New Concert series at the Brucknerhaus

Saleem Ashkar opens the new C. Bechstein concert series at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, performing works by Brahms, Schumann, Debussy and Chopin.

After months spent working with a number of colleagues to curate and prepare the new C. Bechstein concert series at the Brucknerhaus, the premiere is finally around the corner: Thursday, October 17, 2019.

The first concert in the series will be given by Israeli-Palestinian pianist Saleem Ashkar, performing first Johannes Brahms’s Two Rhapsodies and Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, and then, after an intermission, Claude Debussy’s Images and Frédéric Chopin’s Ballades No. 3 and No. 4.

On the eve of the concert, October 16 at 6:00 pm, the public is invited to attend a conversation with the artist at the C. Bechstein Center in Linz (admission is free).

The following artists are also to perform in the new C. Bechstein concert series: the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo (December 12, 2019), the Chinese virtuoso Haiou Zhang (February 27, 2020), the musical poet William Youn (April 30, 2020) and the winner of the First Prize in the first Bechstein Bruckner competition (June 10, 2020).

 

About the Brucknerhaus Linz

The Brucknerhaus in Linz is one of the finest concert halls in the world, known for its beautiful surroundings in Linz’s Donaupark, its timeless, noble design by Finnish architects Heikki and Kaija Siren, and in particular for its excellent acoustics. Having opened in 1974 with Herbert von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, it has since hosted many renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists from around the globe. Regular guests include not only international stars of classical music, but also famous Austrian musicians, and up-and-coming talents who give their first major performances here.

 

About Saleem Ashkar

Since his debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 22, Saleem Ashkar has performed with the world’s leading ensembles, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the London Symphony Orchestra. Saleem plays regularly under the batons of such great conductors as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and Riccardo Muti. A committed recitalist and chamber musician, he has recently been concentrating on a complete Beethoven sonata cycle, while his extensive recital repertoire includes works by Debussy, Messiaen, Brahms and Schoenberg.

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