie (Scandinavian Suite) for cello and piano (1902) and Edvard Grieg’s Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36 (1882) at Scandinavia House.

Masterworks by a Scandinavian Trio
March 25
Three musicians from Norway, Iceland, and Sweden – David Coucheron, violin; former ASF Fellow Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir, cello; and Per Tengstrand, piano – come together to perform two of the greatest piano trios ever written: Ludwig van Beethoven’s playful Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1 (1793) and the dramatic Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (1944) by Dmitri Shostakovich.


The Beethoven Sonatas
April 17 & May 29
Scandinavian TrioTo hear Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in their entirety is perhaps one of the most incredible musical journeys one can embark on. After more than ten years of preparation, Swedish pianist and artistic director Per Tengstrand will play the sonatas in their chronological order.
This spring, Tengstrand will begin to describe to audiences – through music and words – how the young, confident virtuoso developed into the celebrated composer of the Pathétique and Moonlight sonatas and later a deaf master in his final years. The first three of these concerts debut this spring; the remainder will continue in upcoming seasons of Music on Park Avenue.

A Young Virtuoso Arrives in Vienna
April 17
Tengstrand plays Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1 (1795), Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2 (1796), and Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3 (1796).

The First Hit: The Pathétique Sonata
May 29
A concert including Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 (1796-98), Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 (1798), and Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique (1798).



Photo Courtesy of ensemble mise-en

MON – 2-24-2014 – 8:00 PM
Series continues Fall and Winter 2014-2015
$20 ($15 ASF Members)
Series pass for for concert – $80 ($60 ASF Members)