John Novacek
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John Novacek

Pianist JOHN NOVACEK regularly tours the Americas, Europe and Asia as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist; in the latter capacity he has presented over thirty concerti with dozens of orchestras.

John Novacek’s major American performances have been heard in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Symphony Space, Washington’s The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center and Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl and Royce Hall, while international venues include Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Musée du Louvre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, as well as most of the major concert halls of Japan. He is also a frequent guest artist at festivals, here and abroad, including New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival, California’s Festival Mozaic and those of Aspen, Cape Cod, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Colorado College, Mimir, Ravinia, Seattle, SummerFest La Jolla, Wolf Trap, BBC Proms (England), Braunschweig (Germany), Lucerne, Menuhin and Verbier (Switzerland), Majorca (Spain), Sorrento (Italy), Stavanger (Norway), Toulouse (France) and Sapporo (Japan). Mr. Novacek’s current season is highlighted by his debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México.

Often heard on radio broadcasts worldwide, John Novacek has appeared on NPR’s Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday and, as both featured guest composer/performer, on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He was also seen and heard on television, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Entertainment Tonight and CNN International.

John Novacek is a much sought-after collaborative artist and has performed with Joshua Bell, Matt Haimovitz, Leila Josefowicz, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mork, Elmar Oliveira and Emmanuel Pahud, and, as well as the Colorado, Harrington, Jupiter, New Hollywood, St. Lawrence, SuperNova and Ying string quartets. He also tours widely as a member of Intersection, a piano trio that includes violinist Kaura Frautschi and cellist Kristina Reiko Coooper. Mr. Novacek has also given numerous world premieres and worked closely with composers John Adams, John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, George Rochberg, John Williams and John Zorn.

John Novacek took top prizes at both the Leschetizky and Joanna Hodges international piano competitions, among many others. He studied piano with Polish virtuoso Jakob Gimpel at California State University, Northridge, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Music degree from New York City’s Mannes College of Music, where his instructors were Peter Serkin in piano and Felix Galimer in chamber music. Mr. Novacek’s coaches in composition included Frederick Werle, Aurelio de la Vega and Daniel Kessner.

John Novacek’s own compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Pacific Symphony, The 5 Browns, Concertante, Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo, Harrington String Quartet, Ying Quartet, Millennium, Quattro Mani and The Three Tenors. He has recorded over 30 CDs, encompassing solo and chamber music by most major composers from Bach to Bartók, as well as many contemporary and original scores. Mr. Novacek records for Philips, Nonesuch, Arabesque, Warner Classics, Sony/BMG, Koch International, Universal Classics, Ambassador, Pony Canyon, Four Winds, Arkay, Virtuoso and EMI Classics. CD titles include Road Movies (2004 GRAMMY nomination as “Best Chamber Music Performance”), Great Mozart Piano Works, Spanish Rhapsody, Novarags (original ragtime compositions), Classic Romance, Hungarian Sketches, Intersection, Romances et Meditations and, with Leila Josefowicz, Americana (GRAMOPHONE: “Editor’s Choice”), For the End of Time, Shostakovich and Recital (BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE: 5 stars/June 2005's chamber choice).

John Novacek is a Steinway Artist.

[CHAMBER ENSEMBLE REPERTOIRE FOLLOWS CONCERTO LIST]

BACH, J.S.

Concerto #1 in d, BWV 1052

BARBER

Concerto, Op. 38

BARTÓK

Concerto for 2 Pianos

BEETHOVEN

Concerto #1 in C, Op. 15
Concerto #3 in c, Op. 37
Concerto #4 in G, Op. 58
Concerto #5 in E-flat, Op. 73 ("Emperor")
Fantasia in c, Op. 80 ("Choral Fantasy")

BERG

Chamber Concerto for Piano, Violin & 13 Wind Instruments

BRAHMS

Concerto #1 in d, Op. 15
Concerto #2 in B-flat, Op. 83

CHOPIN

Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
Concerto #2 in f, Op. 21

DAUGHERTY, M.

Le Tombeau de Librace

FALLA

Nights in the Gardens of Spain

GERSHWIN

Concerto in F
Rhapsody in Blue
Second Rhapsody
Variations on I Got Rhythm

GOULD

Interplay (1943)

GRIEG

Concerto in a, Op. 16

HARRISON, L.

