Visiting ArtistsJonathan Biss, piano & Miriam Fried, violin
The Williams College Department of Music presents violinist Miriam Fried and pianist Jonathan Biss in concert on Wednesday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Master Classes take place on Tuesday, October 29 at 4:15p.m. Mr. Biss leads a class with Williams music students in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Ms. Fried presides over a master class with Williams violinists in Chapin Hall.
Ms. Fried and Mr. Fried begin the evening with the Violin Sonata by Leos Janacek, continuing with Robert Schumann’s poetic Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Minor, op. 121. Finishing off the program is Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, op. 23, and Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Mr. Biss will be performing this concert on the college’s Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano.
In recent years, Jonathan Biss and Miriam Fried have each devoted a portion of their schedules to performing together. Both are enthusiastic chamber musicians. Mr. Biss is widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations, winning international recognition for his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances and for his award-winning recordings. Ms. Fried has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Her supreme blend of artistry and musicianship continues to inspire audiences worldwide.
Jonathan Biss, piano, and Miriam Fried, violin, appear at Williams thanks to the sponsorship of the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment.
About Jonathan Biss
Jonathan Biss represents the third generation in a family of professional musicians. He began his piano studies at age six, and his first musical collaborations were with his mother and father, violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. He studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Leon Fleisher. In 2010, Mr. Biss was appointed to Curtis’s piano faculty. Mr. Biss has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center, is a frequent participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, and often collaborates with such chamber ensembles as the Borromeo Quartet and Mendelssohn Quartet, of which Ms. Fried is a member.
About Miriam Fried
Miriam Fried has been recognized for many years as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. She has played with every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony. Ms. Fried plays a particularly noteworthy violin, a 1718 Stradivarius that is said to have been the favorite of its 18th-century owner, the composer-conductor Louis Spohr. It was also owned by Regina Strinasacchi who, it is thought, used the instrument to play the Sonata in B-flat, K. 454 with Mozart. Ms. Fried is on the faculty of New England Conservatory and is invited to give master classes throughout the world.