Sunday September 19, 2010 at 2:30pm
- Beethoven - Fantasia in G Minor – B Major, Op. 77
- Schumann - Fantasia in C Major, Op. 17
- Boucourechliev - Six Études d’après Piranese (1975)
Δ Ξ Π Σ Φ Θ
- Crumb - From Makrokosmos, Books I and II (1972-73)
[Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano]
“Pianist Emma Tahmiziàn gave a [deservedly] electrifying performance of Sebastian Currier’s Piano Sonata.” The New York Times
“Emma Tahmiziàn captured the attention of the audience with the first notes . . . after Beethoven’s Sonata Op.111 it became obvious that in front of us was a tragic actress of a type we had not seen before.” Pravda
“Emma Tahmiziàn gives the sort of stunning performance that composers dream of.” Fanfare Magazine
"The performance I really remember . . is Emma Tahmiziàn’s exquisite Davidsbündlertänze [Schumann]. It was so beautiful I actually cried.” Joan Chissel, music critic for The Times [“The Story of The Leeds”, p. 122]
Emma Tahmiziàn has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe in a wide variety of appearances as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. She made her first public appearance at age five in her native Bulgaria, and her debut as a soloist with orchestra at thirteen with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major, K. 488. Her international career was launched at nineteen, when she won the First Prize in the Robert Schumann International Competition in Germany and made her triumphant Berlin Debut in the legendary Maxim Gorki Theatre. Since then, Ms. Tahmiziàn has concertized in major cities throughout Europe, including: Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rome, Geneva, Dubrovnik, and Prague. In North America, Ms. Tahmiziàn has performed in Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, The 92nd St. “Y”, and MOMA in New York, The J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Jordan Hall, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in Montréal and Toronto. Ms. Tahmiziàn has appeared as a soloist with all the major orchestras of Bulgaria, the Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, The Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Berlin Radio Symphony. Among the numerous musicians with whom she has collaborated are violinists Joel Smirnoff, Rolf Schulte, Marc Peskanov, Mikhail Kopelman, violist Kim Kashkashian, cellists Colin Carr, Fred Sherry, Yehuda Hanani, Matt Haimovitz, André Emelianoff, and Marc Johnson, and sopranos Bethany Beardslee, Julia Migenes, and Lauren Flanigan. Featured in live radio and television broadcasts on both continents, she has been heard on Swiss Radio Geneva, The Netherlands Radio in Amsterdam, the Bulgarian, Russian and Rumanian Radio Stations. In The United States, she has appeared in live recitals on WQXR and WNYC, New York, and WGBH, Boston. Featured with her recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas Op. 31 No. 3 and Op. 111 in MIDEM Classique in Cannes, she has been taped also on TV in Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany and the United States.
Ms. Tahmiziàn has been lauded for her performances; critics have hailed her playing as “stunning”. Reviews read: “Electrifying performance” (The New York Times); “Pianist Emma Tahmiziàn deemed “stunning” in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2”(The Times Record); “[Emma Tahmiziàn] gives the sort of stunning performance that composers dream of” (Fanfare Magazine on her recording of Sebastian Currier’s Theo’s Sketchbook). Reflecting her affinity for broad spectrum and her vision of the correlation and coexistence of widely different epochs and styles, Ms. Tahmiziàn’s programs span music of over three centuries, from Scarlatti to Crumb, from Beethoven to Ligeti, Bolcom and Corigliano, among many others. Ever since her first public appearance, she has integrated new music with the old masters’ in her programs, and at eleven, she was chosen to represent her native country in Moscow, playing the works of contemporary Bulgarian composers. Based in New York City after the Van Cliburn competition, Ms. Tahmiziàn has been continuously forming associations with renowned, as well as upcoming contemporary composers. Works by various composers have been written for or dedicated to her. She has premiered and recorded numerous new pieces, among which a significant part of the work of 2007 Grawemeyer Award winner Sebastian Currier, and most recently, his Piano Concerto. As a founding member of MOSAIC, she has taken part in multifarious performances with the quartet, among which a collaboration with German play and film director Hans-Peter Cloos.
Recent performances include two appearances on the New York music scene, in “A Chopin Fest” at Carnegie in honor of the composer’s bicentennial, and in “Wall to Wall Behind the Wall” at Symphony Space, with music written in the era before the fall of the Berlin Wall, performing works by György Ligeti, André Boucourechliev (U.S. Premiere), Igor Rogalyov (U.S. Premiere), and Geroges Enesco. Among the highlights of Ms. Tahmiziàn’s engagements for next season are tours in Switzerland and Germany, with a special appearance in the Schumann-House, followed by a return performance in Paris, and later on, appearance in Moscow at the Denisov festival.
A laureate of the Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky, Leeds, Montréal, Bach and Smetana international competitions, a winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, and a recipient of several grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Emma Tahmiziàn holds a Master of Music Degree from both the Bulgarian State Music Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Along with a long-standing association with the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where in addition to performing she teaches piano and chamber music and gives master classes, Ms. Tahmiziàn is a frequent guest at festivals in the United States and Europe, among which Monadnoc Music, Schulzbach-Rosenberg Festival, and Sofia Music Weeks. Ms. Tahmiziàn resides in New York City.