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WORLD OF THE PIANO
Hailed by The New York Times as, “…eminently musical; she offers depth as well as virtuosity,” French pianist Lise de la Salle has enraptured audiences around the world and established herself as one of today’s emerging young talents. She has performed with the world’s major orchestras and her mature artistry and fresh interpretations have been preserved in award-winning recordings featuring works by indomitable composers such as Rachmaninov, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Bach and more. Blending classical repertoire with brand new works by acclaimed jazz pianist Thomas Encho, de la Salle’s program reflects the depth and intrigue of her playing itself.
Bach: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971
Enhco: Chant Nocturne
Roussel: Prélude et Fugue, op. 46
Enhco: La Question de l’Ange
Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H
Bach/Liszt: Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543 (S.462/1)
Bach/Kempff: Siciliano, BWV 1031
Poulenc: Valse Improvisation on B-A-C-H
Enhco: L’aube Nous Verra
Bach/Busoni: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
MEET THE ARTIST
In just a few years, through her international concert appearances and her award-winning Naïve recordings, 28 year-old Lise de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today’s most exciting young artists, and as a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity. Her playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe…the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.”
A native of France, de la Salle first came to international attention in 2005, at the age of 16, with a Bach/Liszt recording that was selected as, “Recording of the Month” by Gramophone Magazine. Ms. de la Salle, who records for the Naïve label, was then similarly recognized in 2008 for her recording of Liszt’s, Prokofiev’s and Shostakovich’s first concertos—a remarkable feat for someone only 20 years old. Her most recent Naive recording offers works of Schumann, including Kinderszenen and the C Major Fantasy, which was released in 2014. In the fall of 2015, Naxos released Lise de la Salle’s recordings of Rachmaninows Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with Fabio Luisi and the Philharmonia Zurich.
Lise de la Salle has played with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. She made her London Symphony Orchestra debut with Fabio Luisi and in 2016 returned to the orchestra with Antonio Pappano. Luisi, who had invited her to become the first artist-in-residence of the Zurich Opera in 2014 has also frequently featured de la Salle with the Vienna Symphony, including a performance in New York on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center. In the United States, de la Salle has played with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, San Francisco Symphony and three times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. In her second appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra, she played the Gershwin Concerto in F, a performance that inspired one critic to exclaim that “she might just be the most exciting young artist in classical music right now.”
A sought-after recitalist, she has been captivating enthusiastic audiences and critics in major series in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto, and at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London and the Louvre in Paris. de la Salle also takes pleasure in educational outreach and conducts masterclasses in many of the cities in which she performs.
Her critically acclaimed Naive CDs include an all-Chopin disc with a live recording of the Piano Concerto 2, op. 2 with Fabio Luisi conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Four Ballades. In May 2011, Naïve issued her sixth recording, released in celebration of Liszt’s bicentennial. The recording includes both original Liszt compositions, such as the Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, Funerailles, and the Dante Sonata, and Liszt’s transcriptions of others’ pieces, such as Mozart’s Lacrymosa and Schubert’s Ständchen. Diapason Magazine named the album the Diapason D’or, and was the “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone Magazine, stating that, “…the wonderfully gifted 23-year-old Lise de la Salle gives us a Liszt recital of astonishing strength, poetry, and, for one so young, musical maturity.”
During the 2015/16 season, de la Salle was heard with leading symphonic ensembles in London, Paris, Munich, Tokyo, Baltimore, Detroit and Quebec, among others, with such esteemed conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Osmo Vanska and Douglas Boyd. Concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel and Rachmaninoff demonstrated her fresh interpretations, compelling musicality and dynamic pianism. She made her debut in the Chicago Symphony recital series and was also heard in recitals and chamber music performances in New York, St. Paul, Santa Barbara, Winter Park, Portland, Oregon, and at colleges and universities around the country. In recent seasons she has also appeared with Jiri Belohlavek and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra and on tour with Sir Neville Marriner and the Staatskapelle Weimar. In the United States, she made her fourth appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made her debut with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony, and was also heard as a soloist with Roberto Abbado and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as Eugene Tzigane and the New Jersey Symphony.
Ms. de la Salle began her 2016/17 season performing recitals and chamber music at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She will be heard with leading symphonic ensembles in Paris, Germany and the United States including performances with James Conlon and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. and with Ludovic Morlot and the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as with the orchestras of Des Moines, Knoxville, Toledo and Philadelphia, among others. Additional recitals and chamber music performances were heard in Washington, D.C., Fresno, Detroit, and other cities around the country.
Learn more at www.lisedelasalle.com.
Sunday, February 11 at 2PM • Armstrong Concert Hall
Join us on the Sunday of each World of the Piano performance at 2PM in Armstrong Concert Hall for a Pre-Concert Talk! Learn about the artist’s program from Shenandoah Conservatory faculty.
Monday, February 12 from 10AM to Noon • Armstrong Concert Hall
Observe the guest artists as they work with Shenandoah Conservatory piano students. Masterclasses are held on the Monday following each Sunday World of the Piano performance from 10AM to noon in Armstrong Concert Hall. Limited seating is open to the public for quiet observation. Please arrive by 9:45AM.
Photos by Lynn Goldsmith