Suite for Violin, Piano & Small Orchestra

LISZT

Concerto #1 in E-flat
Totentanz

LISZT-BUSONI

Rhapsodie espagnole

MENDELSSOHN

Concerto #1 in g, Op. 25
Concerto in d for Violin & Piano

MOZART

Concerto #12 in A, K. 414
Concerto #13 in C, K. 415
Concerto #15 in B-flat, K. 450
Concerto #17 in G, K. 453
Concerto #20 in d, K. 466
Concerto #21 in C, K. 467
Concerto #23 in A, K. 488
Concerto #24 in c, K. 491

PROKOFIEV

Concerto #3 in C, Op. 26

RACHMANINOFF

Concerto #1 in f#, Op. 1 (rev. 1917)
Concerto #2 in c, Op. 18
Concerto #3 in d, Op. 30
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

RAVEL

Concerto in G

SAINT-SAËNS

Carnival of the Animals

SCHUMANN

Concerto in a, Op. 54

SHOSTAKOVICH

Concerto #1 in c, Op. 35

TCHAIKOVSKY

Concerto #1 in b-flat, Op. 23

 

BARTÓK Contrasts (clarinet, violin, piano)
Sonata for 2 Pianos & Percussion
BEACH, A.M.C. Piano Trio in a, Op. 150
Piano Quintet in f#, Op. 67
BEETHOVEN  Piano Trio #1 in E-flat, Op. 1, #1
Piano Trio #3 in c, Op. 1, #3
Piano Trio #4 in D, Op. 70, #1 (“Ghost”)
Piano Trio #5 in E-flat, Op. 70, #2
Piano Trio #6 in B-flat, Op. 97 (“Archduke”)
Piano Trio #7 in B-flat, Op. 11
Piano Trio #9 in G, Op. 121a (“Kakadu”)
Piano Trio #10 in B-flat, WoO 39
Quintet in E-Flat for Piano & Winds, Op. 16
BERMEL  Death with Interruptions (piano trio)
BERNSTEIN  Piano Trio
BRAHMS  Clarinet Trio in a, Op. 114
Horn Trio in E-flat, Op. 40
Piano Trio #1 in B, Op. 8
Piano Trio #2 in C, Op. 87
Piano Trio #3 in c, Op. 101
Piano Quartet #1 in g, Op. 25
Piano Quartet #2 in A, Op. 26
Piano Quartet #3 in c, Op. 60
Piano Quintet in f, Op. 34
2 Songs, Op. 91 (voice, viola, piano)
BRIDGE  Phantasie Piano Quartet in f-sharp
BRUCH   Piano Quintet in g
8 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola & Piano, Op. 83
CAPLET Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano
CHAUSSON Concert in D for Violin, Piano & String Quartet, Op. 21
Piano Trio in g, Op. 3
CONNESSON   Sextet (1998)
COPLAND   Sextet for Clarinet, Piano & String Quartet
Vitebsk (piano trio)
CRUMB Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III)
DALBAVIE Piano Quartet (2012)
DALLAPICCOLA Musica per tre pianoforti
DOHNÁNYI  Piano Quintet #1 in c, Op. 1
Sextet in C, Op. 37
DOUGLAS   Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon & Piano
DRING  Trio for Flute, Oboe & Piano
DURUFLÉ   Prélude, récitatif et variations, Op. 3 (flute, viola, piano)
DVORÁK   Piano Trio #3 in f, Op. 65
Piano Trio #4 in e, Op. 90 (“Dumky”)
Piano Quartet in D, Op. 23
Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 87
Piano Quintet #2 in A, Op. 81
ELGAR Piano Quintet in a, Op. 84
FARRENC Piano Quintet #1 in a, Op. 30
FAURÉ Piano Quartet #1 in c, Op. 15
Piano Quintet #2 in c, Op. 115
FIBICH   Quintet in D, Op. 42 (piano, violin, cello, clarinet, horn)
FRIML   Piano Trio
GOUNOD   Hymne à Sainte Cécile (violin, piano, organ)
HAHN   Piano Quintet in f-sharp
HARRISON Varied Trio (violin, piano, percussion)
HAYDN   Piano Trio #28 in D, Hob. XV:16
Piano Trio #39 in G, Hob. XV:25 (“Gypsy”)
Piano Trio #43 in C, Hob. XV:27
Piano Trio #45 in E-flat, Hob. XV:29
HIGDON   Dash (flute, clarinet, piano)
Summer Shimmers for Piano & Wind Quintet
Zaka (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion)
