Back to Cleveland this week for another historic concert, featuring Music Director Lorin Maazel at the podium and joined by Jeffrey Siegel at the piano for a performance of the Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra, Op. 35 by Shostakovich. The concert begins with Shostakovich’s Symphony Number 1 and ends with a performance of Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring.
According to the announcer Robert Conrad, the matinee concert was sparsely attended, due in no small part to the blizzard that was sweeping through Cleveland at the time. Considering this concert was delay-broadcast in July, it was no doubt greeted fondly by listeners.
Hailed by The New York Times as “an artist who means every note he plays,” Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with the world’s great orchestras. Abroad, these have included the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Munich’s Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Amsterdam, Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestra of La Scala and NHK Symphony of Japan.
In the United States, engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Born into a musical family, Jeffrey Siegel studied with Rudolf Ganz in his native Chicago, with the legendary Rosina Lhévinne at The Juilliard School and, as a Fulbright Scholar, with Ilona Kabos in London. Mr. Siegel has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman, as well as legendary maestros of the past, including Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov.
Maazel, you already know about from last week.
Assume the position and enjoy the concert.