A performance at Tanglewood Music Center by pianist Mathilde Handelsman ’20 (Doctor of Music Arts in Performance) received high praise in a review by Boston Concert Reviews.
“As twilight descended on Tanglewood, the Prelude Concert, (usually presented by Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center before the evening concert) was a more intimate gathering focused on chamber music. This evening, there was a shimmering performance of Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor (1846), by pianist Mathilde Handelsman, violinist Wei Lu and cellist Jonah Krolik. Schumann’s piece is filled with dreamy light melodies, delivered with sweet and lilting touches in the hands of these three alert partners. Handelsman was particularly fine at her piano, lacing her notes with soft pedal touches that allowed each note to flow graciously into her partner’s embraces. The vivid acoustics of Ozawa Hall allowed for every cello plunge, violin soar and piano glow to be heard crisp and clear into the lingering shadows of the lawn.”
Handelsman was a fellow at Tanglewood this summer. During her time there, she took a masterclass with Emanuel Ax and served as the page turner for a performance featuring Ax and Yo-Yo Ma.