Naples Philharmonic Chamber Music
Artis—Naples Wang Chamber Music Series
Vladimir Feltsman, piano
Sunhae Im, soprano
Vladimir Feltsman, piano
A. Mahler, arr. Y. Segal — Die stille Stadt (The Silent City)
A. Mahler, arr. Y. Segal — Laue Sommernacht (Balmy Summer's Night)
Zemlinsky — String Quartet No. 1 in A Major
Mahler — Piano Quartet in A Minor
Schnittke — Piano Quartet in A Minor (After Mahler)
Mahler — Ich ging mit Lust (I Walked with Joy)
Mahler — Ablösung im Sommer (Change in Summer)
Mahler — Rheinlegendchen (Rhine Legend)
Mahler — Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? (Who thought up this little song?)
A. Mahler — Ich wandle unter Blumen (I Stroll Among Flowers)
A. Mahler — In meines Vaters Garten (In my Father's Garden)
The Naples Philharmonic Wang Chamber Series is generously endowed by David & Cecile Wang.
Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman is one of the most versatile and consistently interesting musicians of our time. His vast repertoire encompasses music from the baroque to 21st-century composers. He has appeared with all the major American orchestras and on the most prestigious musical stages and festivals worldwide.
In the 2015-16 season, Feltsman played recitals in several US cities, including Washington, D.C,. as well as several abroad. Highlights of his 2014-15 season included concerto appearances with the Russian State Symphony on tour in the US as well as concerts in Palm Beach, Duke University, Ravinia, the Aspen Music Festival and at Summerfest in La Jolla.
Feltsman expressed his lifelong devotion to the music of J.S. Bach in a cycle of concerts, which presented the major clavier works of the composer and spanned four consecutive seasons (1992-96) at the 92nd Street YMCA in New York. His more recent project, Masterpieces of the Russian Underground, unfolded a panorama of Russian contemporary music through an unprecedented survey of piano and chamber works by 14 different composers, from Shostakovich to the present day and was presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in January 2003 with great success. Feltsman served as artistic director for this project as well as performing in most of the pieces presented during the three concerts cycle. The programs included a number of world and North American premieres and were also presented in Portland, Oregon, and in Tucson, Arizona, at the University of Arizona. In fall 2006, Feltsman performed all of the Mozart Piano Sonatas in New York at the Mannes School of Music and NYU’s Tisch Center presented by New School on a specially built replica of the Walter fortepiano.
Born in Moscow in 1952, Feltsman debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at age 11. In 1969, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Music to study piano under the guidance of professor Jacob Flier. He also studied conducting at both the Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatories. In 1971, Feltsman won the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris; extensive touring throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and Japan followed.
In 1979, because of his growing discontent with the restrictions on artistic freedom under the Soviet regime, Feltsman signaled his intention to emigrate by applying for an exit visa. In response, he was immediately banned from performing in public and his recordings were suppressed. After eight years of virtual artistic exile, he was finally granted permission to leave the Soviet Union. Upon his arrival in the US in 1987, Feltsman was warmly greeted at the White House, where he performed his first recital in North America. That same year, his debut at Carnegie Hall established him as a major pianist on the American and international scene.
A dedicated educator of young musicians, Feltsman holds the distinguished chair of professor of piano at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and is a member of the piano faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. He is the founder and artistic director of the International Festival-Institute PianoSummer at New Paltz, a three-week-long, intensive training program for advanced piano students that attracts major young talents from all over the world.
Since her European stage debut in the year 2000, South Korean soprano Sunhae Im — who studied at the Seoul National University under the guidance of Lokyung Pak and at the University of Karlsruhe under Roland Hermann — has proven her artistic versatility in a multitude of international productions. She has been a guest at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra national de Paris (Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo under Thomas Hengelbrock), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites under Manfred Honeck), Korean National Opera (Adina in Donizetti’s l’elisir d’amore and Ilia under Myung-Whun Chung), Palace of Arts (Zerlina in don giovanni under Iván Fischer) and Theater an der Wien (la finta giardiniera and l’orfeo).
Im has been invited to renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Salzburg Festival and the Haydn International Festival and has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the orchestra de chamber de Paris and the Munich Philharmonic. She is a regular guest at the Beaune Festival and appeared at the Verbier Festival as well as at the Festwochen für Alte Musik.
She has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Giovanni Antonini, Iván Fischer, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Lothar Zagrosek, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, Marek Janowski, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Matthew Halls and René Jacobs.
She has also close ties to the ensembles of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin AKAMUS, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, B`Rock Orchestra Gent, and Ensemble Matheus.
Her repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Rameau, Charpentier, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler and Mendelssohn.
Recent successes included Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with the B’Rock Orchestra, Haydn’s Creation in Paris (new Philharmonic) and Lyon, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem in St. Gallen and more.
The season 2015-16 saw Im perform regularly in Bach’s St. John’s and St. Matthew’s Passion; she sang both oratorios at the MiTo Festival in Milan and Turin.
Her first solo CD, with works by Rameau, Clérambault, Pergolesi and Scarlatt,i was released for Harmonia Mundi in March 2015.
For more information, please visit www.sunhaeim.com.