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Fireworks of expression and soulfulness

© Mat Hennek / DG
© Mat Hennek / DG

“One cannot play Brahms more beautifully” wrote the Westdeutsche Zeitung. “Soulful and virtuose” noted the Rheinische Post. “Fascinating Brahms” commented the Süddeutsche Zeitung and “fireworks of expression and soulfulness” exclaimed the Münchner Merkur. Hélène Grimaud is on tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto no.1 in Germany and Japan.

Returning to the States at the beginning of December Hélène Grimaud joins forces with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin for performances of Brahms’ Piano Concerto no. 2 in Philadelphia (5, 7 and 8 December) and New York’s Carnegie Hall (6 December)*. Meanwhile her new album of Brahms’ piano concertos on Deutsche Grammophon continues to garner international acclaim with Canada’s Le Devoir reviewing the “highly anticipated disc” and commenting “Hélène Grimaud is undeniably one of the finest pianists before the public today. These two albums document her incredible talent, and especially show that she is among the foremost interpreters of the piano music of Johannes Brahms”.

* Update / 2 December 2013: Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has regretfully withdrawn from performances scheduled December 5, 7, and 8 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and December 6 at Carnegie Hall in New York due to illness.

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the Orchestra on those dates. Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 will replace Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Read the full announcement