Mon August 26th, 2019
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Show Time: 7:00PM
Event Ticket: $20 / $25
Day of Show: $25 / $30
Table Seating: $25 advance, $30 day of show
Standing Room: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Mr. Kigawa will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s last five sonatas: Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101; Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”; Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109; Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110; and Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111.
This event will offer a rare opportunity to hear Beethoven’s last five piano sonatas in a single recital.
Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas are part of Taka Kigawa’s staple repertoire. He has performed them many times throughout the world. Of his performance of Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, Barry Cohen of the New Music Connoisseur wrote, “In Kigawa’s rendering, the first movement, with its strong three-note motto, subsequently borrowed by the likes of Schubert and Mahler, sounded here like a pronouncement of great import which leads to an emotionally heated discussion finally resolved in sensibility and reason. And Kigawa took the second movement (actually several movements in one) crisply and saw it as far, far removed from the first. The dancing phrases were there and even that delightfully syncopated passage which seems to foretell the age of jazz.”
Taka Kigawa’s solo recitals at (Le) Poisson Rouge over the past several years have been resounding successes, receiving enormous critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike. 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 August 2010 recital there was chosen as the one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times. His 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 John Luther Adams, the late 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.
The New York Times: “Kigawa has made a habit of taking on a bold program toward the end of the summer at Le Poisson Rouge. In past years, he has played everything from Messiaen’s “Catalogue d’Oiseaux” to the complete solo works of Pierre Boulez and the entirety of Bach’s “The Art of Fugue.” Monday’s program is especially bold. Plenty of other pianists have played Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas in one sitting, but Kigawa will play his last five, an expansion that means the evening will also include the massive “Hammerklavier.” I wouldn’t miss it.”
5 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend – The New York Times
The New Yorker: “A pianist of unshakable technique and considerable imagination, Taka Kigawa is most closely associated with the modern composers whose works he champions so persuasively: Boulez, Carter, Ligeti, Messiaen. Here, though, he turns his attention to modernism of another era, performing Beethoven’s last five sonatas, including the formidable “Hammerklavier” (Op. 106).”
Taka Kigawa | The New Yorker
Playbill: “One of NYC’s more eclectic downtown music venues hosts one of classical music’s more venturesome pianists in a nightclub setting, playing Beethoven’s late piano sonatas (Nos. 28-32).”
The August 2019 Classical Music Concerts to Attend in NYC | Playbill
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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 “Phenomenon. There’s no denying that he is something special,” “The extraordinary pianist.” and from The New Yorker “Unbelievably challenging program. Kigawa is an artist of stature.” and from La Nación (Buenos Aires) “Taka Kigawa is a stupendous virtuoso.” His New York City recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times. His New York City recital in August 2011 was picked as one of the most notable concerts in the 2011-2012 season by Musical America. Also his Buenos Aires recital in April 2014 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by Argentina’s leading paper, La Nación.
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. Also he premiered the last solo piano piece of Yusef Lateef, the jazz legend, in New York City in 2013.
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 City, U.S.A.
Review for Taka Kigawa’s latest concert at (le) Poisson Rouge: Review: Taka Kigawa Masters the Conflicting Rhythms of Ligeti – The New York Times