JACOB   Trio (clarinet, viola, piano)
KAHN   Serenade, Op. 73 (oboe, horn, piano)
KHACHATURIAN   Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano
KORNGOLD   Piano Quintet in E, Op. 15
Suite for Piano Left-Hand & Strings, Op. 23
LAVIGNAC   Galop-marche (1 piano/8 hands)
LIEBERMANN   Fantasy on a Fugue by J.S. Bach, Op. 27 (piano/wind quintet)
MacMILLAN   Piano Quartet
MAHLER   Piano Quartet
MARTINU   Quartet for Oboe & Piano Trio
La Revue de Cuisine
(clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello, piano)
MENDELSSOHN   Piano Trio #1 in d, Op. 49
Piano Trio #2 in c, Op. 66
Piano Quartet #3 in b, Op. 3
MENOTTI   Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano
MESSIAEN   Quartet for the End of Time
MILHAUD    La création du monde (for piano quintet, Op. 81b)
Suite for Violin, Clarinet & Piano, Op. 157b
MOSZKOWSKI    Suite for 2 Violins & Piano, Op. 71
MOZART    Piano Trio #5 in C, K. 548
Piano Trio in C, K. 548
Piano Quartet #1 in g, K. 478
Piano Quartet #2 in E-flat, K. 493
Quintet in E-flat for Piano & Winds, K. 452
MUCZYNSKI   Fantasy Trio, Op. 26 (clarinet, cello, piano)
MUSGRAVE   Trio for Flute, Oboe & Piano
NOVACEK   Barcarolle (piano trio)
Foster Fantasy (piano trio)
Intoxication (piano trio)
Reflections on Shenandoah 5 pianos)
Variations on Danny Boy (piano quartet)
PIAZZOLLA   Las cuatro estaciones porteñas (piano trio)
POULENC   Trio for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano
Sextet for Piano & Woodwind Quintet
PREVIN   Trio for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano
QUANTZ   Trio Sonata in c, QV 2:Anh.5 (flute, oboe, continuo)
RACHMANINOFF   Trio élégiaque #1 in g
RAVEL   Chansons madécasses (soprano, flute, cello, piano)
Piano Trio in a
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV   Quintet in B-flat for Piano & Winds
SAINT-SAËNS   Romance, Op. 27 (violin, piano, harmonium)
SCHOENBERG/WEBERN   Chamber Symphony #1
SCHOENFIELD   Café Music (piano trio)
SCHUBERT   Adagio in E-Flat for Piano Trio, D. 897 (“Notturno”)
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965
Piano Trio #2 in E-flat, D. 929
Quintet in A for Piano & Strings, D. 667 (“Trout”)
Sonata in B-Flat for Piano Trio, D. 28
Schumann, Clara Piano Trio in g, Op. 17
Schumann, Robert Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132 (clarinet, viola, piano)
Piano Trio #2 in F, Op. 80
Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47
Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op. 44
SHOSTAKOVICH   Piano Trio #2 in e, Op. 67
Piano Quintet in g, Op. 57
3 Duets for 2 Violins & Piano
5 Pieces for 2 Violins & Piano
7 Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok, Op. 127 (soprano, piano trio)
SIBELIUS   Piano Quintet in g
SMETANA   Piano Trio in g, Op. 15
STRAVINSKY   L’Histoire du soldat
SVIRIDOV   Piano Trio in a, Op. 6
TANEYEV   Piano Quintet #2 in g, Op. 30
TCHAIKOVSKY   Piano Trio in a, Op. 50
TURINA   Piano Trio #2 in b, Op. 76
Scene andalouse (viola, piano, string quartet)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS   Piano Quintet in c
ZIMMERLI   Latin Suite (piano trio, optional percussion)
Piano Trio #1
Piano Trio #2
ZWILICH   Quintet for Violin, Viola Cello, Contrabass & Piano
Great Mozart Piano Work

