Stefan Heucke’s piano cycle “Skizzen, Ruinen, Adlerfittige” will be performed as part of a portrait of the composer at the German Consulate General in New York, NY on November, 12. The work is a collection of twelve preludes, “each based on a pitch of the chromatic scale”, as Heucke explains. An article written by the 19th century composer and music critic Robert Schumann inspired the work’s title: Schuman compared the latest opus of his French contemporary Frédéric Chopin to “sketches, ruins and eagle wings”. The preludes – written between August 2010 and February 2011 – contain three homages dedicated to the composers Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann – all piano virtuosi of their time. The audience of the Deutsches Haus is also the first one in the United States to hear the performance of another Heucke composition, II. Sonata per Violino e Pianoforte, Opus 58. “The light undertone of this work has been influenced by the blue skies and the sunshine of my second home, the Italian Riviera. The sonata is full of variety: Parts as light as a feather are followed by ones full of passion and fire”, says Stefan Heucke.
Both works will be performed by the highly acclaimed pianist Nina Tichman. The Juilliard-trained musician has earned a reputation as “one of the leading pianists of her generation” (Neue Musikzeitung) for her interpretations of early Baroque to modern day compositions. Since 1993 Nina Tichman has been Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Joining Tichman will be her sister, violinist Nadya Tichman for the performance of Opus 58. She currently holds the position of Associate Concertmistress of the San Francisco Symphony. Nadya Tichman has also performed as a soloist at numerous well-known festivals including the Grand Teton Music Festival, Teton Village, and the Chamber Music West, Sun City.