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"Many people consider my very existence a scandal. It's scandalous when someone constantly does things that ordinarily shouldn't be done. You don't play Mozart or Beethoven and go to jazz club two hours later. I don't lead a normal life. There are some things I just don't do although everyone else does. Anyone who thinks and lives as I do is a constant scandal. And when certain evenst make that obvious then it's obvious, that's all. Basically my whole life is a scandal." (Friedrich Gulda on himself)
Austrian-born Friedrich Gulda (1930 - 2000) is considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He is best remembered as a celebrated interpreter of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach but he developed a deep love for jazz at a young age. In addition to his classical work, he began performing jazz in public and spent much of his long career trying to blur the lines between the two genres. Regarded as an “enfant terrible” among soloists (in 1999 he faked his own death ), Gulda combined a delicacy of touch with an intensity of interpretation.
The Austrian Cultural Forum proudly presents a two day festival dedicated to the composer and pianist Friedrich Gulda. Friedrich Gulda was arguably the most successful Viennese pianist of the mid 20th Century. There is however no argument about his status as the most controversial figure during that same period. On the one hand he recorded the complete 32 Beethoven Sonatas three times, and performed and recorded most of the piano music of J.S. Bach and Mozart. On the other hand he was just as quick to form a funk dance band, a bebop ensemble in New York, or write dark, reflective songs about what he viewed as the inevitable battle with depression faced by every Viennese artist. Gulda was an original crossover artist in an era when the mere idea of pairing jazz or pop music with Mozart and Beethoven was held in contempt. From performing Beethoven’s 5th Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic to marching nude onstage while blowing a Renaissance era crumhorn, it may safely be said that in 1970, Gulda was driven by a concept of art that was ahead of his time.
March 19, 2014 7:30pm
Friedrich Gulda - gifted classical pianist
Introduction to Friedrich Gulda | Recital by Christopher Hinterhuber
Hinterhuber studied with Alex Papenberg, Rudolf Kehrer, Lazar Berman, Avo Kouyoumdjian and Heinz Medjimorec at the University for Music and performing Arts in Vienna and the Accademia „Incontri col Maestro“ in Imola, Italy acquiring additional artistic input from such artists as Oleg Maisenberg and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He performed at the Carnegie Hall, New York and in all important musical centers in Europe. He plays frequently chamber music with many members of the Vienna Philharmonic includung concert masters Albena Danailova and Rainer Honeck and since 2013 he joined the Altenberg Piano Trio, which has its own series in the Musikverein in Vienna.
French Suite Nr. 5 G Major BWV 816 J. S. Bach
Sonata C Major Op. 53 „Waldstein“ L. v. Beethoven
Rondo capriccioso Op. 14 F. Mendelssohn
Sonate Nr. 3 f-moll „Concert sans Orchestre“ Op. 14 R. Schumann