"GREAT MOZART PIANO WORKS"

12 Variations on Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman, K. 265
Rondo in a, K. 511
Sonata #9 in D, K. 311
Fantasy in d, K. 397
Sonata #14 in c, K. 457

FOUR WINDS: FW 3013

Spanish Rhapsody

"SPANISH RHAPSODY"

Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole
Soler: Fandango
Ginastera: Danzas argentinas
Granados: Quejas o la maja y el ruiseñor
Ravel: Alborado del gracioso
Novacek: Improvisation on Estrellita (Ponce)
Albéniz: Asturias, Sevilla, Tango

AMBASSADOR: ARC 1014

Novarags

"NOVARAGS"

Rags by: John Novacek, Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson, Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, Luckey Roberts, James Scott
with Steven Novacek, guitarist

AMBASSADOR: ARC 1008

Relaxation

"RELAXATION"

Saint-Saëns/Siloti: The Swan
Mascagni/Novacek: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Mozart/Novacek: Eine kleine Nachtmusik (mvt. II)
Barber/Novacek: Adagio for Strings
Verdi/Novacek: Va! Pensiero from Nabucco
Puccini/Novacek: E lucevan le stelle from Tosca
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Brahms/Singer: Symphony #3 (mvt. III)
J.S. Bach/Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Pachelbel/Schultz/Iacovone: Canon
Novacek: Melancholy Drag

PONY CANYON: PCCL-00528

Classic Romance II

"CLASSIC ROMANCE II"

Debussy: Clair de lune
Granados: Spanish Dance #2
Chopin: Waltz in c-sharp, Op. 64, #2
Beethoven: Für Elise
Mendelssohn: Song Without Words, Op. 62, #1
Chopin: Nocturne in f-sharp, Op. 48, #2
Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat
Ravel: Jeux d’eau
Rameau: Gavotte and Six Doubles
Schubert/Liszt: Serenade
Verdi/Liszt: Rigoletto Paraphrase
Scriabin: Prelude for the Left Hand Alone, Op. 9, #1
Chopin: Ballade #1 in g, Op. 23

FOUR WINDS: FW 30006

Last Kiss

"LAST KISS"

Liszt: Liebestraum #3
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G, Op. 32, #5
Debussy: Prelude from Suite bergamasque
Beethoven: Adagio cantabile from Pathetique Sonata
Fauré: Barcarolle in a, Op. 26
Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66
Grieg: Arietta, Op. 12, #1
Debussy: Snow is Dancing
J.S. Bach: Sarabande and Double from English Suite #6 in d
Mendelssohn: Etude in b-flat, Op. 104, #1
Grieg: Melody, Op. 47, #3
Satie: Gymnopedie #1
Chopin: Etude in c, Op. 10, #12
Brahms: Intermezzo in E-flat, Op. 117, #1
Chopin: Waltz in a, Op. 34, #2

FOUR WINDS: FW 3016

Jennifer Higdon: Summer Shimmers

JENNIFER HIGDON: Summer Shimmers

with Susan Glaser, flutist
Todd Palmer, clarinetist
The Lark Quartet

KOCH: KIC-CD-7738

John Adams: Road Movies

JOHN ADAMS: Road Movies

Leila Josefowicz, violinist
John Novacek, pianist

NONESUCH: 79699-2

Patrick Zimmerli: Piano Trios

PATRICK ZIMMERLI: Piano Trios

Scott Yoo, violinist
Michael Mermagen, cellist
John Novacek, pianist

ARABESQUE RECORDINGS: Z6785

For the End of Time

"FOR THE END OF TIME"

Falla: Suite populaire espagnole
Messiaen: Quatour pour la fin du temps
Grieg: Sonata #3 in c, Op. 45
Bartók: Sonata #1
Leila Josefowicz, violinist
John Novacek, pianist

PHILIPS: 289 456 571-2

Americana

"AMERICANA"

Novacek: 4 Rags
Chaplin/Ogermann: Smile
Vieuxtemps: Souvenier d’Amérique, on Yankee Doodle
Joplin/Perlman: The Ragtime Dance
Ponce/Heifetz: Estrellita
Gershwin/Dushkin: Short Story
Gershwin/Heifetz: 3 Preludes
Joplin/Perlman: The Easy Winners
arr. Heifetz: Deep River
Foster/Heifetz: Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Foster/Heifetz: Old Folks at Home
Gershwin/Heifetz: Porgy and Bess Suite
Leila Josefowicz, violinist
John Novacek, pianist

