Ingrid Fliter performs Mendelssohn in return to the Houston Symphony
Ingrid Fliter returns to the Houston Symphony this month for three performances at Jones Hall on 9, 11 and 12 March 2017. She joins the orchestra and conductor Fabien Gabel to perform Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1.
Fliter recorded the concerto last year with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Linn Records, with Gramophone commenting that "[Fliter is] alive to the impetuosity of the outer movements, as well as to the work’s more poetic elements... Fliter’s command of the drama is second to none."
Earlier in the week, Fliter joins the Rochester Philharmonic and Music Director Ward Stare for two performances of Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 on 2 and 4 March.
Giancarlo Guerrero & Ingrid Fliter return to the Brussels Philharmonic
Giancarlo Guerrero returns to the Brussels Philharmonic this month for a concert at the Flagey in Brussels on 9 February 2017. He is joined for the concert by fellow Intermusica artist Ingrid Fliter, who performs Chopin Piano Concerto No.2. The rest of the programme features Richard Danielpour Toward the Splendid City, Wagner Tristan and Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod and Bartók The Miraculous Mandarin Suite.
Elsewhere this month Guerrero conducts the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra on 2 February, performing Honegger Pacific 231, Ravel Piano Concerto in G major with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, and Prokofiev Symphony No.5. Guerrero also conducts two concerts with the Gulbenkian Orchestra on 16 and 17 February, for which he is joined by Alisa Weilerstein who performs Dutilleux Tout un monde lointain...
Intermusica tours the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to Spain with Ingrid Fliter
This month sees the Royal Scottish National Orchestra embark on tour in Spain, beginning in Alicante on 16 January 2017. Joining the orchestra in Spain is conductor Peter Oundjian and Intermusica's Ingrid Fliter.
Following the concert in Alicante, the tour continues to Castellon (17 January), Zaragoza (18 January) and Logroño (20 January) before finishing in Santander.
The orchestra performs two programmes on the tour, with Fliter joining them for Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 and de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain, which feature alongside Debussy Prelude à Laprès-midi d’un faune, Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 and Brahms Symphony No.1.
Ingrid Fliter plays Schumann with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Ingrid Fliter returns to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on 3 November 2016 for the first of four concerts with the orchestra and conductor Pinchas Steinberg. Fliter performs Schumann Piano Concerto, which she recorded with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, released this year:
"Hers is a reading of firm, exhilarating impulse, at the same time taking its cue from the lyrical heart of the music and glowing with the limpid touch, golden timbre and subtle nuances that are hallmarks of her playing."
"Fliter plays with tautness and energy, fitting hand-in-glove with the smaller chamber-orchestra forces of the SCO and drier recorded sound. Heartfelt and intelligent, this is life-enhancing music."
BBC Music Magazine
Further concerts in Dallas are on 4, 5 and 6 November. Fliter then performs at the University of South Dakota on 14 November, in the Rawlings Guest Artist series, and in Delaware on 19 November.
Ingrid Fliter steps in at Tanglewood for her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ingrid Fliter makes her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut on 6 August 2016 at the Tanglewood Music Festival, conducted by fellow Intermusica artist Giancarlo Guerrero. Fliter performs Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in a programme that also includes John Adams Harmonielehere and Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.
Fliter is a pre-eminent performer of Chopin, hailed for her natural and expressive interpretations. In 2014, she recorded the Chopin Piano Concerti with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Jun Märkl for Linn records, receiving great acclaim. The Daily Telegraph wrote that “Ingrid Fliter was born to play Chopin” while Gramophone selected the recording as an Editor’s Choice, stating that “Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity... by whatever magical means, [she] touches the heart.” Her extensive Chopin recordings also include Chopin Preludes (Linn Records, 2014) and Chopin Complete Waltzes (EMI, 2009).
In February 2017, Fliter and Guerrero reunite for Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Brussels Philharmonic.
Ingrid Fliter & Kirill Gerstein perform at Gilmore Festival
Ingrid Fliter and Kirill Gerstein give a series of performances at the Gilmore Festival this month, beginning with a duo performance at Dalton Center on 9 May 2016.
