Masterworks IV :: Beethoven :: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. He has played with the Philadelphia orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies as well as the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic , Los Angeles and Radio France Orchestra. He played under the baton of such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Peter Oundjian, Yoel Levi, Yoav Talmi, Leon Fleisher and others.
His 2017-18 season includes appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony as part of a Prokofiev Festival performing the composer’s Piano concerti nos.1&4. He will also play the Bernstein Symphony no. 2 “Age of Anxiety” with the Jerusalem Symphony as part of the Bernstein centennial anniversary. Alon will return to the Gilmore festival to perform Mozart’s Concerto for 2 pianos and will appear with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber orchestra, Haifa Symphony, Xalapa Symphony among others. Recitals and chamber music performances include Interlochen, the Bach Festival in Winter Park, Mozart concertos with the Fine Arts Quartet (with whom he has made critically-acclaimed recordings of this repertoire) and tour with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio, as well as The Tempest Trio. In the coming months three new CDs of Alon Goldstein will be released on the Naxos label – Dvorak Piano Trios vol. 2 with his Tempest Trio, Mozart concerti nos. 23&24 with the FIne Arts Quartet, and a solo CD of 19 sonatas by Scarlatti.
His 2016-2017 season included debuts with the Hungarian National Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, and the Virginia, Ann Arbor and Rogue Valley symphony orchestras. He will also return to the “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest, the Delaware symphony during their Beethoven concerto festival, Savannah Philharmonic and Fairfax symphony. His festival appearances this season include Music@Menlo, Heifetz Institute, Bach festival in Oregon and the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy in Curtis Philadelphia. He will appear in chamber music concerts with his Tempest Trio, the Ariel Quartet as well as the Fine Arts Quartet in concerts throughout the United States, Latin America, Israel and Europe.
A passionate advocate for music education, his recent teaching engagements have included the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival, The Gilmore International Keyboard festival as well as other residencies throughout the US. During the 2016-17 season Mr. Goldstein will record two new CDs on Naxos – one with his Tempest Trio of Dvorak early Trios to complete the cycle of Dvorak Trios which he started two years ago, and the other CD will feature Mozart Concerti nos. 23 & 24 arranged for piano and string quintet by I. Lachner. This CD will continue Goldstein’s exploration of Mozart concerti arranged as chamber works. The first CD featuring Concerti nos. 20 & 21 was released last year to great critical acclaim.
Last season Mr. Goldstein had a concert tour in China performing the Mozart concerti nos. 20 and 21 arranged for piano and string quintet. This same program was featured also at the Ravinia festival as well as New York’s Town Hall to sold out houses. During the 2015-16 Mr. Goldstein also be performed with the orchestras of Alabama, Spokane, Knoxville, Westchester, Florida, Kitchener-Waterloo, Jerusalem and Bucharest. He toured with his Tempest Trio performing in London, Oxford, Berlin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago and Cincinnati.
Highlights of recent seasons include a recital tours in South America including concerts in Peru (Lima and Arequipa) and Chile (Valparaiso), as well as in Spain, performing in Madrid, A Coruña and Zaragoza’s “Cycle of Grand Soloists”; He also returned to the Baltimore Symphony under Günther Herbig, and made his debut with the New Jersey Symphony under Michael Stern. Alon played at the Ravinia Festival as soloist with the Chicago Symphony under James Conlon in the Mozart Double and Triple concertos with Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher. A few weeks earlier, he appeared at the Ruhr Piano Festival performing three concerti in one evening (Mozart, Britten and Poulenc). He also performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic, among others.
In the fall of 2013, Mr. Goldstein released a recording of Mendelssohn Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yoav Talmi. This collaboration scored a major success on a 17-concert Latin American tour that included concerts in Teatro Colon, Palacio des Bellas Artes and Teatro Nacional. In the spring of 2014 another CD of Alon was released featuring Dvorak Trios with his Tempest Trio for the Naxos Label.
Other highlights include performances with the Tokyo Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, two world premieres of concerti that were written for Mr. Goldstein – Lost Souls by Avner Dorman with the Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern, and Ornaments by Mark Kopytman with the Jerusalem Camerata, and performances at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo. Solo recitals include concerts in Beijing (Forbidden City), Moscow (Kremlin), New York (Town Hall), Chicago, Guatemala City, Kent (UK), Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.
Alon has performed at the Gilmore, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Marlboro, Seattle, Verbier, Prussia Cove and Jerusalem music festivals. Over the past several years he has also taught and played at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival, New York’s International Keyboard Festivalm Piano Texas, Gijon Piano Festival and “Tel Hai” international piano master classes held in Israel.