Archduke Rudolph: Beethoven’s Pupil and Patron
ASPECT Foundation for Music & Arts Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:30pm Bohemian National Hall | 321 E 73rd St. | New York, NY
Performers: Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano Korbinian Altenberger, violin Na-Young Baek, cello Illustrated talk by Ignat Solzhenitsyn Beethoven Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.96 Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke” The ASPECT Foundation for Music & Arts continues its third New York City season of illuminating performances with Archduke Rudolf: Beethoven’s Pupil and Patron on Russian-American pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn is joined by violinist Korbinian Altenberger and cellist Na-Young Baek for a program of works Beethoven dedicated to his most significant patron and composition student, Archduke Rudolf of Austria: the Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.96 and Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke.”
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, will present the concert’s illustrated talk exploring the Archduke Rudolf of Austria’s life and unusual friendship with Beethoven. Beethoven dedicated fifteen of his most important works to Rudolph, more than any other individual, including the Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos and the Missa solemnis. Ignat Solzhenitsyn was born in Moscow in 1972, the middle son of the author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The last pupil of Artur Schnabel, he started piano studies in Marlboro, Vermont with Luis Batlle, in London with Maria Curzio, and later at the Curtis Institute with Gary Graffman, where he also majored in conducting under Otto-Werner Mueller.
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