Say and Shostakovich
Artis—Naples Wang Chamber Music Series
Naples Philharmonic Chamber Musicians
Fazil Say, piano
Fazil Say — Woodwind Quintet
Fazil Say — Piano Quintet
Shostakovich — Piano Trio No. 2
The Naples Philharmonic Wang Chamber Series is generously endowed by David & Cecile Wang.
This presentation is part of Artis—Naples’ 2017-18 season theme, Evolution|Revolution.
With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazıl Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than 25 years.
Say fine-tuned his skills as a classical pianist with David Levine, first at the Musikhochschule Robert Schumann in Düsseldorf and later in Berlin. This formed the aesthetic basis for his Mozart and Schubert interpretations. His outstanding technique very quickly enabled him to master the warhorses of the repertoire with masterful ease. It is precisely this blend of refinement (in Bach, Haydn and Mozart) and virtuoso brilliance in the works of Liszt, Mussorgsky and Beethoven that gained him victory at the Young Concert Artists international competition in New York in 1994. Since then, he has played with all of the renowned American and European orchestras and numerous leading conductors, building up a multifaceted repertoire ranging from Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and the Romantics to contemporary music, including his own piano compositions.
Guest appearances have taken Say to countries on all five continents. French newspaper Le Figaro called him “a genius.” He also performs chamber music regularly. For many years, he was part of a fantastic duo with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Other notable collaborators include Maxim Vengerov, the Borusan Quartet of Istanbul and the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt.
From 2005-10, he was artist in residence at the Dortmund Konzerthaus. During the 2010-11, season he held the same position at the Berlin Konzerthaus. Say was also a focal point of the program of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in summer 2011. Say has also enjoyed residences and performing at festivals in Paris, Tokyo, Meran, Hamburg and Istanbul. During the 2012-13 season, he was the artist in residence at the Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt am Main and at the Rheingau Musik Festival 2013, where he was honored with the Rheingau Musik Preis. In April 2015, he gave a successful concert with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York, that was followed by a tour with concerts all over Europe. In 2014, he was the artist in residence at the Bodenseefestival, where he played 14 concerts. During their 2015-16 season, the Alte Oper Frankfurt invited him to be their artist in residence.
His recordings of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Stravinsky have been highly praised by critics and won several prizes, including three ECHO Klassik Awards. In 2014, his recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 2 and No. 32 was released as well as the CD Say Plays Say, featuring his compositions for piano.