2019 Concert Series

Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss

Program Notes

Reinberger Chamber Hall

Severance Hall

Shai Wosner & Orion Weiss together; Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

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Please join us for a pre-concert talk with both artists moderated by CIPC President Yaron Kohlberg from 7:15-7:40

Finishing off the 2019 Concert Series with a magnificent program of four hands piano and piano duo works is Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss. This Israeli-American duo boasts a multitude of accomplishments.

Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today—reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who note his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered). Described as a “Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character” by Gramophone, Mr. Wosner continues his career-long, critically acclaimed engagement with the composer’s music through a collaboration with longtime friend and collaborator Orion Weiss on a 4-hands and two pianos program pairing works by Schubert and Brahms with David Lang’s companion works Gravity and After Gravity.

One of the most sought-after soloists of his generation, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.


LANG Gravity (2005)

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata for Four Hands in C Major, Op. 140, D812 (“Grand Duo”)

LANG After Gravity (2007)

BRAHMS Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Op. 34b

Past Concerts:

Jeremy Denk

Mixon Hall

Cleveland Institute of Music

Jeremy Denk; Saturday January 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One of America’s foremost pianists, Jeremy Denk will kick off the 2019 Concert Series with a program of solo works. Denk is the winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He frequently returns to Carnegie Hall and has also recently performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and The Cleveland Orchestra.


BEETHOVEN Five Variations on “Rule Britannia” in D Major

ADAMS I Still Play

BIZET Variations chromatiques

MENDELSSOHN Variations sérieuses in D minor, Op. 54

— Intermission —

BEETHOVEN An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98/S. 469 (transc. Liszt)

SCHUMANN Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17

Xiaoxuan Li and Eva Gevorgyan

Gartner Auditorium

Cleveland Museum of Art

Xiaoxuan Li & Eva Gevorgyan; Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Two bright CIPC for Young Artists Winners will make their way back to Cleveland to perform a program of solo works. Xiaoxuan Li and Eva Gevorgyan captivate their audiences with their stunning expertise and technique. Both young artists also have impressive backgrounds.

Li has been awarded prizes at several international competitions including second prize at the 2015 Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists, first prize at the 2015 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Artists, and fourth prize at the 2012 Ettlingen International Piano Competition for Young Pianists.

Gevorgyan is just as impressive having won more than 40 international competitions for piano and composition in Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Malta, Kazakhstan, Poland, Czech Republic, Georgia, Russia, and Serbia. She has also performed for the President of Italy.


Xiaoxuan Li, 2018 CIPC for Young Artists First Prize Winner (Senior Division)

CHOPIN Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

RACHMANINOFF Études-Tableaux in E-flat Minor, Op. 39, No. 5

LISZT Transcendental Étude, S. 139, No. 10 (“Appassionata”)


Eva Gevorgyan, 2018 CIPC for Young Artists First Prize Winner (Junior Division)

ROSSINI-GINZBURG Figaro’s Aria from The Barber of Seville

SAINT-SAËNS Etude en forme de valse Op. 52, No. 6

LISZT “La Campanella” from Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141



Eva Gevorgyan and Xiaoxuan Li

TCHAIKOVSKY Excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Angela Hewitt

Gamble Auditorium

Baldwin Wallace University

Angela Hewitt at a piano; Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Angela Hewitt, a past CIPC medalist, will appear in Cleveland as part of her Bach Odyssey Tour. The audience will undoubtedly be left enamored with the glory of Bach as interpreted by Hewitt, who has spent much of her life focusing on Bach’s works. Hewitt has appeared in recitals and as a soloist with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. She is also a member of Gramophone Magazine’s “Hall of Fame” and the Artistic Director of the annual Trasimeno Music Festival in the heart of Umbria, Italy.



English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806

English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807

— Intermission —

Suite in F Minor, BWV 823

English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808

Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 894

Roberto Plano

The Omni Quartet

Kulas Hall

Cleveland Institute of Music

Roberto Plano; Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm

First Prize Winner of the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Italian pianist Roberto Plano has performed all over the world. As a chamber musician he played with groups such as the Takacs, Cremona, Fine Arts and St. Petersburg String Quartets, as well as with soloists such as Ilya Grubert, Enrico Bronzi and Giovanni Scaglione. Plano will appear alongside The Omni Quartet, comprised of members of The Cleveland Orchestra.


RESPIGHI Nocturne, from Six Pieces for Piano

LISZT Sposalizio, from Years of Pilgrimage, Book 2 – Italy

TARREGA, ARR. BY R. PLANO Recuerdos de Alhambra

VILLA-LOBOS Impressões seresteiros (from “Ciclo Brasileiro”)

GINASTERA Milonga Op. 3, “Canción del Arbol Del Olvido”

GINASTERA Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15

— Intermission —

BRAHMS Piano Quintet, Op. 34

featuring The Omni Quartet
Amy Lee and Alicia Koelz violins; Joanna Zakany, viola; speical guest artist Charles Bernard, cello


* Please Note: Tickets may be exchanged but are non-refundable.