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From Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall: On tour with Brahms

Photo © Mat Hennek / DG
Photo © Mat Hennek / DG

Hélène Grimaud returns to the US in August to perform Brahms’ monumental First Piano Concerto at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, the largest outdoor venue in the United States. Hélène will be joined on stage by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by rising star conductor James Gaffigan, for performances on August 6th and 8th.

Brahms’ music is featured throughout Hélène’s touring and recording season 2013/2014. This fall, her recordings of Piano Concerto No. 1 & No. 2 will be released on Deutsche Grammophon (with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Andris Nelsons), and both concertos figure prominently in her upcoming touring schedule, as well: in Moscow (Sept 6), Hamburg (Sept 12 & 15), London (Oct 10), Düsseldorf (Nov 9), Munich (Nov 11), Tokyo (Nov 19 & 20), Kita-Kyushu (Nov 23), Philadelphia (Dec 5, 7, 8) and New York City (Dec 6).

In Hélène’s words: “With Brahms, you often get that feeling of a landscape, a panorama, something on a grand scale. And then there’s that strong sense of poignancy as well. When the drama occurs, it focuses on that moment when everything changed, when a life was transformed, after which things would never be the same again.”