w/ Taka Kigawa: The Complete Ligeti Piano Etudes , Oliver Hagen (conductor) , and music of Ligeti, Varèse, Dai Fujikura, Zosha Di Castri, and Brad Lubman
About This Event
Minimum Age:All Ages
Doors Open:7:00 PM
Show Time:8:00 PM
Taka Kigawa, piano
Oliver Hagen, conductor
Edgard Varèse: Octandre
Brad Lubman: Gallery Music
Zosha Di Castri: The Thinking Eye
Dai Fujikura: Joule
György Ligeti: Piano Concerto
Seated: $25 advance, $30 day of show
Standing: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Taka Kigawa with Ensemble LPR on Time Out New York
Taka Kigawa and Ensemble LPR on The New Yorker
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Named after and headquartered at the acclaimed New York City venue Le Poisson Rouge, Ensemble LPR is an assemblage of New York’s finest musicians. The group personifies the venue’s commitment to aesthetic diversity and artistic excellence.
Ensemble LPR performs an eclectic spectrum of music—from works by the finest living composers, to compelling interpretations of the standard repertoire—and collaborates with distinguished artists from classical and non-classical backgrounds: Timo Andres, Simone Dinnerstein, San Fermin, Daniel Hope, Taka Kigawa, Jennifer Koh, Mica Levi, David Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors), John Lurie, Ursula Oppens, Max Richter, André de Ridder, Christopher Rountree and Fred Sherry, to name a few.
In January 2015 Ensemble LPR made its Deutsche Grammophon debut with Follow, Poet, featuring the music of Mohammed Fairouz and the words of Seamus Heaney and John F. Kennedy. Ensemble LPR’s acclaimed Central Park performance last June, part of the 110th Anniversary of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts.
In 2008 Le Poisson Rouge changed the classical music landscape, creating a new environment in which to experience art music. In doing so, Le Poisson Rouge expanded classical music listenership. The New York Times has heralded Le Poisson Rouge as “[a] forward-thinking venue that seeks to showcase disparate musical styles under one roof” and “[the] coolest place to hear contemporary music.” The Los Angeles Times raves, “[The] place isn’t merely cool…the venue is a downright musical marvel.” Le Poisson Rouge Co-Founder David Handler brings this same ethos to Ensemble LPR, of which he is Founding Executive & Artistic Director.
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Critically acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA will present a solo recital, performing György Ligeti’s eighteen piano études (complete). Book 1: Désordre; Cordes à vide; Touches bloquées; Fanfares; Arc-en-ciel; Automne à Valsovie; Book 2: Galamb Borong; Fém; Vertige; Der Zauberlehrling; En Suspens; Entrelacs; L’escalier du diable; Coloana Infinita; Book 3: White on White; Pour Irina; À bout de soufflé; Canon.
György Ligeti’s eighteen piano études have long been Taka Kigawa’s singular specialty. He has performed the music many times, garnering unanimous praise from both critics and audiences alike. The Wall Street Journal wrote, “The pianist Taka Kigawa gave an electrifying traversal of all 18 Ligeti Études, a kaleidoscopic set of works that demands the unrelenting energy and precision that are Mr. Kigawa’s specialties.” The New York Times avowed that “On this terrain, Mr. Kigawa’s authority was unquestionable.”
Kigawa is touring worldwide this year with the György Ligeti Complete Piano Études program – in Baltimore in January; San Francisco at the beginning of May; New York City in May; Midwestern and Southern U.S. in August; Argentina in September, and Japan in November. This LPR recital promises to be one of the most exciting events of the season.
Taka Kigawa’s solo recitals at (le) Poisson Rouge over the past several years have all been resounding successes, receiving unqualified critical acclaim from both audiences and critics. His August 2012 recital at LPR, in which he performed J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue entirely from memory, broke the attendance record in the solo recital genre, a record it holds to this day. His recital there in August 2010 was chosen as the one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times. His LPR August 2011 recital was chosen by Musical America as one of the most notable concerts in the 2011-2012 season.
