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Brett Dean at CMS

(April 2013)

Several works by the composer headline multiple performances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Three works by Brett Dean, the acclaimed composer-conductor-violist and CMS Stoeger Prize winner, will be performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center April 15, 16, and 18 in concerts featuring the esteemed Orion String Quartet. The first performance on April 15 takes place at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey (part of CMS ON TOUR), with the April 16 and 18 performances taking place at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Kaplan Penthouse in New York, respectively.

The program for the April 15 and 16 concerts includes Dean’s 2010 work Epitaphs for two violins, two violas, and cello, as well as two quartets by Franz Schubert—Nos. 13 (D. 804) and 14 (D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”). Dean will join the Orion String Quartet (Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello) on viola for the performance of Epitaphs. The performance on April 18 is the culminating concert of CMS’s New Music in the Kaplan Penthouse series this season. Brett Dean will perform his 1996 work Intimate Decisions for viola, and his Voices of Angels for piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass performed by pianist Gloria Chien, the Orion String Quartet, and double bassist Kurt Muroki.

This June, Brett Dean will appear at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Michigan, collaborating with artists such as eighth blackbird, pianist Jeremy Denk, and violinist Ani Kavafian. Works to be performed include Demons, Old Kings in Exile, and Skizzen für Siegbert. The St. Louis Symphony performs Dean’s Testament and Viola Concerto (with the composer as soloist) in the 2013–14 season, as well.

Hailing from Australia, Brett Dean is one of the most internationally performed composers of his generation. He has been championed by conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Markus Stenz and Daniel Harding and has received commissions from the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Cologne Philharmonie, BBC Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras among others. In 2009, Dean won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for his violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing. The work was co-commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonie and Stockholm Philharmonic, and premiered by Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Dean in 2007.

Photo: Mark Coulson

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