PHILIPS: 289 462 948-2

Messiaen: Theme and Variations

Messiaen: Theme and Variations
Ravel: Sonata in G
Grey: San Andreas Suite (for solo violin)
Salonen: Lachen Verlernt (for solo violin)
Beethoven: Sonata #10 in G, Op. 96
Brahms: Scherzo in c
Leila Josefowicz, violinist
John Novacek, pianist

WARNER CLASSICS: 2564 61948-2

Dimitri Shostakovich

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

Violin Concerto #1 in a, Op. 99
Leila Josefowicz, violinist
Sakari Oramo/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Violin Sonata, Op. 134
Leila Josefowicz, violinist
John Novacek, pianist

WARNER CLASSICS: 2564 62997-2

Browns in Blue

BROWNS IN BLUE

includes:
Novacek: Reflections on Shenandoah
The 5 Browns

RCA RED SEAL: 88697-11322-2

No Boundaries

NO BOUNDARIES

includes:
Novacek: Full Stride Ahead (Rag)
The 5 Browns

RCA RED SEAL: 82876-78719-2

George Antheil: Sonatas for Viloin & Piano

GEORGE ANTHEIL: Sonatas for Violin & Piano

Mark Fewer, violinist
John Novacek, pianist

AZICA: ACD-71263

John Novacek made his debut as soloist in the Brahms Second and took 1785 concertgoers on a wild, exciting ride. Notorious for its difficulty, both for pianist and orchestra, the concerto posed no problems for Novacek. By turns pummeling and caressing the keyboard, he entered into the lengthy discussion between piano and orchestra with ferocious good humor and infectious excitement. Novacek earned the lengthy standing ovation that rewarded his performance - he had grappled with a worthy opponent and proved himself its master. He had entered fully into Brahms’s experience of life itself and acted as a lens for its expression, ably aided and abetted by [Kevin] Rhodes and his SSO colleagues.

THE REPUBLICAN  (Springfield, MA)

John Novacek juxtaposes some very serious Mozart with his lighter side. He approaches all of this music with consummate control and grace and a tonal luminosity that serves the composer well. A fine recital, enhanced by excellent sonics.

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

Novacek’s contributions cannot be exaggerated. His partnering [with violinist Leila Josefowicz] is at once brilliant and unobtrusive; without slighting any musical values, he underplays handsomely while accomplishing technical feats many pianists can’t even consider: varieties of touch, a huge dynamic range, nuances of statement and the bold use of all his pianistic resources within the parameters imposed by the genre.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

In terms of repertoire, performance and production values, this is a fine release. Novacek possesses a virile, steely technique that matches this material splendidly. Novacek’s style is athletic, but he is certainly capable of poetic playing when it is called for. In short, here is a splendid recital from a pianist well worth keeping an ear open for in the future.

FANFARE

John Novacek performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3. Novacek’s marvelous touch was evident from the start, his flawless legato singing through the piano’s opening theme. A superb technique is required for this most difficult of the Rachmaninov concerti and Novacek displayed his fully along with his unfailing musicality, moving with ease through the concerto’s difficult passage work as well as its simpler themes.

SAN BERNARDINO SUN

[Elliott Carter’s] Sonata was written just before he began writing five decades of the most conceptually and technically challenging repertoire that any major composer has ever put before the public. Expertly performed by pianist John Novacek, the Sonata is a glorious work, though by no means easy listening. It would make a good entry point into Carter’s musical universe.

THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

More than half the 23 rags on ‘Novarags’ are John Novacek’s original compositions or arrangements; at his best, he rivals some of William Bolcom’s superb contributions to this literature. Both the performances and the audio quality are excellent. There’s quite an emotional spectrum here, too, from the wildly irrepressible to the thoughtful and nostalgic, and that toe-tapping impulse you’ll always fine in good ragtime.

THE SEATTLE TIMES

There is hardly a more athletic concerto than the [Prokofiev] Third and that’s saying something. Novacek laid into the keys with a touch of radioactivity, and drove the Scotia Festival Orchestra with furious intensity, playing the syncopated chords in the second movement like a jazz pianist, triggering them off just that split second early that threatens to crack the firmament - and twisting them with gut-wrenching body language to boot.

