Violinist Benjamin Baker and Pianist Daniel Lebhardt
Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm CST$10 – $40
Rising star violinist Benjamin Baker, a New Zealand native, won First Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists auditions in New York and Third Prize at the Michael Hill Competition in New Zealand, among other honors. He and acclaimed young Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt come to Guarneri Hall to play a program spanning three centuries, highlighting Baker’s stylistic range.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in E flat major, K380
Aaron Copland: Violin Sonata
John Cage: Six Melodies for Violin and Piano
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No.3, Op.108
Read program notes by Stefan Hersh.
Benjamin Baker, a New Zealand native, has moved audiences around the world with his musicianship, performing as far afield as Lebanon, China, Australia, throughout Europe and the U.S., and on tour in South America. He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic in London, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Auckland Philharmonia and the Maui Pops.
After winning First Prize and special performances prizes at the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Benjamin Baker’s first U.S. tour included debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and at New York's Merkin Concert Hall. This season the Young Concert Artists Series presents him in a special encore performance with pianist Daniel Lebhardt at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum. He also captured First Prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition.
By popular demand, Benjamin Baker has returned to New Zealand to play concerts and appear on radio and television broadcasts. For his devotion to charities for children, he is grateful to be an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson, and he created and led a special London Music Masters project for young violinists with dancer Cheryl McChesney, which explored the connection between music and movement.
A resident of London, where he has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Benjamin Baker studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and with Natasha Boyarsky and Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl graduation prize. He plays a Tononi violin (1709) on generous loan, and is recipient of support from the Wallace Foundation and Carne Trust. Mr. Baker’s recording “The Last Rose of Summer” on Champs Hill Records, which includes works by Beethoven, Strauss, and Kreisler, reached #22 on the charts the first week of release.
Pianist Daniel Lebhardt has impressed audiences and critics alike with his thoughtful interpretations and outstanding virtuosity. A native of Hungary, he currently lives in England, where he has played a Mozart Concerto at Royal Festival Hall, a BBC Proms concert broadcast on Radio 3, repeat performances at Wigmore Hall, and received the Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious Patron’s Award.
Recent engagements include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto at King George’s Hall with the Hallé Orchestra, and he has appeared with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, at London’s Steinway Hall, the Bela Bartok Memorial House and Liszt Museum in Budapest, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and on tour in China, Argentina, Colombia and Chile.
In the U.S. this season, highlights include the Shostakovich Concerto No. 2 with the Venice Symphony and a special encore performance with violinist Benjamin Baker for the Young Concert Artists Series at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum.
Mr. Lebhardt won First Prize at the 2014 Young Concert Artists Auditions in Paris, YCA’s International Auditions in New York, and five special prizes. He also received the Most Promising Pianist Prize at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, as well as First Prizes at international competitions in Italy, Slovakia, Russia, and Romania, and the Young Classical Artists Trust Auditions in London.
Daniel Lebhardt studied at the Special School of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and in London at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and in the studio of Pascal Nemirovski. He is currently obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Mr. Lebhardt is featured on the Decca recording “Béla Bartók: Complete Works,” and it was recently announced that his debut solo recording will be issued by Naxos Records.
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