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Pianists Berman, Frankl, Yang unite in Feb. 19 concert

Horowitz Piano Series presents three faculty pianists in Brahms piano duets and more
February 3, 2014

yang-frankl-bermanThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianists Boris BermanPeter Frankl, and Wei-Yi Yang on Wednesday, February 19. All three pianists are members of the School of Music faculty and internationally renowned performers.

The program opens with Schumann‘s Geistervariationen (Ghost Variations), performed by Wei-Yi Yang. The variations (on a theme that was Schumann’s own) was the composer’s last piano work.

The highlights of the program are the major piano duets of the Romantic composer Johannes Brahms, including the Variations on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 23, played by Frankl and Berman. Written for piano four-hands, the piece takes the theme from the Schumann work that opened the program.

The first half concludes with the Variations on a Theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b, performed by Frankl and Yang.

After intermission, Berman and Yang will close the program with Brahms’ monumental Sonata in F minor, Op. 34b, the two-piano version of the composer’s Piano Quintet in F minor.

This concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St. (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets start at $12, $6 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the link below or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.



About the Artists



Boris Berman, piano, is well known to the audiences of close to fifty countries on six continents and regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and in important festivals. A Grammy nominee, Mr. Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo works by Prokofiev (Chandos). Other acclaimed releases include a Shostakovich disc (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award, and a recording of Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Chandos), which was a CD Review Disc of the Month. In 1984, Mr. Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is a professor of piano, coordinator of the piano department, and artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series. In 2005 he was named an honorary professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Yale University Press has published Mr. Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench (2000), which has been translated into several languages, and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer (2008). FACULTY PROFILE

Peter Frankl, piano


Pianist Peter Frankl made his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1967. Since that time he has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Maazel, and Solti. His many chamber music partners have included Kyung Wha Chung, Ralph Kirshbaum, and the Tokyo, Takács, Guarneri, and Fine Arts quartets. Among his recordings are the complete works for piano by Schumann and Debussy, Bartók and Chopin solo albums, a Hungarian anthology, concertos and four-hand works by Mozart, the two Brahms piano concertos, the Brahms violin and clarinet sonatas, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets of Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, Martinu, and both Dohnányis. Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic, and on his seventieth birthday he was given one of the highest civilian awards in Hungary for his lifetime artistic achievement in the world of music. FACULTY PROFILE 

Wei-Yi Yang

Pianist Wei-Yi Yang has earned worldwide acclaim for his captivating performances and imaginative programming. Gold Medal winner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has also performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and across Europe, Australia, and Asia. A dynamic chamber musician with a diverse repertoire, Mr. Yang has collaborated with the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets, as well as Frederica von Stade, Clive Greensmith. and Richard Stoltzman, among numerous others. Wei-Yi Yang has curated inventive interdisciplinary projects, including a collaboration with actress Miriam Margolyes as part of the “Dickens’ Women” world tour; lecture-recitals on the confluence of Czech music and literature; and multimedia performances of Granados’s Goyescas with projections of Goya’s etchings. Mr. Yang has given premieres of new works by contemporary composers including Howard Boatwright, Jonathan Cole, Daniel Godfrey, and Ezra Laderman. He joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2005. FACULTY PROFILE