THE CHRONICLE HERALD (Halifax)

The performance on this CD by violinist Mark Fewer and pianist John Novacek is first rate. Both artists convey the versatility, intensity and dynamism inherent in Antheil’s eclectic style. Fewer and Novacek switch effortlessly from the primal pounding rhythms inspired by Stravinsky, which obviously require much stamina, to the pastiche of ragtime, vaudeville, tango, tin pan alley, fox trot and jazz. With incisive and well-muscled playing, they captivate the difficult effects required in Antheil’s compositions. The range of both instruments are pushed to the limit—hand clusters and glissandi on the piano, and unconventional sound effects, including arpeggiated chords played percussively behind the bridge and non-pitched scratches from the violin. For sheer virtuosity and panache, this recording is a towering achievement.

CHAMBER MUSIC TODAY

Saturday’s concert offered another world premiere, John Novacek’s cello sonata called Sounding Piece. Novacek’s last movement is unusually quiet, as though [the composer] mistrusted the easy thrill of ending with a bang. Novacek’s 35-minute piece with a hectic, assertive cluster of jazzy elements was played with brio by the composer and cellist Michelle Djokic. The stinging dissonances were refreshing, and the hymn-like final movement left in its wake a shared silence as beautiful as any music.

THE TRIBUNE (San Luis Obispo, CA)

A triumphant opening for Mimir Chamber Music Festival
The Mimir Chamber Music Festival pretty reliably warrants a place in The News’ list of the year’s top 10 classical concerts. Thursday night’s all-Beethoven program has to be a shoo-in for 2012. Novacek didn’t let a note go by on auto-pilot. The piano darted in and out of the ensemble, rose in passion and receded in deference, all to apt effect. There was plenty of playfulness, yet authority where called for.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

A compelling duo runs the gamut from Schumann to Adams [headline]
The duo carried off this London recital with huge panache and professional energy. Theirs has become a seasoned and secure musical partnership; their ways of working together are now completely attuned. [Leila Josefowicz] has the freedom to be impulsive, explosive, coquettish, to go anywhere. [John Novacek] can support, change the backdrop, challenge and provoke her. It was a compelling performance from first note to last.

THE ARTS DESK (London, UK)

8/29/2018 (7:30pm)

MIMIR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL (Australia)

Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music)

Brahms: 2 Songs for Alto, Viola & Piano
with Victoria Lambourn, mezzo-soprano
Joan DerHovsepian, violist
Beach: Piano Quintet
with Stephen Rose, violinist
Jun Iwasaki, violinist
Joan DerHovsepian, violist
Brant Taylor, cellist

8/31/2018 (7:30pm)

MIMIR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL (Australia)

Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music)

Rachmaninoff: Suite #2 for 2 Pianos
with Caroline Almonte, pianist

8/31/2018 (7:30pm)

MIMIR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL (Australia)

Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music)

Rachmaninoff: Suite #2 for 2 Pianos
with Caroline Almonte, pianist

9/2/2018 (3pm)

MIMIR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL (Australia)

Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music)

Brahms: Piano Quintet
with Stephen Rose, violinist
Jun Iwasaki, violinist
Joan DerHovsepian, violist
Brant Taylor, cellist

9/29/2018 (5:30pm)

PARK CITY BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL (UT)

Private Event

Chopin: Ballade #1
Brahms: Sonatensatz
Kreisler: Liebesleid
Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin
Bruch: 4 Pieces
Menotti: Trio for Violin, Clarinet & Piano
with Russell Harlow, clarinetist
Simón Gollo, violinist
Leslie Harlow, violist

9/30/2018 (5:30pm)

PARK CITY BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL (UT)

Park City Community Church

Bruch: 4 Pieces
Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata
Chausson: Concert in D for Violin, Piano & String Quartet
with Simón Gollo, violinist
Melissa Draper, violinist
Gabriel Gordon, violinist
Leslie Harlow, violist
Lauren Posey, cellist

10/6/2018 (7:30pm)

CONCORD COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION (NH)

