A once in a lifetime opportunity:
The performance of one of the greatest piano masterworks of all time in a private setting.
Brahms Piano Concerto in B Flat
The Internationally Acclaimed Concert Pianist SOHEIL NASSERI
Berliner Zeitung: “Fantastic! A real talent. We in the audience could not possibly have had more fun.”
Collaborative Pianist: Dimitriy Cogan (Laureate of the Robert Casadesus and Jose Iturbi International Piano Competitions)
DATE: Sunday, April 10, 2016
LOCATION: Aptos Home of John Orlando
Time: 2:00 PM
Donation: Suggested donation to the Juanita Orlando Grand Piano Fund: $75 (Includes a complimentary CD)
Reservations: www.DistinguishedArtists.Org or call 831-539-0000
Background and reviews:
Pianist Soheil Nasseri has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “a compelling recitalist. Consistently interesting… consistently thoughtful… a vivid imagination. Filled with character… fresh ideas… a magnificent technique. He put the music first without fail, the sign of a genuinely valuable artist,” and by the Berliner Zeitung as “Fantastic! Exquisite! Hats off to him! A real talent. [In Beethoven] one was able to enjoy themselves on the highest level.”
In addition to such enthusiastic international praise, The New Yorker has noted that Mr. Nasseri is “one of New York’s most prolific recitalists.” Since the fall of 2001, he has performed nineteen completely different solo recital programs in New York, all without repeating a single piece: at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and at Merkin Concert Hall. These concerts included 23 premières of contemporary works in addition to 28 of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, a part of Mr. Nasseri’s pledge to perform all of Beethoven’s works involving piano—including the chamber music and lieder—by the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020.
Mr. Nasseri made his European recital debut in May 2004 at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. Since then, he has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls: in addition to his regular New York concerts, he has recently performed solo recitals or concerti at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center in Washington, Berlin’s Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, London’s Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, Tokyo’s Musashino Center, Florence’s Teatro Comunale, and Palermo’s Teatro Politeama. As concerto soloist Mr. Nasseri has appeared with conductors Justus Frantz, Edward Polochick, Fernando Lopez, and Fabio del Cioppo, and he is also active as a chamber musician, playing piano quintets at Bargemusic in New York (where he returns this season joined by the Biava Quartet). Notable 2009-10 season concerts include solo recitals at the 2000-seat Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as in Montreal (Canada), Portland (Oregon), Jacksonville Beach (Florida), and the Dvorak Piano Concerto in Baltimore. He also joins the American Ballet Theatre in May and June for 8 all-Chopin performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
One of Soheil Nasseri’s foremost interests has been his inner-city public school music education program. Mr. Nasseri has given concerts at more than 60 public schools in the U.S. since 2003, with a combined audience of about 25,000 wildly responsive students.
Mr. Nasseri is also passionately committed to promoting new music of young classical composers and indeed many composers have written pieces specifically for him, includingRichard Danielpour, Avner Dorman, Martin Kennedy, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Haskell Small,Ronn Yedidia, Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin, and Samuel Zyman. In 2002, Mr. Nasseri recorded a CD ‘single’ featuring three of these new works. In 2002 at Weill Recital Hall, Mr. Nasseri gave the world première of the first major piano work by English composer Kaikhosru Sorabji, the “Sonata No. 0” (1917), which Mr. Nasseri recently recorded for Centaur Records, in addition to sonatas by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. A CD featuring works by the American composer Haskell Small was released in 2010 by Naxos.
Born to Persian parents in Santa Monica, California, Soheil Nasseri began studying the piano at the age of five and at the age of twenty moved to New York to study intensively with the late Karl Ulrich Schnabel (1909–2001). Following the death of Mr. Schnabel, Mr. Nasseri became a protégé of Jerome Lowenthal who remains Mr. Nasseri’s mentor today. Other significant teachers include Irina Edelman, Anna Balakerskaia, Clinton Adams, Eva Pierrou, and Ann Schein.
Soheil Nasseri divides his time between residences in New York and Berlin.