October 4: Cellist Andrew Shulman and Pianist Robert Thies

October 4: Cellist Andrew Shulman and Pianist Robert Thies

Cellist Andrew Shulman and pianist Robert Thies perform Beethoven: Sonata in C major, Opus 102, No. 1, Debussy: Sonata, and the Los Angeles premiere of Aaron Zigman’s Rhapsody for Cello and Piano.

Andrew Shulman is an award-winning principal cellist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As soloist, he has performed with such prestigious orchestras as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore Symphonay and orchestras all over Europe. The Los Angeles Timesrecently claimed, “Shulman delivered some of the most beautiful music heard in any concert this year.” He is joined by Robert Thies, who first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, for which the Los Angeles City Council declared February 16, 1996 “Robert Edward Thies Day.” Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. For this concert Shulman and Thies will perform Beethoven’s Sonata in C major, Op. 102, No. 1, Debussy’s Sonata, and the Los Angeles premiere of Aaron Zigman’s Rhapsody for Cello and Piano.

Pianist Robert Thies first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, becoming the only American pianist to win first prize in a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn’s famed triumph in Moscow in 1958. Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has already performed 40 concertos with orchestras all over the world. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Liepāja Symphony (Latvia), Mexico City Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Mexico, Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), Louisville Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic. His concerts have been broadcast throughout the United States, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Bolivia, Hungary, Mexico, and New Zealand. A dedicated chamber musician, Thies is highly sought after as a collaborator, and he has shared the stage with many esteemed musicians, including those from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. An avid proponent of art song, Thies has also appeared with many outstanding singers in recital, most recently at Lincoln Center in New York with tenor Shawn Thuris in a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise. Over the past decade he founded the Thies Piano Quartet, the Pantoum Trio, and most recently, the Thies Consort.

Sunday at 6pm
Bing Theater | Free, no reservations required
Live Stream | At concert time only

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