MARGRIT ZIMMERMANN

Margrit Julia Zimmermann, pianist, is an artist with uncommon poetic talent. Her special contact with the piano—her fine, gentle touch represents the best tradition of European and Russian piano schools. She possesses an unusual musical creative ability and virtuosity that flourishes in her interpretations of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninov, described by one reviewer as having ” fascinating intensity and highly poetic play.”

Ms. Zimmermann is an Artist-in-Residence at the Nyack College, Manhattan campus. She completed her studies at the world-renowned Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow with Dmitri Bashkirov, where she studied with Lev Naumov, Vera Gornostaeva, and Vadim Sukhanov. Her concerts have frequently been televised throughout Russia, Lithuania and Germany, where she continues to perform as a soloist with recitals and orchestra, as well as in England, Austria, Holland, the United States, Switzerland, Peru, the Caribbean Islands, and Mexico.

Ms. Zimmermann was a prizewinner in the 1996 International Johannes Brahms Piano Competition in Austria and the Roma International Piano Competition 1997 in Italy. Her recordings on major labels such as ASV and BIS in England and Sweden were highly praised in Gramophone magazine (England), Das Orchester (Germany) and Penn Sounds (USA) for revealing a “deep musical sense and technical perfection.”

Since 1992 Margrit has maintained a home in Germany, where she received the Arts Prize of the Wolfgang-Zippel Foundation. She was a founder and for many years Artistic Director of the International Music Festival “Cascades” in Germany.

She has performed in major music centers worldwide such as Avery Fisher Hall, Moscow Conservatoire, Hall of Vilnius Philharmonie, Philharmonie Hall in Kaunus, Organ Hall in Kishinev, Vienna Hall of the MusicTheater Society, Graz Music Hall, Kaliningrad Philharmonic Hall, Sala Beethoven, and Teatro Isauro Martinez among others. In 2007 she made her debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

PROGRAM

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
The “Klavierstücke”, Op. 118, are some of the most amazing piano sets by Brahms. This cycle was composed four years before the end of his life, in 1893. Brahms dedicated these pieces to his closest and dearest friend Clara Schumann. Probably the most beautiful and famous piece of this set is the second piece in A Major – full of endless melodies, polyphonic density specially in the middle section, this intermezzo immerses us in enlightened melancholy.

Debussy Two pieces from Images Book I
Permanently changing reflect of light off the surface of water fascinated Debussy, always, and he created many pieces inspired by the play of water and light. In the first piece of this cycle “Reflets dans l’eau” (Reflections in the water) composer found a completely new colors creating on piano. When he sent his manuscript to the publisher, he accompanied the score with the words: “Without false pride, I feel that these three pieces hold together well, and that they will find their place in the literature of the piano … to the left of Schumann, or to the right of Chopin”

The third piece of the first Book of Images is “Movements” – unstoppable movement of the triplets throughout the entire piece but disappearing at the end in the air. Interestingly, inside of this whirring movement Debussy is “hiding” the motive of the very famous Latin hymn “Dies Irae”.