Professional Development Workshops
Humor in Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas
An often-underestimated aspect of Beethoven’s genius is the importance of humor in his works. Perhaps in no other composer is humor so important and so varied. This lecture explores the many types of humor found in Beethoven’s piano sonatas, from the refined inside joke to the musical parallel of slapstick, from gentle satire to dark and even bitter sarcasm. Movements from several sonatas will be performed to illustrate.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 10:30am
Yamaha Artist Services
689 5th Ave # 3, New York, NY 10022
Jeffrey Swann enjoys an international performing career which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He won first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Van Cliburn, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. His large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez.
In addition to presenting lecture/recitals worldwide, Mr. Swann has performed with the symphonies of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indiana, Dallas, Saint Louis, Houston, Baltimore, San Antonio, New Jersey, Louisville, New Orleans, Honolulu and Minneapolis; and in Europe with the orchestras of Rotterdam, The Hague, Belgian National and Radio, Warsaw Philharmonic, La Scala, Santa Cecilia, RAI Turin and Rome, Czech Philharmonic, Radio France de Montpellier and the London Philharmonia, among many others. The conductors with whom he has performed include Zdenek Macal, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, Kazimirz Kord, Myung-Whun Chung, Roberto Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti and Leonard Slatkin. In addition, he continues to lecture regularly at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, and at Wagner Societies in the United States and Italy. Mr. Swann has also served as a judge at many competitions, most recently the Premio Venezia in Venice, Italy.
A native of Northern Arizona, Jeffrey Swann studied with Alexander Uninsky at Southern Methodist University and with Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, where he received his B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. Degrees. Mr. Swann can be heard on Ars Polona, Deutsche-Gramophon, RCA-Italy, Replica, Fonit-Cetra, Music & Arts, and Agorá recordings. His CD, “The Virtuoso Liszt” (Music & Arts) won the Liszt Society’s Grand Prix, and his first volume of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas (Agorá) was chosen one of the Best of the Year by Fanfare magazine. His most recent release features works for piano and orchestra by Chopin with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano. Since 2007, Jeffrey Swann has been the Music Director of the Dino Ciani Festival & Academy in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, since 2008 the Adel Artist-in-Residence at Northern Arizona University, and since 2013 the Artistic Director of the Scuola Normale Concert Series in Pisa, Italy. Other teaching experience includes the International Keyboard Institute at Mannes College of Music (2002-Present), Master Classes at Texas Christian University, University of Minnesota, Imola Academy (Italy), University of Virginia, San Diego State University, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, University of Tennessee, Arizona Piano Teachers’ Federation, University of Iowa, and Stanford University, as well as Piano Master Courses in Milan, Udine, La Spezia, and Weimar.