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February 6, 2017
92Y March Concerts

Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists Dinara Klinton
Gives 92Y Debut

With the 2016/17 season marking its third installment, Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists reflects both 92Y’s and Sir András’s dedication to championing the next generation of international performers by inviting promising young pianists, who have already garnered critical acclaim overseas, to make their 92Y debuts in programs of their choosing. This season, Sir András has selected three pianists to perform in this intimate series in 92Y’s Buttenwieser Hall.

Presenting a virtuosic program of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt, Dinara Klinton makes her 92nd Street Y debut on March 1.  The Ukrainian-born, London-based pianist recently earned her Artist Diploma in Performance at the Royal College of Music.  Her discography includes a recording of Chopin and Liszt, released when she was just 16 years old, followed by another Liszt recording on the Genuin Record label released last year.  The latter recording was BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Choice of the Month in June 2016.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:30 PM
92Y - Buttenwieser Hall

Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists
Dinara Klinton, piano 
(92Y debut)

SCARLATTI: Sonata in B minor, K. 87
SCARLATTI: Sonata in D major, K. 96
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F-sharp major, Op. 78, "À Thérèse"
TCHAIKOVSKY: Nocturne, Op. 10, No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY: Valse sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6
LISZT: Selections from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139

Tickets: $25 (general admission)
Artist Website:
 Dinara Klinton


Art of the Guitar & D’Addario Present: Thibault Garcia, guitar &
the European Guitar Quartet

This special event spotlights the winner of the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artists Competition – and five previous international competitions – Thibaut Garcia, in his New York debut. The young French/Spanish guitarist receives invitations to perform from around the globe; this performance is part of a season-long, 60+ date tour and his first in North America.  He recently released his second album, Leyendas, of Spanish and Argentinian music, on the Erato label.

Garcia shares the bill with the European Guitar Quartet, also making its New York debut. The Quartet comprises of leading guitarists from the classical and modern acoustic guitar scenes: Zoran Dukic, Pavel Steidl, Thomas Fellow, and Reentko Dirks; it made its debut in Dresden in 2012, an event that was subsequently called “…the birth of a sparkling new star in the concert sky” in the German press.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 8:30 PM
92Y - Buttenwieser Hall

Art of the Guitar & D’Addario
Thibaut Garcia, guitar
 (New York debut)

BACH: Selections from Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
MANJON: Aire Vasco
DONALD CROCKETT: Fanfare Studies (Commissioned by the Augustine Foundation for the 2015 GFA Competition)
PIAZZOLLA: Los Quatros estaciones porteñas (“The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”)

European Guitar Quartet    
     Zoran Dukic      
     Pavel Steidl      
    Thomas Fellow      

PIAZZOLLA: Verano Porteño
BOGDANOVIC: Introduction & Dance
FELLOW: Agrippina
PIAZZOLLA: Concierto para Quinteto 
REENTKO: Danza non Danza

Tickets: $25 (general admission)
Artist Websites:
 Thibaut GarciaEuropean Guitar Quartet


Soundspace: Mahan Esfahani, Trailblazer of Harpsichord,
Makes 92Y Debut

Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani regularly performs across the globe, challenging audiences’ perceptions about the capabilities of the harpsichord and its relevance to classical and contemporary music today.  Known for his great diversity of repertoire, Mr. Esfahani brings a program which incorporates music of the English Renaissance as well as Steve Reich and Henry Cowell to his 92nd Street Y debut performance.  Mr. Esfahani’s revolutionary philosophies about the harpsichord prompted him to become the first harpsichordist in history named a BBC New Generation Artist, and to receive a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award; in 2015, he was named Newcomer of the Year by BBC Music Magazine, and he is described by The Times as, “a superstar whose musicianship, imagination, cultural breadth and charisma far transcends the ivory tower in which the harpsichord has traditionally been placed.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 8:30 PM
92Y - Buttenwieser Hall

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
 (92Y debut)

Set of Four
Three Aquarelles 
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911  
Piano Phase 

Artist Website: Mahan Esfahani


Art of the Guitar: Celebrated Spanish Guitarist 
Pablo Sáinz Villegas in 92Y Debut

Named by Billboard Magazine as “the global ambassador of Spanish guitar,” Spanish-born guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas gives his 92Y debut performance with a program featuring many of the selections from his most recent album, Americano.  Since winning the Andrés Segovia Award at the age of 15, Mr. Villegas has performed on many of the great stages of the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; and, he has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras in more than 30 countries.  Deeply committed to outreach and education programs, Mr. Villegas has created projects over the past decade reaching over 15,000 children by volunteering his time and establishing music initiatives in schools and communities around the globe.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall

Art of the Guitar
Pablo Sáinz Villegas, guitar 
(92Y debut)

AMERICANO: The Guitar of the New World
: Five Préludes
BONFÁPasseio no Rio (Samba) 
GUTIÉRREZAlma Llanera (Joropo) 
ROLAND DYENSTango en Skäi 
BARRIOS MANGORÉUn Sueño en la floresta 
BERNSTEIN: Selections from West Side Story 
LAUROSeis por Derecho (Joropo)

Tickets: from $40, 45, 55
Artist Website:
 Pablo Sáinz Villegas


Masters of the Keyboard: Rafał Blechacz Presents
Bach, Beethoven, Chopin at 92Y Debut

Rafał Blechacz, one of classical music’s outstanding young pianists of today, marks his 92Y debut with a program featuring Bach, Beethoven, and his fellow Pole, Chopin.  With an impressive discography that includes five albums on Deutsche Grammophon including three Chopin recordings, Mr. Blechacz brings his musical sensitivity and “tonal color and lyricism” (Northwest Reverb) to 92nd Street Y.  Mr. Blechacz is the current winner of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, and previously won first prize at the Chopin International Competition.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall

Rafał Blechacz, piano (92Y debut)

BACH: Four Duets, BWV 802-805
BEETHOVEN: Rondo in G major, Op. 51, No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in C major, Op. 2, No. 3  
CHOPIN: Nocturne in F-sharp minor,  Op. 48, No. 2  
CHOPIN: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor,  Op. 35, “Funeral March”
CHOPIN: Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49

Tickets: $40, 50, 55
Artist Website:
 Rafał Blechacz


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