#118 “La Belle Musique”

Dancing skeletons, hidden identities, musical innovations, and romantic virtuosity sound forth in the music of late 18th and early 19th-century French composers Augusta Holmés, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, and Paul Dukas.

Lydia Artymiw, pianist

Lydia Artymiw, PianistThe recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize, Philadelphia-born Lydia Artymiw has performed with over one hundred orchestras world-wide including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Solo recital tours have taken her to all major American cities and to important European music centers, and throughout the Far East. She has performed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Ukraine, Estonia, Finland, and Poland, as well as in China, Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

Critics have acclaimed her seven solo recordings for the Chandos label, and she has also recorded for Bridge, Centaur, and Naxos. Her debut Chandos “Variations” CD won Gramophone Magazine’s “Best of the Year” award, and her Tchaikovsky Seasons CD sold over 25,000 copies. Her festival appearances include Alexandria, Aspen, Bantry (Ireland), Bay Chamber, Bravo! Vail Valley, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, SaltBay, Chautauqua, Grand Canyon, Hollywood Bowl, Marlboro, Montreal, Mostly Mozart, Seattle, and Tucson. Her newest CD of the “Complete Cello and Piano Music by Felix Mendelssohn” with cellist Marcy Rosen was released on the Bridge label in April 2018 and is receiving enthusiastic reviews.

An acclaimed chamber musician, Artymiw has collaborated with such celebrated artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Kim Kashkashian, Marcy Rosen, John Aler, Benita Valente, and the Guarneri, Tokyo, American, Alexander, Borromeo, Daedalus, Miami, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets, and has toured nationally with Music from Marlboro groups. A recipient of top prizes in the 1976 Leventritt and the 1978 Leeds International Competitions, she graduated from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and studied with distinguished concert pianist and former Director of the Curtis Institute of Music, Gary Graffman, for twelve years. In 2017, Artymiw was a juror for the Lang Lang Futian International Piano Competition in Shenzhen, China and in 2015, she was a juror for the first Van Cliburn Junior International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, TX, as well as on the juries for fifteen piano concerto competitions at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York. She has been a frequent guest piano teacher at Juilliard since 2015 and presented master classes at both Juilliard and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia in 2016.

She is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she has taught since 1989. In 2015 Artymiw was awarded the University of Minnesota’s “Excellence in Graduate Teaching” award. For more information, please visit her website at lydiaartymiw.com.

Conducted by Brian Dowdy

Works Performed

  • Paul Dukas, Fanfare pour précéder La péri
  • Gabriel Faure, Pavane, Op. 50
  • Cesar Franck, Variations Symphoniques for Piano and Orchestra with soloist Lydia Artymiw, Piano
  • Camille Saint-Saens, Danse macabre, Op. 40 with soloist Catherine Himmerich
  • Augusta Holmés, Irlande

Dates Performed

  • March 9, 2019