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  • Jun. 17, 2007
  • Program Features Music by Bach, Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninoff

    SUNDAY JUNE 17, AT 7:30 PM

    Concert is Supported by a Generous Grant from the Colburn Foundation

    Illustrious pianist Hélène Grimaud performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's Colburn Celebrity series on Sunday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. The program features Bresconi's arrangement of Bach's Chaconne, Chopin's Barcarolle and Berceuse, Brahms' Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79 and Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 2.

    Grimaud has received much praise from critics for her recordings of some of the music on this recital program, including: Brahms' Op. 79 Two Rhapsodies from her most recent CD, Reflection (with Esa-Pekka Salonen) - The Guardian called it "another overwhelming performance," and "A truly great achievement;" Gramophone described Two Rhapsodies as "playing with thrilling immediacy ….a welcome grandeur..." Regarding the Chopin and Rachmaninoff selections, the Standard (London) said "volcanic, a force of nature. … persuasive, insistent, mesmeric."

    The Colburn Celebrity series offers virtuoso performances by world-renowned artists. The Grimaud performance is the final concert of the series for the season.

    Born in Aix-en-Provence in 1969, pianist HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD was accepted by the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris at age 13, where she won the first prize in Jacques Rouvier's class in 1985. The year 1987 marked a turning point in her career with appearances at MIDEM in Cannes and at the piano festival La Roque d'Anthéron, her first solo recital in Paris and an invitation to perform with the Orchestre de Paris under Daniel Barenboim. In 2006, she made appearances throughout the USA, Europe and in Japan, including concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (London Proms), as well as recitals at New York's Carnegie Hall. In 2002, Grimaud signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon; her latest recording, Reflection, which features works by Johannes Brahms and both Robert and Clara Schumann, with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting, was released to high acclaim in spring 2006. Her previous recordings on DG include Credo (orchestral and solo works by Beethoven and Pärt), a Chopin/Rachmaninoff recital disc, and Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Boulez. A CD of works by Bach is planned to be recorded for international release in 2007. A recipient of numerous awards worldwide, Grimaud was appointed Officier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministère de la Culture in 2002 and she was awarded the "Victoire d'honneur" at the French "Victoires de la Musique" in 2004. She is the author of two books, Variations Sauvages and Leçons Particulières, both published by Editions Robert Laffont.

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music - Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association's involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.


    SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2007, 7:30 PM

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Colburn Celebrity Series


    BACH Chaconne

    CHOPIN Barcarolle

    CHOPIN Berceuse

    BRAHMS Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79

    RACHMANINOFF Sonata No. 2

    Concert is supported by a generous grant from the Colburn Foundation

    Tickets ($15 - $86) are on sale now online at, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($15) will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Recital, and Baroque Variations performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week prior to the concert. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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