Bravo! Vail’s Piano Fellows, young artists at the onset of their careers, are personally selected by Artistic Director Anne- Marie McDermott. For this pianistic showcase, South African native Anton Nel joins in a lively evening of music by Mozart, Gershwin, Rossini, and more.
Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm For Assistance
ANNE-MARIE MCDERMOTT, ANTON NEL, JENNY CHEN, CHELSEA WANG (PIANO)
Music Arranged for Four Pianists/ Eight Hands by Bizet, Gershwin, Mozart, Joplin, and Rossini
MOZART: SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS IN D MAJOR
ROSSINI: OVERTURE TO WILLIAM TELL
GOUNOD: WALTZ FROM FAUST
CHABRIER: ESPAÑA RHAPSODY
GLINKA: OVERTURE TO RUSSLAN AND LUDMILLA
WILBERG: FANTASY ON THEMES FROM BIZET'S CARMEN
JOPLIN: RAG RHAPSODY
ANNE-MARIE MCDERMOTT, piano
Pianist and Bravo! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti, and chamber music.
ANTON NEL, piano
Called "an uncommonly elegant pianist" by The New York Times, South African-born pianist Anton Nel enjoys an impressive career spanning over four decades.
JENNY CHEN, piano
Jenny Chen presents a new generation of performers. Her passionate artistry expresses her individuality and sincerity about music.
CHELSEA WANG, piano
2017 Bravo! Vail Piano Fellow
ANNE-MARIE MCDERMOTT, piano
Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, spanning from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen.
With over 50 concerti in her repertoire, Ms. McDermott has performed with many leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and Baltimore Symphony among others. Ms. McDermott has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi.
In the recent seasons, Ms. McDermott performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
Recital engagements have included the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, The Schubert Club, Kennedy Center, as well as universities across the country. Anne-Marie McDermott has curated and performed in a number of intense projects including: the Complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas and Chamber Music, a Three Concert Series of Shostakovich Chamber Music, as well as a recital series of Haydn and Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Most recently, she commissioned works of Charles Wuorinen and Clarice Assad which were premiered in May 2009 at Town Hall, in conjunction with Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
As a soloist, Ms. McDermott has recorded the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas, Bach English Suites and Partitas (which was named Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice), and most recently, Gershwin Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with the Dallas Symphony and Justin Brown.
In addition to her many achievements and association with Bravo! Vail, McDermott is also Artistic Director of two other festivals; The Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival in the Florida Keys and The Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curaçao, off the coast of Venezuela.
As a chamber music performer, Anne-Marie McDermott was named an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1995 and performs and tours extensively with them each season. She also continues a long standing collaboration with the highly acclaimed violinist, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg. As a duo, they have released a CD titled “Live” on the NSS label and plan to release the Complete Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas in the future. Ms. McDermott is also a member of the renowned piano quartet, Opus One, with colleagues Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley.
She continues to perform each season with her sisters, Maureen McDermott and Kerry McDermott in the McDermott Trio. Ms. McDermott has also released an all Schumann CD with violist, Paul Neubauer, as well as the Complete Chamber Music of Debussy with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Ms. McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Dalmo Carra, Constance Keene and John Browning. She was a winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
In addition to her duties at Bravo! Vail, Anne-Marie McDermott regularly performs at Festivals across the United States including Spoleto, Mainly Mozart, Sante Fe, La Jolla Summerfest, Mostly Mozart, Newport, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, Aspen, Music from Angelfire, and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, among others.
Photo: Zach Mahone
ANTON NEL, piano
Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Following an auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study, the Johannesburg native captured first prizes in all the major South African competitions while still in his teens, toured his native country extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality. A student of Adolph Hallis, he made his European debut in France in 1982, and in the same year graduated with highest distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He came to the United States in 1983, attending the University of Cincinnati, where he pursued his Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees under Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock. In addition to garnering many awards from his alma mater during this three-year period he was a prizewinner at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition in England and won several first prizes at the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition in Palm Desert in 1986.
Highlights of Mr. Nel’s nearly four decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London, among many others. (He has an active repertoire of more than 100 works for piano and orchestra.) An acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Anton Nel has performed the concerto cycle several times, most notably on two consecutive evenings with the Cape Philharmonic in 2005. Additionally he has performed all-Beethoven solo recitals, complete cycles of the violin and cello works, and most recently a highly successful run of the Diabelli Variations as part of Moises Kaufman’s play 33 Variations. He was also chosen to give the North American premiere of the newly discovered Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn in 1992. Two noteworthy world premieres of works by living composers include "Virtuoso Alice" by David Del Tredici (dedicated to, and performed by Mr. Nel at his Lincoln Center debut in 1988) as well as Stephen Paulus's Piano Concerto also written for for Mr. Nel; the acclaimed world premiere took place in New York in 2003.
