Sunday May 10, 2020
Sunset Center, Carmel
George Enescu (1881-1955)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
Daniel Hope Online:
Vanessa Perez Online:
This concert has been canceled
Daniel Hope, violin
"Yehudi Menuhin was my primary violin teacher, and even after his passing in 1999 has remained an inspiring presence in my life; this program consists of music dear to his heart. All in all, this program is intended to evoke Menuhin's warm, curious, and very generous spirit."
The South African-born English violinist, Daniel Hope, is the son of the poet and novelist Christopher Hope. He was persecuted in South Africa for his anti-government views, so the family fled to England when Daniel was six months old.
His mother, Eleanor, got a job as secretary to Yehudi Menuhin. Daniel became a playmate of Yehudi Menuhin's grandchildren, and Menuhin inspired Daniel to take up the violin. When Hope was only 11, he was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to play Béla Bartók duos with him on German television. Hope went on to study in England and Germany and took degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Hope's long artistic partnership with Yehudi Menuhin consisted of over 60 concerts together, including Lord Yehudi Menuhin's final appearance in 1999, in which he conducted Hope's performance of Alfred Schnittke's Violin Concerto.
Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for 25 years and is celebrated for his musical versatility as well as his dedication to humanitarian causes. Winner of the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music, whose previous recipients include Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Hope appears as soloist with the world's major orchestras and conductors, also directing many ensembles from the violin.
Hope is Music Director of both the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and is one of the world's most prolific classical recording artists, with more than 25 albums to his name. His recordings have won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d'Or of the Year, the Edison Classical Award, the Prix Caecilia, seven ECHO-Klassik Awards and numerous Grammy nominations. To learn more about Daniel Hope, visit his fascinating website.
Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2004, and quickly built an international career. Her recent credits range from concerts with Gustavo Dudamel in Caracas to the Chopin Festival of Majorca, Spain.
She has appeared throughout the USA as a soloist with with symphony orchestras and in solo recitals. In Europe, as soloist, Perez has performed at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Montpellier Festival in France, Konzerthaus in Berlin, and the Wigmore Hall in London, among others.
Perez's most recent recording titled Spain was released by the Steinway & Sons label in 2016. On this atmospheric album, the pianist performs music by Manuel de Falla, a Spanish composer with an attraction to French culture, and by Falla's friend and mentor Claude Debussy, a Frenchman with an affinity for Spain.
Perez's previous recording, released in 2012 by Telarc, was Chopin: The Complete Preludes — an acclaimed milestone in her discography. The Washington Post reviewed the album, marveling over her way with the 24 Preludes, Op. 28: "Perez dove into the Preludes as if discovering them for the first time, flinging them out into the hall with a kind of wild intensity that was often breathtaking, as if she were forcing these delicate hothouse flowers into the fresh air for the first time."
With her recordings and many concerts, Perez has developed a significant international profile, playing some of the most prestigious venues across the U.S., Latin America and Europe. She has performed with conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Gustav Meier, James Judd, Ligia Amadio, David Gimenez Carreras, Carlos Izcaray, Diego Matheuz, John Axelrod, and Carlos Miguel Prieto.