FESTTAGE solo recital: Michael Wendeberg plays Pierre Boulez' complete piano works
As part of the FESTTAGE festival of Berliner Staatsoper, the pianist and composer Michael Wendeberg will be performing the complete piano works by Pierre Boulez in a solo recital on 30 March. For the first time in Germany a pianist sets out to perform on one single evening the complete piano works by Boulez which are very challenging and multi-faceted in terms of playing technique and arrangement. »Mastering this can indeed be compared with climbing an eight-thousander,« says Michael Wendeberg, who has been preparing for this concert for one year now. Pierre Boulez himself had wished for his former student to tackle this task. From 2000 to 2005 Michael Wendeberg was a pianist in the Ensemble InterContemporain where he intensively worked with Pierre Boulez, as he did for Berliner Staatsoper, where he was Boulez' associate conductor and performed part of his work on the piano. The concert in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater is part of the major FESTTAGE homage to the composer Pierre Boulez who turns 90 today.
The works, which stand out by their enormous virtuosity and a wide variety of formal arrangements, concepts and sound qualities, are performed in the order in which they were written: First the Douze Notations pour Piano from 1945, one of the very first works by Boulez, then the three piano sonatas which were written and/or reworked between 1946 and 1957 and which are completely different in their concepts, and finally the virtuosic Incises composed in 2001. The program is completed by Une page d’éphéméride, Boulez’ last piano work written in 2005.
Michael Wendeberg was born in 1974 in Ebingen/Schwäbische Alb. As a pianist he won several prizes in national and international piano competitions. As a composer he worked with Staatskapelle Berlin, Musikfabrik Köln, Klangforum Wien and Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, to name just a few. At present Wendeberg is the musical director of the Ensemble Contrechamps (Geneva) and a regular guest conductor of the state opera of Yerevan.
Monday, 30 March 2015, 20:00
Staatsoper im Schiller Theater
Introduction to the concert 45 minutes before
On Saturday, 28 March from 12:00 to 14:00 Michael Wendeberg will be participating in the Pierre Boulez panel discussion in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater hosted by Daniel Barenboim and Jörg Widmann
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