Concord City Auditorium

Bizet: Carmen Suite
Fauré: Sicilienne
Copland: Rodeo (Hoe-down)
Chopin: Impromptu #1 (piano solo)
Ravel: Piano Trio
Piazzolla: Tango Suite
Myers: Cavatina
Novacek: Intoxication
Bernstein: West Side Story Suite
with Intersection
Laura Frautschi, violinist
Kristina Reiko Cooper, cellist

11/2/2018 (6:30pm)

STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC (ON, Canada)

Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Festival Theatre

“Over the Top Gala”
Ginastera: Danza de la moza donosa (piano solo)
Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody (piano solo)
Novacek: 2 Rags
Ellington: C Jam Blues (improvisation)
with Mark Fewer, violinist

11/7/2018 (3:30pm)

THE CHARLES E. HAMLEN MEMORIAL CONCERT

The New York Society for Ethical Culture (NY)

Chaplin-Ogerman: Theme from Modern Times
with Leila Josefowicz, violinist

11/11/2018 (3pm)

ITHACA COLLEGE (NY)

Ford Hall

Sibelius/Hermann: Valse triste
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1
Knussen: Reflection
Mahler/Wittenbecher: Adagietto (from Symphony #5)
Zimmermann: Violin Sonata
with Leila Josefowicz, violinist

11/13/2018 (7:30pm)

EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC (Rochester, NY)

Kilbourn Hall

Sibelius/Hermann: Valse triste
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1
Knussen: Reflection
Mahler/Wittenbecher: Adagietto (from Symphony #5)
Zimmermann: Violin Sonata
with Leila Josefowicz, violinist

11/14/2018 (7:30pm)

PERIMETER INSTITUTE FOR THEORETICAL PHYSICS (Waterloo, ON, Canada)

Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas

Sibelius/Hermann: Valse triste
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1
Knussen: Reflection
Mahler/Wittenbecher: Adagietto (from Symphony #5)
Zimmermann: Violin Sonata
with Leila Josefowicz, violinist

11/26/2018 (7:30pm)

CORNELL COLLEGE (Mount Vernon, IA)

William Fletcher King Memorial Chapel

Bizet: Carmen Suite
Fauré: Sicilienne
Copland: Rodeo (Hoe-down)
Chopin: Impromptu #1 (piano solo)
Ravel: Piano Trio
Piazzolla: Tango Suite
Myers: Cavatina
Novacek: Intoxication
Bernstein: West Side Story Suit
with Intersection
Laura Frautschi, violinist
Kristina Reiko Cooper, cellist

12/1/2018 (7:30pm)

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS (Houston, TX)

Cullen Hall

Chausson: Concert in D for Violin, Piano & String Quartet
with Simón Gollo, violinist
Axiom Quartet

12/17/2018 (pm)

OLIVER KNUSSEN MEMORIAL CONCERT

Royal Academy of Music (London, UK)

Knussen: Reflection
with Leila Josefowicz, violinist

1/12/2019 (pm)

AUDITORIO MANUAL DE FALLA (Granada, Spain)

Chausson: Concert in D for Violin, Piano & String Quartet
with Simón Gollo, violinist
Benjamin Sung, violinist
Ingrid Gerling, violinist
Randolf Kelly, violist
Maki Kubota, cellist
Chausson: Chanson perpétuelle
with , soprano
Benjamin Sung, violinist
Ingrid Gerling, violinist
Randolf Kelly, violist
Maki Kubota, cellist

1/22/2019 (1pm)

BBC RADIO 3

Wigmore Hall (London, UK)

Sibelius/Hermann: Valse triste
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1
Knussen: Reflection
Mahler/Wittenbecher: Adagietto (from Symphony #5)
Zimmermann: Violin Sonata
with Leila Josefowicz, violinist

1/23/2019 (7:30pm)

LICEO DE CÁMARA XXI (CNDM)

Cámara, Auditorium Nacíonal (Madrid, Spain)

Sibelius/Hermann: Valse triste
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1
Knussen: Reflection
Mahler/Wittenbecher: Adagietto (from Symphony #5)
Zimmermann: Violin Sonata
with Leila Josefowicz, violinist

2/12/2019 (7:30pm)

THE COLORADO COLLEGE INTERMEZZO SEASON (Colorado Springs)

