Byron Schenkman has recorded more than thirty CDs of 17th– and 18th-century repertoire, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum, Vermillion, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A recipient of the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music “for outstanding achievement in the field of early music,” he was voted “Best Classical Instrumentalist” by the readers of Seattle Weekly, and his piano playing has been described in The New York Times as “sparkling,” “elegant,” and “insightful.”
He has been a featured guest with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, the Daedalus Quartet, Les Enfants d’Orphée, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He was also founding co-director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra with violinist Ingrid Matthews. In 2013, he launched Byron Schenkman & Friends, a Baroque and Classical chamber music series at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Schenkman is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and received his master’s degree with honors in performance from the Indiana University School of Music. He currently teaches at Seattle University and has been a guest lecturer in harpsichord and fortepiano at Indiana University.
Fryderyk Chopin was a central figure of 19th century Romanticism, but his connections to J.S. Bach are clear in his own preludes, which were directly inspired by Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. This program also places Chopin’s music in the context of Romantic composers who influenced his work, including the great Polish pianist Maria Szymanowska and the composer/critic Robert Schumann. EMV favourite Byron Schenkman will play this concert on EMV’s 19th century Broadwood.
FRYDERYK CHOPIN: Waltz in E Minor (op. post.)
FRYDERYK CHOPIN: Prelude in C# Minor, Op. 45
FRYDERYK CHOPIN: Nocturne in A-flat Major, Op. 32, No. 2
MARIA SZYMANOWSKA: Nocturne in B-flat Major
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
CLARA SCHUMANN: Nocturne in F, Op. 6, No. 2
FRYDERYK CHOPIN: Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Arabesque, Op. 18
JOHANNES BRAHMS: Rhapsody in E-flat, Op. 119, No. 4
An elegant stylist with a cleanly articulated sound ”–Allan Kozinn, New York Times
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2-23 October 2020 – The Eighteenth International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition