Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin
and David Breitman, fortepiano
Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin, in Two Concerts

"We simply love these works with a passion. You can't help falling in love with the music, being moved by its tenderness and whole-hearted openness. They are a window into Beethoven..."            ~      Elizabeth Wallfisch

Elizabeth Wallfisch and David Breitman have been performing sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven together for more than a decade, and their artistry and rapport have given the duo a sterling international reputation.

Through their interest in historical playing techniques, and their use of historic instruments for the concerts, these two internationally reknowned soloists shed new light on the masterpieces Beethoven titled "Sonatas for Piano with Violin," rather than violin sonatas with piano accompaniment.

Ever since her emergence on the international music scene in the early 1970s, Elizabeth Wallfisch, has pursued a double career as a violinist with a range of repertory from Baroque to contemporary, and as a conductor and leader of period music ensembles.

Elizabeth Wallfisch is well known to Central Coast audiences for her long association with the Carmel Bach Festival. Chosen by Music Director Bruno Weil, Ms. Wallfisch was Concertmaster of the Bach Festival Orchestra from 1993 to 2010.

She was a natural musician from early childhood and made her debut as a concerto soloist at age 12. She also performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the final of the ABC Concerto Competition and later studied under Fredericke Grinke at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she distinguished herself with the President's Prize and other awards...... Read more about Elizabeth Wallfisch...

Elizabeth WallfischDavid Breitman is equally at home with the fortepiano and the modern piano, and in the roles of soloist and collaborator.

David's collaboration with baritone Sanford Sylvan spans more than thirty years, and includes several hundred recitals and four CD's, ranging from Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin, to the premiere recording of The Glass Hammer, a major song cycle by the Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin. Their other recordings, "Beloved that Pilgrimage" (three 20th century song cycles), and an all Fauré disc were both nominated for Grammy awards... Read more ...

"Time Travel for Pianists"
a profile of David Breitman

Sunset Center, Carmel

Sunday Jan. 12, 2014

at 3:00pm

Sonata in D Major Op 12, No 1

Sonata in C Minor Op 30, No 2

Sonata in G Major, Op 30 No 3

Sonata No. 5 in F ("Spring"), Op 24

Read an online review of Concert 1

Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014

at 8:00pm

Sonata in A Major, Op 30, No 1

Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op 12, No 3

Sonata No. 9 ("Kreutzer"), Op 47

Read an online review of concert 2

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Elizabeth Wallfisch & David Breitman
Beethoven Sonata No. 8

Elizabeth Wallfisch leading the Wallfisch Band

A Rare Salon Performance
with Elizabeth Wallfisch
and David Breitman
Saturday January 11