|Maxim Lando, piano (USA)
Michelle Stern, violin (USA)
Francis Poulenc Sonate pour violon et piano FP 119 (rev. 1949)
Arthur Foote Melody for violin and piano op. 44
The concert is held under the auspices of Monika Vintrlíková, the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Atlanta, Georgia, statt
Violinist Michelle Stern and pianist Maxim Lando came all the way from the faraway USA to present not only the well-known 20th century composers Francis Poulenc and Leoš Janáček, but also lesser-known American composers Lowell Liebermann and Arthur Foote in the magical surroundings of the Mansion Pohansko.
At the age of 15, the young American pianist Maxim Lando played at the Opening Night Gala at New York’s Carnegie Hall alongside Lang Lang and Chick Corea, accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Thanks to his success in the 2018 YCA Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, he performed recitals to packed houses at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC the following year. He subsequently won the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Vendom Grand Prize and is a winner of the Julliard Concerto Competition and the New York Franz Liszt Piano Competition. All this has opened doors for him to the world’s most famous concert halls (National Center for Perfoming Arts in Beijing, Symphony Hall in Shenzhen, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris) and performances with major American and European ensembles (Mariinsky Theatre, Israel Philharmonics, Zurich Chamber Orchestra). He has also participated in major international festivals such as Kissinger Sommer in Germany, Ravinia Festival, Cayman Arts Festival, and concert series in America and elsewhere. Additionally, he is a chamber musician and has worked with Daniel Hope, Lynn Harrell, Julian Rachlin, Danish String Quartet and others. Last year, “Into Madness” CD was released, which he recorded with German violinist Tassil Probst and which won the ICMA award for best chamber album of the year. Lando is an alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and now studies under Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Julliard School.
Nineteen-year-old violinist Michelle Stern graduated from Julliard Pre-College under Ann Setzer and studies with Paul Biss at New England Conservatory in Boston. She has furthered her education in masterclasses with Josef Špaček, James Ehnes, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Amit Peled, and has won several prizes in international competitions (Camerata Artists International Competition, Rudolf Barshai International Competition, Gershwin International Music Competition, Namei International Music Competition). During her studies, she was frequently appointed concertmaster and had the opportunity to play with major conductors (Federico Cortese, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle) and soloists. However, she has also appeared as a soloist many times with leading American orchestras (Manhattan Symphony at Lincoln Center, Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, Island Chamber Symphony, Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra), played at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival and Oyster Bay Music Festival, and as part of the Bargemusic Here and Now concert series.
Besides music, she studies theoretical mathematics and political science at Harvard, where she is active in local cultural life, playing in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, working with the Harvard Ballet Company and performing with pianist Maxim Lando on nearby Cape Cod.