Filter and Gerstein are joined by clarinetist Anton Dressler, violinist Yura Lee, percussionist Marc Damoulakis and timpanist Duncan Patton to perform an unusual concert of chamber music, including Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.
Fliter, who received the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2006, also performs an all-Chopin recital on 13 May. The programme includes the 24 Études, which Fliter recorded for Linn in 2014. At her recent recital at London’s International Piano Series when she performed the Preludes, the Daily Telegraph wrote: "Over the last two decades Fliter has risen to the top rank of Chopin players, and this recital showed why. Part of her secret is simply a wondrous ability to float a melody over a supporting left hand with perfect grace... the intelligence and passion of her playing are beyond dispute."
Gerstein, who was the sixth recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award in 2010, follows his appearance alongside Fliter with two performances of Bernstein Symphony No.2 'The Age of Anxiety' with the Grand Rapids Symphony on 13 and 14 May. Gerstein played the piece with the New Jersey Symphony orchestra last season, a performance which was highly praised by the Star-Ledger:
"His playing was dignified yet full of life, with a sound that started out as present and full, yet still possessing an inward quality before torrents of descending tones and penetrating brass combined to searing effect. He maintained authority as the music grew increasingly tense, leaning into accents before building to blazing, explosive fury. Even in quieter sections, his playing was clean but never stark, with an appealing soft-grained quality when appropriate”
Ingrid Fliter releases Schumann & Mendelssohn piano concertos on Linn Records
Ingrid Fliter releases her third disc on Linn Records on 22 April 2016, a recording of Schumann and Mendelssohn Piano Concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Antonio Méndez. When Fliter performed the Mendelssohn First Piano Concerto with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, one critic wrote that “In the beautiful second movement, time stood still for a moment”.
Click here to watch Fliter discussing the concertos on the disc.
Fliter’s previous discs for Linn have been highly praised. The Chopin Preludes released in 2014 was selected by Gramophone as one of the Top 10 Chopin Recordings, and the Chopin Piano Concertos were Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine, which wrote that “Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity... by whatever magical means, [she] touches the heart.”
Ingrid Fliter returns to the International Piano Series at St Johns Smith Square
Ingrid Fliter returns to the International Piano Series at St Johns Smith Square on 6 April 2016 to perform an all-Chopin recital, which she also performs at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon on 3 April. The programme features a selection of Nocturnes and Mazurkas, plus the complete 24 Preludes which Fliter recorded for Linn Records in 2014. The disc was named Recording of the Month by Gramophone Magazine:
“[Fliter] has that magical way of creating an easeful rubato without ever sounding studied, and holds Classicism and freedom in perfect accord. Add to that a clarity of vision and a tremendous sense of purpose and you have a mesmerising set of Preludes. She is a virtuoso of the first order but she holds this in reserve, so when she does unleash her full technical armoury, it’s extraordinarily potent.”
Giancarlo Guerrero & Ingrid Fliter join Copenhagen Philharmonic for dance-inspired programme
Giancarlo Guerrero and Ingrid Fliter join the Copenhagen Philharmonic for a dance-themed concert on 1 April 2016. Together they perform Ravel’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto. When Fliter performed the concerto recently in London, Bachtrack commented that “Ingrid Fliter launched into Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major with great gusto and immediately took command of its virtuosic opening bars. This no-nonsense approach continued throughout a highly engaging and immediate performance of this jazz-infused pot pourri".
Guerrero also conducts Ginastera Estancia: Four Dances and Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances to complete the programme.
Ingrid Fliter performs Nights in the Gardens of Spain in Budapest
Ingrid Fliter joins the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Zoltan Kocsis for three concerts on 19, 20 and 21 March 2016. Together they perform de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain.
When Fliter performed this work with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in November 2015, the West Australian wrote: “Throughout, she never put a finger wrong, responding to de Falla’s exquisite subtleties in an ultra-disciplined way...it found consistently imaginative interpreters in Fliter, Asher Fisch and the WASO. This finely nuanced performance was the high point of the evening."
