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Lied Secures Performances by Marc-André Hamelin, Jonathan Biss and Jon Nakamatsu

Following the tremendous success of its first Piano Series, Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center for Performing Arts proudly announces the return of the second annual Piano Series, a classical music programming highlight of the 25th anniversary season. Known for their virtuosic performances around the globe, Marc-André Hamelin, Jonathan Biss and Jon Nakamatsu will headline the 2014-2015 Lied Center Piano Series. Each artist has specifically selected a program for their Lied Center performance that includes a work by one of the most influential composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven. Tickets to all Piano Series performances will be available for reservation as part of a 2014-2015 season ticket package. Orders will be accepted starting May 15. If the performances are not sold out through season ticket orders, any remaining tickets will be available for single ticket purchase starting August 19. Call the Lied Center Ticket Office at 402.472.4747 for more information.

“The Lied Center has a storied tradition of presenting the finest pianists in the world year after year,” said Ann Chang, Lied Center Artistic Director. “After the immense success of our first Piano Series last season, it was clear that the series would be returning this year and we are thrilled to have some of the most celebrated pianists on board for this special occasion, performing the work of one of the most accomplished and revered composers of all time.”

Though the Lied Center has long presented some of the most world renowned pianists including Vladimir Feltsman, Emanuel Ax and Kathryn Stott, its dedicated Piano Series began only last year in October of 2013 when the legendary Leon Fleischer shared the stage with the Lied’s resident orchestra, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. The winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn Gold Medal, Vadym Kholodenko gave a stellar performance at the end of October, and Brazilian pianist, Arnaldo Cohen, capped off the series in March of 2014.

Marc-André Hamelin – October 7, 2014

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s unique blend of musicianship and creativity brings forth interpretations known for their freedom, originality and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th centuries, both in the recording studio and the concert hall.

He has collaborated with other musical greats including the Pacifica and Takács quartets, violinist Anthony Marwood, clarinetist Martin Fröst and pianist Emanuel Ax. He has performed on many of the most prestigious stages in the world including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Herkulessaal in Munich, and the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam with countless internationally celebrated orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Hamelin received a 2010 GRAMMY® nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critics’ Award Association. He is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Jonathan Biss – January 13, 2015
American virtuoso Jonathan Biss is one of the most sought-after pianists today for solo recitals and appearances with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony. Lied patrons will experience works by Schumann, Schoenberg and Beethoven in this remarkable concert.

Biss is widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations, winning international recognition for his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances and for his award-winning recordings. He has shared the stage with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, among others.  He continues to play in the major recital series in the US and in Europe, presenting his second Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital in January 2014, among many others.

Biss represents the third generation in a family of professional musicians that includes his grandmother Raya Garbousova, one of the first well-known female cellists (for whom Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto), and his parents, violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. Growing up surrounded by music, Biss began his piano studies at age six, and his first musical collaborations were with his mother and father. He studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Leon Fleisher.

“Ode to Joy” Beethoven Masterworks – April 25, 2015
The Lied Center’s resident orchestra, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, and top choirs from across Nebraska cap off a spectacular season of classical music at the Lied with Beethoven’s breathtaking Ninth Symphony. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s beloved Emperor Concerto in a concert to remember.

Since his dramatic 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal triumph, Jon Nakamatsu's brilliant but unassuming musicianship and eclectic repertoire have made him a clear favorite throughout the world both on the concert circuit and in the recording studio. He has performed widely in North America, Europe, and the Far East and has collaborated with such conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä.  His extensive recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London, and Milan.

Nakamatsu maintains a very active touring schedule with orchestra performances, chamber collaborations and solo recitals. In April of 2011 Mr. Nakamatsu made his debut at the prestigious Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for which he received a glowing review from the New York Times who praised Nakamatsu’s “solid technique and a gentle, introspective, interpretive spirit.”

As of May 2014, the generous list of supporters of the second annual Lied Center Piano Series includes MarySue Harris, Ted and AnnaBeth Cox, Mrs. Larry H. Lusk, Diana Warner and Judith C. Amber.

Ticket Information

Season tickets orders for the Lied Center’s 2014-2015 season will be accepted starting May 15 when the complete 25th anniversary season is announced. Tickets to all Piano Series performances will be available for reservation as part of a 2014-2015 season ticket package. If the performances are not sold out through season ticket orders, any remaining tickets will be available for single ticket purchase starting August 19.