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with Taka Kigawa: The Complete Ligeti Piano Etudes, Oliver Hagen (conductor) & music of Ligeti, Varèse, Dai Fujikura, Zosha Di Castri, and Brad Lubman

Fri January 24th, 2014


Main Space

Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 7:00PM

Show Time: 8:00PM

Event Ticket: $20/$25/$30

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Ensemble LPR
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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Ensemble LPR

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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.

Taka Kigawa: The Complete Ligeti Piano Etudes

The Pianist Taka Kigawa gave an electrifying traversal of all Ligeti Études, a kaleidoscopic set of works that demands the unrelenting energy and precision that are Mr. Kigawa’s specialties.” – Allan Kozinn, The Wall Street Journal

Critically acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA has earned outstanding international recognition as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber music artist since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1998 Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, with such accolades from The New York Times as “Mr. Kigawa’s feat deserves the highest praise, especially since it was combined with such alacrity and sensitivity to the musical material. Brilliantly done, a careful and serious-minded musician, quietly poetic and considerate” and from The New Yorker “Unbelievably challenging program. Kigawa is a young artist of stature.” Kigawa’s New York City recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times. Also his New York City recital in August 2011 was picked as one of the most notableconcerts in the first half of the 2011-2012 season by Musical America.
He has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Cleveland, Paris, Milan and Barcelona, with appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Cité de la Musique, and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Plau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He frequently tours in his native Japan, appearing in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagano and Kyoto, both as a recitalist and a soloist with orchestra and in chamber music groups. He has performed with such distinguished institution as The Cleveland Orchestra. He has been a featured artist on many television and radio networks throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
His repertoire is extremely large and varied, ranging from the baroque to avant-garde compositions of today. He has collaborated closely with such renowned musicians as Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott.
Mr. Kigawa grew up in Nagano, Japan, where he began piano studies at the age of three, winning his first competition at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinsyu University, and his Master of Arts degree from Tokyo Gakugei (Liberal Arts) University, graduating with honors in Piano Performance. During both his undergraduate and graduate years, he also studied composition and conducting, receiving high honors in both disciplines. He furthered his studies in the United States at The Juilliard School in New York, where he earned his Master of Music degree. Mr. Kigawa currently lives in New York.
Taka Kigawa official site

Oliver Hagen (conductor)

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.

music of Ligeti, Varèse, Dai Fujikura, Zosha Di Castri, and Brad Lubman

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