Ingrid Fliter returns to London for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra debut
Ingrid Fliter returns to London on 2 February 2016, when she makes her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Fliter joins the orchestra and conductor Ilan Volkov to perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, part of a programme that also includes Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets In the hours of the new moon and Shostakovich Symphony No.5.
Fliter recently performed the Ravel Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and Jun Märkl, and performs the same work with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and fellow Intermusica artist Giancarlo Guerrero in April 2016.
Ingrid Fliter joins the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi for five performances of Ravel Piano Concerto
Ingrid Fliter the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and their chief conductor Jun Märkl for five performances of Ravel Piano Concerto across the Basque region from 13 January 2016.
The concerts begin in Bilbao (13 January) and continue on to Vitoria-Gasteiz (14 January) and Pamplona (16 January). There are also two concerts in San Sebastián (15 and 18 January).
Fliter and Märkl are regular collaborators, including on Fliter's recording of the Chopin Piano Concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra:
“It is the care with which both the soloist and orchestra make music that is simply exhilarating. Ingrid Fliter’s brilliantly noble playing is rich in colour and so exquisitely imaginative that both works become free of routine, experienced again as delicate masterpieces of Romanticism.”
Ingrid Fliter returns to Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Ingrid Fliter returns to the Malmo Symphony Orchestra on 10 December 2015, performing de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Ginastera Danzas Argentinas at Malmo Konserthus.
When Fliter performed Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Philharmonia in April 2015, Bachtrack commented on her “precise dynamics and poetic phrasing. The first movement, 'En el Generalife', was a sensuous delight and the striking rhythms of the finale, 'En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba', had a wonderful controlled danger and power. A performance to cherish all round”.
Ingrid Fliter returns to West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Ingrid Fliter travels to Australia this month, returning to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for five concerts at Perth Concert Hall. She will perform Beetoven Piano Concerto No. 1 on November 20 and 21, and de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain on November 26, 27 and 28 with Asher Fisch.
Prior to these concerts, Fliter gives a recital at Dunstan Playhouse in Adelaide. Her all-Chopin programme includes the 24 Preludes, which she recorded for Linn in 2014. BBC Radio 3 said of the recording: “As always with her Chopin, the rewards are great. Playing of real charm, insight and subtlety."
Ingrid Fliter joins Carlos Miguel Prieto & Youth Orchestra of the Americas for Canada tour
Carlos Miguel Prieto and Ingrid Fliter embark on a two-week tour of Canada with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, beginning 21 July 2015. As the orchestra’s Music Director, Prieto conducts seven performances with the orchestra, whose membership includes young musicians from 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Ingrid Fliter joins the orchestra for two performances on 21 July at Koerner Hall, Toronto, and the Festival de Lanaudière on 26 July. The tour culminates with two performances at Le Domaine Forget International Festival on 1 and 2 August with soloists Vadim Repin (1 August) and Antonio Meneses (2 August).
Ingrid Fliter nominated for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year award
Following the critical success of her recording of Chopin’s 24 Preludes, which Gramophone described as “a gem of a disc”, the magazine has nominated Ingrid Fliter for its Artist of the Year award. The Preludes was chosen by the magazine as its Recording of the Month in November 2014.
In 2014, Fliter’s recording of Chopin’s Piano Concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was shortlisted for the awards.
Click here to vote for the Artist of the Year on Gramophone’s website. Voting closes on July 31.
Ingrid Fliter performs with Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall
Ingrid Fliter performs at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 16 April with the Philharmonia Orchestra in a concert conducted by Juraj Valčuha. The performance was originally to have been conducted by Lorin Maazel, who passed away in July 2014.
Fliter will perform de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain in a programme completed by Respighi's Roman trilogy of symphonic poems.
The following week Fliter will perform three concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Jun Märkl. Together they will perform Chopin’s First Piano Concerto in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
“Ingrid Fliter was born to play Chopin… Her playing flows artlessly, with pliability and shading that stem from deep within the expressive requirements of the music rather than from any artificially imposed interpretative ideas. Her lyricism is exquisite, her piano tone luminous. When it comes to the pyrotechnics, she is not only completely at one with the demands of agility, vim and vigour but also possesses the essential quality of impeccable taste to preserve the music’s poetic perspective.”
