STEVEN BECK, PIANIST

ONE OF THE CITY’S FINEST YOUNG PIANISTS 

New Yorker

ABOUT STEVE

American pianist Steven Beck continues to garner impressive acclaim for his performances and recordings worldwide. Praised by the New Yorker as “one of the city’s finest young pianists”, a recent New York concert by Mr. Beck was described as “exemplary” and “deeply satisfying” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times.

Highlights of the 2012-13 season include the American premiere of a piano etude by Charles Wuorinen, recordings of Carter’s late piano works for Bridge Records’ Carter series, and an appearance as soloist on the New York Philharmonic’s “Symphonic Sondheim” concert this spring. In addition, he again performed on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series, and repeated his annual performance of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” on Christmas Eve at the Barge; this has become a New York institution.

In the words of New York Times critic Allan Kozinn, Mr. Beck is “an eloquent and persuasive performer of contemporary works”; he has worked with Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, Charles Wuorinen, George Crumb, George Perle, and Poul Ruders, and performed with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Metropolis Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Da Capo Chamber Players.  He is a member of the Talea Ensemble and the Knights. He is also a member of Quattro Mani, a piano duo specializing in contemporary music.

An eminent recording artist, Mr. Beck’s discography includes world premiere recordings of newly discovered works by Beethoven on Monument Records and a recording of Elliott Carter’s “Double Concerto” on Albany Records (this was described as “impressive” by Gramophone), as well as solo works by Louis Karchin and Andy Laster. The debut CD of his chamber ensemble “Pleasure is the Law” was released on Boston Records in 2009.

Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble.  Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble (under David Robertson) and the Virginia Symphony. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and Miller Theater, as well as on WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. He has performed as a musician with the New York City Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and appeared as an orchestral musician with the New York Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as performing with the Pacifica and Manhattan string quartets.

EXCELLENT PIANIST AND CHAMPION OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC 

New Yorker

Schedule

20th Aug 2014 8:00

Concert at Ravinia with the Knights

Ives: Three Places in New England

 
22nd Aug 2014 8:00

Concert with Sooyun Kim, flute

Bach: Sonata for flute and piano in b minor, BWV 1030

Schubert: Introduction and Variations on “Trockne Blumen”, D. 802

Mouquet: La Flûte de Pan, op. 15

 
13th Sep 2014 8:30

Concert at Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

Xenakis: Oophaa (1989) (harpsichord and percussion)

 
14th Sep 2014 3:00

Concert at Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

Beethoven-Ries: Symphony no. 3 in Eb major, “Eroica” (arr. for piano quartet)

 
21st Sep 2014 4:00

Concert at Caramoor with the Knights

Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, op. 34

 
30th Oct 2014 1:00

Recital with Paula Robison at CUNY

Works by Tilson Thomas, Muczynski, Burton, and Griffes.

 
30th Oct 2014 7:00

Premiere of a new Wuorinen piano work at the Italian Academy

Wuorinen: Doubletake (2014) (world premiere) (composed for me!)

Wuorinen: Heart Shadow (2005)

 

 
22nd Nov 2014 7:00

“Empowered by Music” benefit concert

At Center Church on the Green, New Haven, CT

Works by Mozart and Chopin.

To purchase tickets, mail checks payable to: “Empowered by Music”, P.O. Box 5078, Woodbridge, CT 06525 Tickets will be emailed as pdf files or your name will be added to our will call list. Tickets will be sold at the door as well. For more information: EmpoweredbyMusic@gmail.com

 
12th Feb 2015 7:30

Talea Ensemble plays John Zorn at Merkin Hall

Zorn: A Prayer for Nossis, pf (2014) (premiere)

Zorn: Bateau Ivre, chamber ensemble (2011)

 
23rd Feb 2015 7:30

Ensemble LPR at Le Poisson Rouge

Mohammed Fairouz: Audenesque

 
3rd Mar 2015 8:00

Blue Period Ensemble at Weill Hall

  • Sheng: Deep Red for Marimba and Ensemble (NY Premiere)
  • Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg)
 
5th Mar 2015 8:00

Talea Ensemble at the Grawemeyer Award Conference (Louisville, KY)

Boulez: Derive 1 (1984/86)

 
20th Mar 2015 7:00

Recital at Spectrum with Nina Berman, soprano

Schoenberg: 8 Songs, op. 6

Strauss: 6 Songs, op. 67

 
21st Mar 2015 8:00

Recital at Bargemusic

Mozart: Piano Sonata in C minor, K. 457

Schumann: Humoreske, Op. 20

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D. 958
Stravinsky: Piano-rag-music

 
 

AN ELOQUENT AND PERSUASIVE PERFORMER OF CONTEMPORARY WORKS

New York Times

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STEVEN BECK WAS THE COMMITTED SOLOIST, DEFTLY REVEALING THE ELEGIAC AND FRENETIC MOODS OF THIS RHYTHMICALLY AND HARMONICALLY COMPLEX WORK.

New York Times

Contact

 

 

Steven Beck

 

327 Edgecombe Ave. #12A
New York, NY 10031
Tel : (646) 824-7633
stevebeck44@gmail.com
www.stevenbeckpiano.com

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