Berkshire Symphony

Berkshire Symphony
"Vienna, City of Dreams"

The Berkshire Symphony will give a concert on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. The concert will be preceded by a pre-concert talk with Ronald Feldman in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in Bernhard Music Center. These free events are open to the public. Guest pianist Adam Neiman will also give a master class for Williams College students on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 4:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.

As the center of European music and culture for centuries, Vienna has given birth to many of history’s most revered composers. The Berkshire musicians pay tribute to four of the most famous: Schubert (Rosamunde Overture), Anton Webern (Fünf Sätze), Erich Wolfgang Korngold (Theme and Variations) and Johannes Brahms (the great B flat Piano Concerto) with guest pianist Adam Neiman.

American pianist Adam Neiman is hailed as one of the premiere pianists of his generation, praised for possessing a truly rare blend of power, bravura, imagination, sensitivity, and technical precision. With a burgeoning international career and an encyclopedic repertoire that spans over fifty concertos, Neiman has performed as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Belgrade, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Umbria, and Utah, as well as with the New York Chamber Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. He has collaborated with such conductors as Jiri Belohlavek, Giancarlo Guerrero, Carlos Kalmer, Uros Lajovic, Yoel Levi, Andrew Litton, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, and Emmanuel Villaume.

An acclaimed recitalist, Neiman has toured throughout North America, playing in the major halls of La Jolla, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, Vancouver, Washington D.C., and at Caramoor and Ravinia. His European recital tours have brought him throughout Italy, France, Germany, and Japan, where he made an eight-city tour culminating in his debut at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

The Berkshire Symphony is conducted by Ronald Feldman and includes nearly 70 members, half of whom are students and half of whom are professional musicians. The ensemble presents four major concerts each season. In addition to performing the great standards of orchestral repertoire a recurring theme each year is the performance of contemporary works. Championing the works of living American composers has been an integral part of the mission of the Berkshire Symphony.

Piano soloist Adam Neiman joins us for this concert.

American pianist Adam Neiman is hailed as one of the premiere pianists of his generation, praised for possessing a truly rare blend of power, bravura, imagination, sensitivity, and technical precision. With a burgeoning international career and an encyclopedic repertoire that spans over fifty concertos, Neiman has performed as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Belgrade, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Umbria, and Utah, as well as with the New York Chamber Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. He has collaborated with such conductors as Jiri Belohlavek, Giancarlo Guerrero, Carlos Kalmer, Uros Lajovic, Yoel Levi, Andrew Litton, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, and Emmanuel Villaume.

An acclaimed recitalist, Neiman has toured throughout North America, playing in the major halls of La Jolla, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, Vancouver, Washington D.C., and at Caramoor and Ravinia. His European recital tours have brought him throughout Italy, France, Germany, and Japan, where he made an eight-city tour culminating in his debut at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

Neiman’s very busy season focuses intensely on solo recital appearances, the highlights of which include a recital at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre, as well as recitals in Los Angeles, Manchester, New York, Phoenix, Port Washington, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Seattle, and St. Petersburg. His tours also extend to Greece and Italy, where he performs recitals in Santorini, Bari, Monfalcone, Pisa, Rome, Sacile, and Spoleto. A major exponent of contemporary music, Neiman will perform works by Lera Auerbach and George Tsontakis, and he is to receive a concerto dedication by the renowned composer Benjamin Yusupov.

Concerto appearances this season include performances with the Berkshire Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, the Taormina Festival Orchestra, and the Wichita Symphony, and he will make noteworthy chamber festival appearances in Los Angeles, Manchester, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Skaneateles, and Tokyo.

Neiman continues to expand his widely varied discography with his latest commercial release: a 2-CD set of Mozart’s early keyboard concertos K. 238, 246, and 271 with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, distributed internationally by VAI Audio. Other recordings for VAI include his award-winning 2-CD solo recital set titled, Adam Neiman Live in Recital, proclaimed by the American Record Guide as it’s “Critic’s Choice” for 2007, as well as a DVD titled, Adam Neiman: Chopin Recital.

Neiman has signed a contract with Naxos for an upcoming recording of solo piano music by Anton Arensky, which is due to be released during the winter of 2008. Naxos has also recently released his world premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio, live from the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

Radio and television broadcasts featuring Neiman regularly span international airwaves, and his live performance of the Brahms Rhapsodies, Op. 79 at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival on NPR’s “Performance Today” was nominated for a Grammy Award. Chosen as a featured artist by the Academy Award nominated director Josh Aronson, Adam Neiman appeared in the PBS documentary film “Playing for Real”, which aired worldwide.

Born in 1978, Neiman has captured the attention of audiences and critics alike since his concerto debut at 11 in Los Angeles’ Royce Hall. Clavier Magazine wrote: “Adam Neiman gave a performance that rivaled those of many artists on the concert stage today…his playing left listeners shaking their heads in disbelief.” At 14 he debuted in Germany at the Ivo Pogorelich Festival, and at 15 he won second prize at the Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy, the youngest winner in the competition’s history. In 1995 Neiman also became the youngest ever winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award. The following year he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and went on to make his Washington D.C. and New York recital debuts at the Kennedy Center and the 92nd Street Y. The Washington Post remarked, “A collection of Chopin’s Waltzes and Nocturnes danced and stormed, and Prokofieff’s Second Sonata enthralled with a dazzling display of inner voices rather than a mere display of muscle. This was playing of wisdom and light befitting an artist in the autumn of his career.” Young Concert Artists additionally bestowed upon Neiman the Michaels Award and presented him in a critically acclaimed solo recital at Alice Tully Hall. Two-time winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Neiman was honored with the Rubinstein Award upon his graduation in 1999, the same year in which he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Neiman’s principal teachers have Trula Whelan, Hans Boepple, and Herbert Stessin, and he has participated in master classes with legendary pianists Gyorgy Sandor and Jacob Lateiner.

An avid chamber musician, Neiman became a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II in 2004. He frequently participates in the major chamber music festivals of Belgrade, Caramoor, Croatia, Korea, Macedonia, Manchester, Montenegro, Moritzburg, Seattle, Tokyo, Vail, Vancouver, as well as New York’s Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players series. He has also performed on the FleetBoston Celebrity Series and the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series, and he is a frequent guest with the New York-based string ensemble Concertante. Neiman is also a founding member of the Corinthian Trio with Stefan Milenkovich and Ani Aznavoorian.

In addition to his career as a concert pianist, Adam Neiman devotes time to composition. He has written works for solo piano, voice, chamber ensemble, and symphony orchestra. He frequently performs his works in recital, and his newest chamber work, “Saga” for Flute, Violin, and Piano, will be premiered with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York.