Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 5:00 in Sterling, VA
(This event was originally scheduled for 1/31/16)
This salon is dedicated to Sophy Burnham,
who made it possible for us to acquire this fine Steinway.
A Program of Piano 4-hands music featuring
Leander Bien and Andrew Harley
(RSVP is required.)
Sonata in C, K. 521 by W.A. Mozart
Fugue in e, D. 952 by F. Schubert
Rondo in A, D. 951 by F. Schubert
Duo in a, D. 947 “Lebensstürme” by F. Schubert
LEANDER BIEN received his early training at Juilliard Pre-College as a student of Frances Mann. He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a scholarship student of Robert Goldsand. As a Finlandia Foundation scholar, he received an Artist Diploma from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Mr. Bien has performed with many of today’s leading singers and ensembles, including the late Jan DeGaetani, David Gordon, William Sharp, the Lark Quartet and others. Critically acclaimed four-hand recitals with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn have included multiple all-Schubert programs as well as the complete works of Beethoven. An advocate for new music, he has recorded and premiered the works of Elliott Carter, John Harbison, Charles Bestor, Gwyneth Walker, and other distinguished composers. Mr. Bien’s appearances include New York’s Merkin Hall, the Myra Hess Series at Chicago’s Cultural Center, the Great Artist Series at Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, the North Carolina Symphony’s Schubert Festival at Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theater, and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Performances abroad include recitals in Greece, England, Germany, Finland and Indonesia. Also a composer, Mr. Bien’s work is published by Mentor Music and has been featured on National Public Radio and at the National Flute Association and Society of Composers Conventions. Since 1984, he has served on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC. He currently teaches privately in North Potomac, MD.
English pianist ANDREW HARLEY enjoys a performing and teaching career recognized at both a national and international level. Specializing in instrumental chamber music and song literature, Mr. Harley began his musical studies at the famous Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, England and continued his education at Oxford University, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the University of Southern California. He has held teaching positions at UCLA, UC/Santa Barbara and UNC/Greensboro. As a guest artist, he has given master classes at the New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, Indiana University, USC, and the University of Essen, Germany. Mr. Harley concretizes around the globe, collaborating with such distinguished recital partners as International opera star Denyce Graves, the legendary American cellist Lynn Harrell, as well as members of both the Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets. He has been heard in live broadcasts on national radio and television, as well as on numerous recordings. Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung recently described him as “a soloist who understands how to blend within an ensemble with excellence, yet without subjugating himself. Pearls of gold met with a diamond.” For the past ten years, he has been a member of the Kamp-Lintfort International Chamber Music Festival, collaborating with many of Europe’s finest musicians. In September 2015, Mr. Harley joined the full-time faculty at The Juilliard School, where he teaches collaborative instrumental and vocal literature.