Alexandra Joan

May 23, 2018, 12:15 pm

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French-Romanian pianist joins us with a program of live music from the Chicago Cultural Center including Haydn, Liszt, and Schumann.

"Elegant (...) refreshingly temperamental"- (The New York Times) French-Romanian pianist Alexandra Joan is an active soloist and sought-after chamber player who performs extensively in Europe and in the United States. She has appeared at major venues and festivals in Europe, Israel, and the United States, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, The Greene Space, The Perlman Music Program, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Colmar International Festival, and Tel Hai.

She has been a soloist with the “Follia” Chamber Orchestra, the Mulhouse and Montbeliard Symphony Orchestras in France, and the Montenegro Symphony Orchestra.

She is a recipient of the “Vocation” Award in France and has won prizes at the Andorra International Competition, the Arriaga Chamber Music Competition in 2010 (First Prize), and the 2013 Josef Suk International Competition in Prague (Second Prize).
Her recital and chamber music performances have been featured on Radio France, Radio Suisse Romande, Arte TV, and WQXR in New York.

An advocate of new music, she works regularly with young composers and has premiered a number of chamber works. She is the pianist on "Sea of Reeds", an album of Gerald Cohen’s music for clarinet and chamber ensemble released by Navona Records in November 2014.

For three consecutive seasons, Alexandra successfully curated “Kaleidoscope,” a concert series at the WMP Concert Hall in New York, exploring diverse musical themes and bringing different forms of art together.

Alexandra received degrees from the Paris Conservatory and the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Rena Shereshevskaya, Brigitte Engerer, and Jerome Lowenthal.

In addition, she has worked with artists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Itamar Golan, Vladimir Krainev, Vera Gornastaeva, Pnina Salzman, Emanuel Krasovsky and Ivan Moravec.

Her first CD "Dances and Songs" was released in October 2014 on the Victor Elmaleh Collection.

Alexandra Joan started a Doctoral Program in Music Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center on a full scholarship in the Fall of 2015 and is currently studying with Ursula Oppens and Richard Goode.

Biography provided by the International Music Foundation.

Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32, by Joseph Haydn

Valse Caprice No. 6 after Franz Schubert from "Soirées de Vienne," by Franz Liszt

"Faschingsschwank aus Wien," Op. 26, by Robert Schumann

  • Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32, by Joseph Haydn
    Allegro moderato
    Finale: Presto

  • Valse-Caprice No. 6 after Franz Schubert from Soirées de Vienne, by Franz Liszt

  • Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26, by Robert Schumann