Anna Maria McElwain en Dóra Pétery op Kasteel Heeswijk
12 oktober 2015 | 20.00 uur
| Kasteel Heeswijk,
Dóra Pétery en Anna Maria McElwain op fortepiano, klavecimbel en …. een muselaar
De fortepiano is een Braodwood vleugel, uit Londen 1840
De klavecimbel is gebouwd door Carel Teerink, 1998
De muselaer is een vroeg soort klavecimbel, naar Couchet 1650, gebouwd door: Walter Maene 1977
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791):
Sonata in D Major K 381 / 123a
– Allegro molto
Johann Gottfried Eckart (1752-1832)
Menuet d’Exaudet avec des Variations
Muzio Clementi (1752–1832):
Sonata for two keyboards, in B Flat Major
– Allegro di molto
– Allegretto. Tempo di Menuetto
————- INTERMISSION ————-
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791):
Andante and Variations in G Major, K. 501
Carl Ludvig Lithander (1773-1843)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Sonata B-flat major K. 358/186c
– Molto presto
Anna Maria McElwain – early keyboards: fortepiano, harpsichord, clavichord
Finnish-born Anna Maria McElwain studied at the Turku Consevatory with Elzbieta Guzek, and later at the State University of New York at Buffalo with Dr Stephen Manes. At the age of 21 she had already completed a Master of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Arts degree in music theory. In her theoretical studies she specialized in the musical meaning of the Massoretic signs of the Hebrew Bible. In the last decade Anna Maria specialized in the clavichord studying it with Dr Pekka Vapaavuori. She was the the second person to complete a Master of Music degree in clavichord performance at Sibelius Academy. Anna Maria taught at the Sibelius Academy Kuopio
department until 2010 and currently focuses on performing, mainly as a clavichordist. She has performed in the United States and in Europe (Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Austria). She is the co-founder of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival (2012-present), and the founder of the First International Clavichord Competition (2014). Anna Maria has explored the limits of the clavichord with later repertoire. She wrote a study on “The Clavichordist’s View on the Chopin Preludes”, which compares the possibilities of the Swedish clavichords with German models.
Anna Maria’s solo recording “Hours Well Spent” on an 1808 Lindholm clavichord at Nydahl Collection in Stockholm came out in November 2013 (Robert Holmin Ljud&Bild), and is the first ever recording of Beethoven on the clavichord. Her second recording was released in May 2015 featuring music of Fux, Johnsen, Lithander, and Beethoven. Anna Maria has received grants from various foundations in Finland, as well as a Kuopio Stipend in November 2013 from the City of Kuopio for her artistic achievements.
Anna Maria owns two fretted clavichords, a Wåhlström and a Hubert, both built by her father Thomas McElwain, as well as an unfretted five-octave Specken-Svensson built by Stig Lundmark, with help from the Northern Savonia Culture Fund.
Anna Maria performs currently with the aid of grants which she received from the Finnish National Council of Arts and Northern Savonia Council of Arts.
Together with Dr Michael Tsalka Anna Maria is the founder and artistic director of Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival which opened in Kuopio, Finland in 2012 (August 15-24). The festival offered 19 concerts given by artists from three continents, three world premieres, and a course in historical keyboards. The second edition of the festival took place in Kuopio, Finland, August 14 – 23, 2013.
Dóra Pétery: clavichord, harpsichord, fortepiano, organ
Dóra Pétery was born in Budapest. She studied organ performance at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, obtaining her bachelor’s degree with a qualification of ”excellent”. From 2001 to 2003 she studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Miklós Spányi and was the first student in the history of the Academy to have the clavichord as her main subject. From 2005 to 2008, she was a student in Hans-Ola Ericsson’s concert organist class at the Musikhögskolan in Pitea, Sweden. For a short period her studies were supported by the Eötvös Fellowship. At the moment she is a doctoral student at the Liszt F. Academy of Music in Budapest. During her years in Finland (2001-2007), she taught keyboard instruments at the Oulu Conservatory and the Oulu Polytechnik. She also taught clavichord playing at the Tokaj International Summer Academy.
Ms. Pétery performs recitals regularly as a soloist and in different chamber music formations on the organ, clavichord, harpsichord and piano. Her repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the Contemporary period and also includes experimental music. She has premiered several works by different composers. She has also participated in the O. Messiaen Festival (Stockholm) and recorded for the Swedish and Hungarian radios. Since 2010, she is artistic director of the Budapest Clavichord Days. Currently, she is the organist of the Csillaghegy Lutheran Church in Budapest.