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Carl Nielsen & Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary Concert with Thomas Storm & Tanya Gabrielian
Aug 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Renowned Danish baritone Thomas Storm, accompanied by pianist Tanya Gabrielian, presents a festive evening of music that celebrates the 150th anniversaries of Denmark and Finland’s most prolific composers – Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) and Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) – and highlights some of their most important and beloved works from the Romantic and post-Romantic song repertoires all indicative of national heritage and identity.
Among the works are Nielsen’s Five Texts by J.P. Jacobsen, Opus 4 (1891), I know a lark’s nest/Jeg ved en Lærkerede (1923), Look! The sun is red, mum/Solen er så rød, mor (1926), and John, the Roadmender/Jens Vejmand (1909), along with Sibelius’ Come away, death/Kom nu hit död and Hey oh, the wind and the rain/Hållilå, uti storm och i regn from Twelfth Night/Trettondagsafton, Op. 60 (1909) and selections from 5 Songs, Op. 37 (1900-02).
About Thomas Storm
Thomas Storm received his education from the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music Odense and graduated from the Royal Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen in 2011, where he studied under Professor Kirsten Buhl Møller. Storm has also studied privately with Gregory Lamar in New York and worked with coaches such as Michael Eliasen, Fiona McSherry, Rachel Andrist, Neville Dove, James Johnson, and Philip Langridge.
Since his debut at The Royal Danish Opera in 2009 as Schaunard in La Bohéme, Storm has established himself as one of the most sought-after Danish baritones and has performed all over Denmark, including Moralés in Carmen, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Le Geolier in Les Dialogues des Carmélites at The Royal Danish Opera. At the Funen Opera in Odense he has performed modern pieces including Orpheus 68 and Dr. Jekyll’s lawyer, as well as traditional repertoire, including Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermore, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.
In 2013 Storm was appointed the Carl Nielsen Artist by the Odense Symphony Orchestra and performed Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 “Sinfonia Espansiva,” Op. 27, FS 60 (1910-11) and a number of recitals featuring the composer’s work that were broadcast live on Danish Radio.
Storm has received numerous prizes and grants, among them the Reumert Talent Award in 2013 for his interpretation of Guglielmo in W.A. Mozart’s Così fan tutte, The Léonie Sonning Music Prize (2012), The Funen Opera’s prestigious Lars Waage Prize (2012), and the Aarhus Summer Opera Prize.
About Tanya Gabrielian
Pianist Tanya Gabrielian has captivated audiences worldwide with her gripping performances, commanding presence, and strikingly poised nobility. After receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where she received the prize for the Best Final Recital for six consecutive years, she went on to complete her studies at The Juilliard School as the only candidate for the prestigious Artist Diploma, the selective post-graduate residency program.
Gabrielian shot onto the international stage at the age of 20 with back-to-back victories in the Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition (2003) and the Scottish International Piano Competition (2004). She has since performed on four continents in acclaimed venues including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris and with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2011 Gabrielian was awarded the McGraw-Hill Robert Schuman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach for her work. She currently resides in New York City.
Co-presented by the Consulate General of Denmark in New York, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, and the American Scandinavian Society of New York with additional support provided by The Funen Opera/Den Fynske Opera, Solistforeningen af 1921, and the Augustinus Foundation.