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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Presents

Steven Osborne & Paul Lewis, duo-piano

in a program which shines a spotlight on French music on the 
cusp of Romanticism and Modernism

Friday, February 21, 2020, 8pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall 

Steve Osborne high-res photo | Paul Lewis high-res photo 

Steven Osborne video preview | Paul Lewis video preview

Celebrity Series Press Room

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Steven Osborne and Paul Lewis, duo-piano in a program which shines a spotlight on French music on the cusp of Romanticism and Modernism on Friday, February 21, 2020, at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. 

An Aaron Richmond Recital, this performance is endowed by Nancy Richmond Winsten and the late Dr. Joseph Winsten. Additional support for this performance is provided by Michael and Margaret Simon. Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.

Tickets start at $45 and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at NEC’s Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the Celebrity Series debut performance for Steven Osborne. This will be the fourth Celebrity Series concert for Paul Lewis; he made his Boston debut in 2013 and was seen most recently in 2019 with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

On the program, Paul Lewis says, “Steven and I began playing duets about twenty years ago. It’s always a pleasure to make music with him...I’m sure Steven will teach me how to play these pieces! This is beautiful music that, on the whole, was written for friends to play together.”

Two of Britain’s most respected pianists, Osborne and Lewis first performed together in 2000 at the BBC Proms. In 2010, Hyperion released Schubert’s Piano Duets, their first recording collaboration, in which their playing was described by Gramophone as having “a delicious fluency and obvious affection that is a joy to hear.” For this duet tour, they play Fauré’s Dolly Suite, Op. 56, Poulenc’s Sonata for Piano Duet, Debussy’s Six épigraphes antiques and Petite Suite, Stravinsky’s Trois pièces faciles and Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye.

Steven Osborne’s relationship with Ravel is far-reaching and his 2011 recording of the composer’s complete solo piano music was nominated for a Gramophone Award. The disc was described in the Financial Times as “the finest Ravel anthology of the CD era” and an “unqualified delight” by The Guardian. Like his younger contemporary Ravel, Debussy has always played a major part in Steven’s musical life. His first recording of the composer’s works for Hyperion released in 2006 featured the complete Préludes and was chosen by The New Yorker as one of the best discs of the year. Steven’s subsequent 2017 recording cemented him as a modern interpreter of the French repertoire: as Gramophone noted, “this is music-making of great subtlety and finesse which neither lovers of Debussy and French music nor those who value piano-playing on the highest artistic level will want to miss.”

Following Osborne’s 30th recording release for Hyperion – Prokofiev’s War Sonatas – out on 31 January 2020, the duo will take their tour program to the studio for future release on Hyperion with whom Osborne has been a label artist since 1998 and for which Lewis has released a handful of chamber music discs.

About Steven Osborne

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2013, pianist Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians. Celebrated for his insightful interpretations, his musicality and technique, Osborne is much sought after as soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. His residencies at London’s Wigmore Hall, Antwerp’s deSingel, the Bath International Music Festival, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and, this season, at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are a testament to the respect with which he is held.

Described by The Observer as “always a player in absolute service to the composer”, Steven Osborne recently released a much-praised recording of Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas for Hyperion. During the Beethoven anniversary year, Osborne will present his illuminating take on these late works across the UK, the Far East, and North America as well as part of his RSNO residency for which he’ll also play Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27. 

Steven Osborne studied with Richard Beauchamp at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He won first prize at the prestigious Clara Haskil International Piano Competition (1991) and the Naumburg International Competition (1997), and was one of the first BBC New Generation Artists. Steven Osborne is Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Patron of the Lammermuir Festival and as of 2014, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

About Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton Universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He works regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia, and Mahler Chamber Orchestras.

Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. He is co-Artistic Director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.

PROGRAM:

Fauré, Dolly Suite, Opus 56
Poulenc, Sonata for Piano Four Hands
Debussy, Six Épigraphes Antiques
Debussy, Petite Suite
Stravinsky, Trois Pièces Faciles
Ravel, Mother Goose Suite

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 81 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods–everywhere.

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