Ingrid Fliter’s Chopin Preludes named Recording of the Month by Gramophone
Released in October, Ingrid Fliter’s new recording of the complete Chopin Preludes on Linn Records has been selected by Gramophone’s editor as Recording of the Month: “Ingrid Fliter seems to be able to achieve individuality seemingly effortlessly, with cherishable and memorable results”. The album has also been chosen as one of Amazon's Best Classical Albums of 2014.
Click here to listen to Fliter perform Prelude No.24, 'Allegro appassionato'.
Fliter was also praised by the Daily Telegraph which awarded the album five stars and commented: “Fliter understands these pieces from the inside. You can hear from her playing not only that she adores the music but also that she appreciates the characteristics, the sentiments, the ideas that Chopin was distilling in these jewel-like creations.”
Read more reviews below:
“[Fliter] brings a powerful and individual voice to the Preludes. The first feature that stands out is her tone quality: forthright, with warm and singing legato… it makes for a rewarding and absorbing listen.”
BBC Music Magazine, November 2014
“As always with her Chopin, the rewards are great. Playing of real charm, insight and subtlety”.
BBC Radio 3 CD Review, October 2014
“…a torrential account of the B flat minor prelude, as exciting as any I’ve ever heard, and a fiercely dramatic one of the F minor, both performances that get well rewarded for the risks they take. Fliter fans certainly won’t be disappointed.”
Guardian, October 2014
“Fliter elicits all their [the Preludes] respective characters with a poetic touch and engaging charm.”
Scotsman, October 2014
Ingrid Fliter returns to Danish National Symphony Orchestra with Edward Gardner
On 13 November Ingrid Fliter returns to the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, where she will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.2 with Edward Gardner.
Fliter made her debut with the orchestra in 2012 when she performed Beethoven's third piano concerto with Juanjo Meno in a concert celebrating the inauguration of the Kocerthuset's new Steinway piano.
Ingrid Fliter makes BBC Proms debut with BBC Symphony Orchestra
One of Ingrid Fliter’s highlights this season is her BBC Proms debut on 28 July with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Josep Pons. The Argentinian pianist performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.23, K.488, a work that she played earlier this season with Edo de Waart and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and filmed for deferred BBC4 broadcast.
Fliter’s recent Chopin recording continues to be receive praise from the classical music press:
“Ingrid Fliter’s clean technique, pearly runs, and penchant for coaxing out inner voices are lovely to behold…Fliter takes decisive charge of the F minor concerto’s Larghetto, where her dynamic surges and rhetorical underlining enhance the music’s flowing intensity and operatically-influenced long lines.”
Classic FM, June 2014
"Spellbinding": Ingrid Fliter's Chopin Piano Concertos recording praised by critics
Ingrid Fliter's new recording of Chopin Piano Concerto Nos 1 and 2 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Jun Märkl, released on Linn records, has received critical acclaim. The recording has also been named as 'Editor's Choice' in the March issue of Gramophone magazine, who wrote: "Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity...by whatever magical means, [she] touches the heart."
Read more reviews below:
“Her playing magically combines a personalised poetic impulse with an exhilaratingly choreographed virtuosity.”
BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
“This is very much Chopin playing in the great tradition: rich-toned, generous though never profligate with its rubato, and invested with a vast range of keyboard colour. It's all put together meticulously too – there's great subtlety in the way Fliter shapes the slow movements of both concertos.”
Guardian, February 2014
“Fliter's 'timing' is judged to perfection; her tempi are near ideal; she never loses sight of Chopin the poet or reinvents him as a red-blooded virtuoso.”
Gramophone, February 2014
“...simply spellbinding. The music seemed to flow from her with an utterly natural lyrical impulse, graced with power, luminous delicacy and a spectrum of tonal coloring that combined to mark her out as one of the most instinctive and eloquent Chopin interpreters playing today.”
Daily Telegraph, February 2014
“It's a breathtaking performance. The orchestra's subtle and sensitive playing perfectly accompany Fliter's strongly expressive interpretation, which is at turns lyrical and powerful.”
Classic FM, February 2014