Packard Hall

Sibelius/Hermann: Valse triste
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1
Knussen: Reflection
Mahler/Wittenbecher: Adagietto (from Symphony #5)
Zimmermann: Violin Sonata
with Leila Josefowicz, violinist

2/17/2019 (3pm)

CONCORDIA CHAMBER PLAYERS

Trinity Episcopal Church (Solebury, PA)

Zwilich: Piano Quintet
Beach: Piano Trio
Farrenc: Piano Quintet #1

2/21/2019 (7:30pm)

EDENWALD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (Baltimore, MD)

 

3/9/2019 (6pm)

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Music Center at Strathmore (Bethesda, MD)

with Leila Josefowicz, violinist

3/10/2019 (5pm)

ARTS AT ABINGDON

Abingdon Episcopal Church (White Marsh, VA)

with Intersection
Laura Frautschi, violinist
Kristina Reiko Cooper, cellist

4/1/2019 (7:30pm)

OLMOS ENSEMBLE

Laurel Heights United Methodist Church (San Antonio, TX)

Copland: Violin Sonata
Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies
with Eric Gratz, violinist
Caplet: Quintet for Winds & Piano
with Mark Teplitsky, flutist
Paul Leuders, oboist
Ilya Shterenberg, clarinetist
Sharon Kuster, bassoonist

4/14/2019 (2pm)

COMMUNITY CONCERTS OF LAGUNA WOODS VILLAGE (CA)

Laguna Woods Performing Arts Center

with Intersection
Laura Frautschi, violinist
Kristina Reiko Cooper, cellist

5/4/2019 (pm)

STAY IN MAY FESTIVAL (Naples, FL)

with Intersection
Laura Frautschi, violinist
Kristina Reiko Cooper, cellist

5/27/2019 (7:30pm)

SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre (Halifax)

Novacek: piece for solo clarinet (world premiere)    
with Dominic Desautels, clarinetist

5/28/2019 (12pm)

SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

The Peggy Corkum Music Room (Halifax)

Schubert: Violin Sonata in A
Martinç: Violin Sonata #1
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1
with Mark Fewer, violinist

5/29/2019 (7:30pm)

SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre (Halifax)

Brahms: Piano Quartet #1
with Tim Fain, violinist
Sharon Wei, violist
Matt Haimowitz, cellist

5/30/2019 (7:30pm)

SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre (Halifax)

Schumann: Piano Trio #2
with Tim Fain, violinist
Matt Haimowitz, cellist

6/2/2019 (7:30pm)

SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre (Halifax)

Adams: Hallelujah Junction
with Andrew Armstrong, pianist
Novacek: 4 Rags
with Mark Fewer, violinist

6/3/2019 (12pm)

SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

The Peggy Corkum Music Room (Halifax)

Mozart: Minuet, K. 355
Mozart: Gigue, K. 574
Mozart: Adagio, K. 540
Chopin: Étude #10
Chopin: Nocturne #7
Chopin: Impromptu #1
Chopin: Ballade #1
Messiaen: Le baiser de l’enfant-Jésus
Liszt: Liebestraum #3
Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole

6/5/2019 (7:30pm)

SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre (Halifax)

Schubert: Fantasie in f
with Andrew Armstrong, pianist
Dvorák: Piano Quintet #2
with Tim Fain, violinist
Sharon Wei, violist
Matt Haimowitz, cellist

6/9/2019 (2pm)

SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre (Halifax)

Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
with Pascalse Beaudin, soprano
Dominic Desautels, clarinetist

4/3/2020 (8pm)
4/4/2020 (8pm)

AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (TX)

Peter Bay, conductor
Dell Foundation Hall, The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Gould: Interplay
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1 in b-flat, Op. 23
Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Freed, conductor
May 12, 2013

Novacek: Intoxication Rag
The Colburn School (Los Angeles)
November 18, 2009

Novacek: 4th Street Drag
The Colburn School (Los Angeles)
November 18, 2009

Schubert: Piano Sonata in c, D. 958 (mvt. II: Adagio)
The Colburn School (Los Angeles)
November 18, 2009

Liszt: Liebestraum #3
studio recording (2000)

Mozart: Piano Sonata #9 in D, K. 311 (mvt. I: Allegro con spirito)
studio recording (2000)