As recitalist he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum and the Frick Collection in New York, at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Davies Hall in San Francisco, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Internationally he has performed recitals in major concert halls in Canada, England (Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls in London), France, Holland (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam), Japan (Suntory Hall in Tokyo), Korea, and South Africa.
A favorite at summer festivals he has performed at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as at the music festivals of Aspen and Ravinia (where he is on the artist-faculties), Vancouver, Cartagena, and Stellenbosch, among many others. Possessing an encyclopedic chamber music and vocal repertoire he has, over the years, regularly collaborated with many of the world's foremost string quartets, instrumental soloists, and singers. With acclaimed violinist Sarah Chang he completed a highly successful tour of Japan as well as appearing at a special benefit concert for Live Music Now in London, hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales.
Eager to pursue dual careers in teaching and performing he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in his early twenties, followed by professorships at the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan, where he was chairman of the piano department. In September 2000, Anton Nel was appointed as the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Piano and Chamber music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches an international class of students and now heads the Division of Keyboard Studies. Since his return he has also been the recipient of two Austin-American Statesman Critics Circle Awards, as well as the University Cooperative Society/College of Fine Arts award for extra-curricular achievement. In 2001 he was appointed Visiting "Extraordinary" Professor at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and continues to teach master classes worldwide. In January 2010 he became the first holder of the new Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Piano at the University of Texas at Austin. For the past two years he has been presenting a series of masterclasses in piano and chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York as Visiting Professor, and also teaches regularly at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.
His recordings include four solo CDs, several chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven Piano and Cello Sonatas and Variations, and the Brahms Sonatas with Bion Tsang) , and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Faure, and Saint-Saens. His latest release features premiere recordings of all the works for piano and orchestra of Edward Burlingame Hill with the Austin Symphony conducted by Peter Bay.
Anton Nel became a citizen of the United States of America on September 11, 2003.
He is a Steinway artist.
JENNY CHEN, piano
CHELSEA WANG, piano
Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist”, Chelsea Wang has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues across North America, Asia, and Europe, including Kennedy Center in Washington DC, New York’s Merkin Hall, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Orford Music Festival in Orford, Quebec, Salmagundi Club, Ossining Library, Temple E-manuel, among others. She is a prizewinner of many national and international piano competitions: the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, 2012 Music Teachers National Association Yamaha Senior Competition, 2010 Eastman International Piano Competition, the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. She was also a recipient of the 2012 Schubert Club Scholarship.
Ms. Wang made her orchestral debut (when she was still unable to reach the pedals of the piano) at the age of six, playing Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto. She has performed with many orchestras since then, including Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Orleans Civic Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2011, Ms. Wang was chosen to perform in an all-Beethoven concerti concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto under the baton of maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Her festival appearances include the Pianotexas Academy and Festival (formerly known as the Cliburn Institute), Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, where she won the ‘Prix de Piano’ festival prize, Music from Angel Fire, the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, Banff Piano Masterclass, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Wang has had the honor to work with many influential musicians and chamber groups, including Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Robert McDonald, Seymour Lipkin, Arie Vardi, Aldo Cicollini, John Perry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Andre Watts, Dénes Várjon, Jonathan Biss, Leonidas Kavakos, Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom, eighth blackbird, Emerson Quartet, members of the former Tokyo String Quartet, and more.
As a passionate chamber musician, Ms. Wang frequently performs with violinist and friend Stephen Waarts. Together, they have performed across the United States and Canada, and have shared the honor of meeting and playing for the Belgian, Spanish and Dutch Ambassadors to the United States, his excellencies Johan Verbeke, Ramón Gil-Casares, and Rudolf Bekink, respectively.
Ms. Wang has been featured on many radio shows, including NPR’s “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O’Riley, “What Makes It Great” with host Rob Kapilow, along with other programs on Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New York’s WQXR, and Philadelphia’s WHYY Public Radios. Future recital engagements in 2016 include performances at the Morgan Library in New York, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Music at Evergreen Museum and Library, and summer Curtis on Tour performances in Spain and Germany.
A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Ms. Wang started learning piano at the age of four and violin at age seven. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, studying with Ignat Solzhenitsyn. At Curtis, she holds a full-tuition scholarship as a recipient of the William A. Horn M.D. Fellowship. Previous instructors include Meng-Chieh Liu, Ksenia Nosikova, Chiu-Ling Lin, and Damarez Alvarez.
Photo: Pete Checchia
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