Miriam Fried, violin; Jonathan Biss, piano (1 Albums, 1 Tracks)
American pianist Jonathan Biss has already proved himself an accomplished and exceptional musician with a flourishing international reputation through his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances in North America and Europe and through his EMI Classics recordings. Noted for his prodigious technique, intriguing programs, artistic maturity and versatility, Mr. Biss performs a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven, through the Romantics to Janáček and Schoenberg as well as works by contemporary composers, including commissions from Leon Kirchner and Lewis Spratlan.
Since 2001, when he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, Jonathan Biss has appeared with the foremost orchestras of the United States and Europe. He is a frequent performer at leading international music festivals and gives recitals in major music capitals both here and abroad.
In April 2006 EMI Classics signed Mr. Biss to a two-year exclusive contract. He has produced three recordings under this contract, featuring works of Schumann, Beethoven, and Mozart, that have received wide popular and critical acclaim. Biss has been a regular guest at the Gardner Museum, both as a solo recitalist and in a series of the violin and piano sonatas of Bartók and Brahms with his mother, violinist Miriam Fried. (via ISGM Music)
Miriam Fried has been recognized for many years as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. A consummate musician – equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician – she has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Ms. Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe; recital tours have taken her to all of the major music centers in North America and to Brussels, London, Milan, Munich, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, Stockholm and Zurich.
Ms. Fried is also an active teacher and a champion of new music. She recently premiered a violin concerto written for her by Donald Erb with the Grand Rapids Symphony and recorded the work for Koss. Since 1993 she has been Artistic Director of the Ravinia Institute, one of the country’s leading summer programs for young musicians. Her involvement there has included regular performances at the Ravinia Festival, including recitals and concerts with the Chicago Symphony. In Boston, she teaches at New England Conservatory.
Miriam Fried’s successful solo career was launched in 1968 after she was awarded First Prize in Genoa’s Paganini International Competition. Three years later she claimed top honors in the Queen Elizabeth International Competition, where she gained further world attention by becoming the first woman ever to win the prestigious award. Born in Romania, Fried emigrated to Israel with her family at age 2. Praise for Ms. Fried’s musicianship has come from throughout the world, but perhaps the highest compliment comes from her former teacher Mr. Gingold, who described Fried as “one of the great violinists of this age.” (via ISGM Music)
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