Beethoven and the Cello

The Program

For the first virtual performance of our 10th Season, we join the worldwide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary while focusing on the three periods of his artistic life as seen through the prism of works for cello and piano. The Seven Variations on Mozart’s Magic Flute show the young Beethoven’s direct relationship with his compositional predecessor. The Third Cello Sonata, written just after the immortal Fifth Symphony, showcases the master's “Heroic” Period, as well as the coming-of-age of the idiom. Lastly, the most unusual Fourth Sonata, ushering in the experimental Late Period, provides both a look into Beethoven’s own historical research and his intricate way forward. Join us for the brief exploration of the works, their performance, followed by a Q&A with Apex artistic directors.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe Fühlen”, WoO46 (1801)

Sonata for Piano and Cello in A Major, Op. 69 (1808)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 102 No.1 (1815)

The Artists

Dmitri Atapine, cello

Dmitri AtapineDmitri Atapine has been described as a cellist with “brilliant technical chops” (Gramophone), whose playing is “highly impressive throughout” (The Strad). He has appeared on some of the world's foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, he frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). His multiple festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, La Musica Sarasota, Pacific, Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Nevada and Cactus Pear, with performances broadcast in Spain, Italy, the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South Korea. His many awards include the first prize at the Carlos Prieto Cello Competition, as well as top honors at the Premio Vittorio Gui and Plowman chamber competitions. He has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna and David Shifrin. His recordings, among them a critically acclaimed world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano, can be found on the Naxos, Albany, MSR, Urtext Digital, Blue Griffin and Bridge record labels. Atapine holds a doctorate from the Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. The artistic director of Apex Concerts and Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival, he is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Hyeyeon Park, piano

Hyeyeon ParkSelected as an Artist of the Year by the Seoul Arts Center, Hyeyeon Park has been described as a pianist “with power, precision and tremendous glee” ( Gramophone). She is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including Oberlin, Ettlingen, Hugo Kauder, Maria Canals, Prix Amadèo and Corpus Christi, and her performances have been broadcast on KBS and EBS television (Korea) and RAI3 (Italy), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore) and WETA (Washington, D.C.) radio. She is artistic director of Apex Concerts (Nevada) and a professor of piano at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her first solo CD, Klavier 1853, has been released on the Blue Griffin label.