Azzi, Choi, Bidini | 06/23/2020

Chopin: Barcarolle, Op.60

PROGRAM: 

 

BEETHOVEN: 

Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1

Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2​ "The Tempest"

Sonata No. 18 in E♭ major, Op. 31, No.3 

Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No. 1

Sonata No.20 in G major, Op.49 No. 2

Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"


 

Hailed by Newport Daily News as having “extraordinary finger technique for a musician so young," pianist NADIA AZZI is a recipient of numerous top prizes at national and international levels. Born in Dunedin, Florida to Lebanese-Japanese parents, Ms. Azzi began playing the piano at the age of five. 

Her notable awards include top prizes in the 2019-2020 Beverly Hills National Auditions, 2017, 2016, and 2015 National YoungArts Foundation, 2015 Ishikawa Music Academy, 2014 Nordmann Scholarship Competition, awarding a full-tuition merit scholarship to continue studies at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, 2013 Thousand Islands International Chopin Piano Competition, 2012 Crescendo International Music Competition, Walgreens National Concerto Competition, Tampa Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition, New Music National Young Artist Competition, Orfeo International Music Competition, and AADGT International Music Festival. 

Ms. Azzi made her Carnegie Hall debut at age eleven and her concerto debut with the Boston Neo-politan Orchestra at age twelve, and in 2015, she became a recipient of MBC Group TV director Ali Jaber's Golden Buzz on Arabs Got Talent. Other engagements of note include festival fellowships and appearances at the Newport Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts, Yellow Barn, and Aspen Music Festival. She has also appeared on NPR's From the Top as well as on WGN-TV Chicago, Radio Canada International, NHK-FM Japan, FBC Japan, Fukui TV, and gave a live recital on the "Impromptu" program of 98.7 WFMT Chicago. Recent highlights include performing at the Frost Chopin Festival in University of Miami, playing alongside bassists Peter Lloyd and David Young at Thayer Hall of the Colburn School, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at Harris Concert Hall, and performances at the Junior Piano Academy Eppan in Italy, the 15th Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Anniversary Celebration at David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, and in Washington, D.C., where she was invited by the Florida House on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Azzi has performed with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Tampa Bay Symphony, Richey Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble, and Colburn Orchestra under distinguished conductors.  Most recently, she performed Brahms Concerto No. 2 with the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra in May 2019.

Fluent in Japanese and English, Ms. Azzi is also a member of American MENSA. She actively promotes music through numerous outreach programs and community services both in solo and chamber music performances. She recently performed at a benefit concert for Syrian Refugees in Montreal, Canada. Ms. Azzi is also an avid enthusiast of contemporary music and has given recitals using extended techniques and prepared piano, including the premieres of several pieces by young composers over the years. Ms. Azzi graduated from the pre-college division of The Juilliard School studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky, and currently studies with Fabio Bidini at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. 

Liszt: Rhapsodie Espanole

MINHYE CHOI was born in 1993 in Mokpo, South Korea. She is a Professional Studies Certificate candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Fabio Bidini. She graduated with a master’s degree at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Cologne, where she has also worked as a piano accompanist and bachelor’s degree at the Conservatory of Music ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin. She has performed several concerts with solo repertoire such as in Schumann Haus, Mendelssohn Remise, and Steingraeber & Söhne Haus in Germany and also actively performed chamber music for concerts, competitions, and festivals. In 2016 she was the youngest finalist in the ‘7th Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition’ and in 2017 she was selected as a ‘Young Talented Musician’ by Korean Culture Center in Berlin.

Beethoven: Sonata No.4 Op. 7

FABIO BIDINI today is recognized as one of the most important pianists and pedagogues. Bernard Holland of the New York Times stated: “He is capable of an admirable simplicity…truly touching.”

At the age of five he was given his first piano lessons and, a half year later, he had his first public performance. In the following years he won 11 of the most important Italian piano competitions, including always the Audience Prize as well as all the special prizes.

He made his final graduation as “Magna cum Laude” and was one of the youngest graduates ever of the prestigious “Conservatorio Santa Cecilia” in Rome. Pianists who made a significant contribution to his artistic development were Orazio Frugoni and Maria Tipo.

After winning top prizes in the most famous international piano competitions, his sensational success at the Busoni and at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition opened him the door to a constantly growing international career.

His outstanding piano playing that combines technical wizardry with poetic lyricism and his fascinating culture of the attack of the keyboard brought him to have a glowing London debut in the Barbican Center with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas in the presence of Sir Georg Solti. Shortly after, he performed at the United Nation as a soloist of the BBC Wales and had his highly acclaimed North American debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Joel Levi.

Since then Mr. Bidini has been a frequent guest of the most prominent orchestras worldwide (San Francisco Sympony, Dallas Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philharmonia Orchestra of London, BBC Orchestra Wales) playing in the world´s most famous concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center Philadelphia, Kennedy-Center Washington, Royal Festival Hall, Davies Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Rudolfinum, Auditorio Nacionál-Madrid, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, among others).

He has also collaborated with leading conductors of our time, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Ivan Fischer, Andrey Boreyko, Zoltan Kocsis, Eri Klas, GianAndrea Noseda, Barry Wordsworth, Yoel Levi, Pavel Kogan, Louis Lane, Tadaaki Otaka, Mathias Bamert, Jesus Lopez Cobos, JoAnn Falletta, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Max Valdes, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Michael Christie, Carlos Prieto, Rossen Milanov among others.

He has been repeatedly invited to perform at prestigious festivals, such as the Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona/ Napa, Festival Radio France Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, Stern Grove Festival, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Piano Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi, Grant Park Festival Chicago.

Mr. Bidini is also greatly in demand as a chamber music partner. He has enjoyed artistic collaboration with the American String Quartet, the Janacek Quartet, the Brodsky Quartet, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet, Zoltan Kocsis, Nikolaj Znaider, Johannes Moser, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Paula Robison, Corey Cerovsek, Wendy Warner, Eva Urbanova, Eva Mei, Nina Kotova, Alexis-Pia Gerlach, Maria Bachmann, Dimitri Ashkenazy e Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker. He has formed a formal duo with Ms. Hopcker, and, with the publication of their debut CD of sonatas of S.Prokofieff and R.Strauss, they have laid the foundations for extensive collaborations with the US American label True Sounds.

Mr. Bidini’s discography comprises of 14 CDs of leading recording companies such as BMG, Naxos, Classichord, Musikstrasse, EPR, True Sounds, among others.

In 2005 Mr. Bidini accepted a professorship in the piano departement of the “Universität der Künste – Berlin”. In 2009 he won one of the most important chairs for piano in Germany at the “Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.

In 2015 the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles founded the Carol Colburn Grigor Piano Chair for Fabio Bidini and he currently serves as faculty at the prestigious conservatory. Additionally he serves as an artist in residence at the “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz” in Köln.

He is an official Steinway Artist.

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