Taka Kigawa has steadily built his reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists, renowned as much for his superb musicianship as for his courageous programming. The New York Times described him as “A phenomenon. There’s no denying that he’s something special.” Since winning First Prize in the 1990 Japan Music Foundation Competition in Tokyo, and the 1998 Diploma Prize at Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, he has performed extensively as a recitalist, a member of major chamber music ensembles, and soloist with orchestra in many prestigious venues worldwide, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Cité de la Musique and Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Plau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. He has collaborated closely with such renowned musicians as Pierre Boulez, Unsuk Chin, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott. His performances and recordings have been broadcast over many television and radio networks, including WQXR-FM in New York. Mr. Kigawa received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinsyu University in Japan, and continued his studies in New York at The Juilliard School, where he holds a Master of Music degree.
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Taka Kigawa, Ligeti in Mind, Returns to Le Poisson Rouge – The New York Times
Taka Kigawa – Events in NYC – Arts and Entertainment Guide – NYTimes
Taka Kigawa | Le Poisson Rouge | Music in New York
Ligeti Etudes Ignite Under Taka Kigawa’s Fingers | SFCV
Conductor/Pianist Oliver Hagen was born in New York City in 1986. In 2010 Hagen was named Assistant Conductor of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. During his time in Paris, Hagen assisted music director, Susanna Mälkki, and he worked with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Matthias Pintscher, and Ludovic Morlot. Hagen débuted with the Ensemble Intercontemporain at IRCAM in November of 2011, and he appeared a second time with the Ensemble at Cité de la Musique in March of 2012. In April and May of 2012, Hagen served as Assistant Conductor at the Paris Opéra Comique, conducting staging rehearsals for a world premiere opera by Marco Stroppa, Re Orso. In February of 2013, Hagen made his début with the Orchestre National de Lyon in a chamber music program, conducting Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with former Bayreuth soprano, Anja Silja. In June of 2013, Hagen made his début with the American Composers’ Orchestra at Miller Theatre in NYC, leading reading sessions of pieces by composers from the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute.
Hagen has appeared with American and French ensembles and orchestras such as the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre National de Lyon, American Composers’ Orchestra, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Firebird Ensemble, Ensemble Linea, Ensemble soundinitiative, and the Orchestra of the League of Composers–the last of whom he conducted in June of 2012 at Symphony Space in NYC, for the 75th Anniversary Celebration concert of the American Composers’ Alliance. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, Hagen was Assistant Conductor to Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, and Peter Eötvös at the Lucerne Festival Academy; Hagen conducted the Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble in concert in 2011, performing Stockhausen’s Kontra-punkte and Kreuzspiel. As part of his duties as Assistant Conductor of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hagen served as Assistant Conductor for the Paris Conservatory Orchestra on several concerts. Hagen has worked as Assistant Conductor of Face the Music Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble for high school students, at the Kaufman Center in NYC.
As a pianist, Hagen has a strong association with the Lucerne Festival Academy, which he attended between 2005 and 2009. In September of 2009, Hagen appeared as one of the solo pianists in Pierre Boulez’s Répons, under the direction of the composer at the KKL in Lucerne. The 2007-08 Season brought an international tour, also under the direction of Pierre Boulez, in which Hagen performed Boulez’s sur Incises, which was heard at venues including the Philharmonie in Essen, Germany and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. The touring ensemble also performed sur Incises in Japan at the Art Tower Mito under the direction of Jean Deroyer.
As a pianist of the New York City based new music ensemble Signal, which performs under the direction of Brad Lubman, Hagen has appeared at venues ranging from the Ojai Music Festival, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, the June in Buffalo Festival, and the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood to the Bang on a Can Marathon and Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. As a member of Signal, Hagen has worked closely with composers such as Steve Reich, Helmut Lachenmann, Charles Wuorinen, and Oliver Knussen. Hagen can be heard on two Signal releases: a CD/surround-sound DVD of music by Lachenmann, with the composer as soloist in “…Zwei Gefühle…” (Mode); Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe’s Shelter (Canteloupe). Recently, Hagen performed John Zorn’s “…do what thou wilt…” for solo piano at the Stone in NYC, and Boulez’s Douze Notations and Carter’s 90+ at Miller Theatre–both part of Signal Ensemble’s 2013-2014 season.
Hagen holds a bachelor of music degree in clarinet and composition, and a master of music degree in conducting—both from the Eastman School of Music.