鋼琴家│史蒂芬.寇瓦謝維契

 

鋼琴家史蒂芬.寇瓦謝維契(Stephen Kovacevich)為當今最重要的鋼琴演奏家之一。他在貝多芬、布拉姆斯、莫札特與舒伯特等人的作品詮釋,均獲得舉世的卓越評價。在他不凡的音樂生涯當中,除了身為傑出的獨奏家,近年也多次以指揮身份登台演出,演出1819世紀的音樂作品更是頗受讚譽。寇瓦謝維契曾與眾多著名指揮名家合作,如戴維斯爵士、葛拉夫、海汀克、馬舒、拉圖爵士、蕭提爵士等人。 

寇瓦謝維契出生於美國洛杉磯,於11歲時首度登台公開演奏,並於18歲時遠赴英國隨海絲女爵習琴。而後藉由其富於思辨以與高度原創精神的公開演奏,加上備受好評的錄音出版,讓他在國際上的聲名鵲起。 

寇瓦謝維契近來的重要演出,包含與蒙特利爾交響樂團、馬來西亞愛樂、巴黎室內樂團、雪梨交響樂團,以及指揮家辛曼、阿胥肯那吉、尼爾森等人合作。上個樂季寇瓦謝維契也剛結束倫敦伊莉莎白廳的國際鋼琴系列音樂會,本樂季他將巡迴韓國、台灣、中國,並在英國國家廣播公司第三頻道實況播出其於威格摩爾廳的演出,同時造訪波士頓、都柏林、卡地夫及巴黎香榭麗舍劇院、普雷耶爾廳、西班牙巴塞隆納等地舉辦獨奏會。寇瓦謝維契也多次參與英國伊莉莎白皇后廳國際鋼琴音樂節,以及韋爾比亞與盧加諾等知名音樂節。 

寇瓦謝維契在兩大古典錄音廠牌PhilipsEMI留下為數不少的錄音,如在備受讚譽的貝多芬全套32首鋼琴奏鳴曲錄音(EMI發行),曾被喻為是可以與布蘭德爾、吉利爾斯、波里尼等名家相提並論之演奏版本。另外在Philips他也曾與柯林.戴維斯爵士合作留下貝多芬、布拉姆斯、巴爾托克等人的鋼琴協奏曲經典版本。 

2009年寇瓦謝維契則在Onyx Classics發行了貝多芬的狄亞貝里變奏曲專輯,英國金融時報的評論寫道:「在喜怒無常、暴發共鳴與節奏和緊張情緒張力之餘,也留下優雅、智慧和反省的空間。寇瓦謝維契的音樂帶給人引人入勝的旅程,也絕不比貝多芬原本的音樂遜色。」而這份錄音也贏得2009年的Classic FM留聲機雜誌編輯獎項殊榮。 

寇瓦謝維契相當熱衷於室內樂的演奏,在他的音樂演奏生涯初期,就曾與知名已故大提琴家杜普蕾女士合作貝多芬的作品,另外他也曾與大提琴家伊瑟利斯、莫克、卡普松兄弟、小提琴家鄭京和、長笛家帕胡德、聲樂家拉森、鋼琴家布妮提雅許維莉、阿格麗希等人合作室內樂演出。

 

 

Stephen Kovacevich, pianist

Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most searching interpreters. As a pianist he has won unsurpassed admiration for his playing of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. .

Born in Los Angeles, Stephen Kovacevich made his concert debut as a pianist at the age of eleven. When he was eighteen he moved to England to study with Dame Myra Hess. Since then his international reputation has been built both on his concert appearances, renowned for their thoughtfulness and re-creative intensity, and on the highly acclaimed recordings he has made throughout his career. He has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors including Colin Davis, Hans Graf, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle and Georg Solti.

Stephen Kovacevich remains a consummate and insightful performer: After a recent performance in Barcelona in January 2014, one critic remarked “Kovacevich gave, without any limitation, the measure of a truly great artist” (El Mundo)

Performance highlights this season include two recitals at the Salle Pleyel Paris (December 2014 and May 2015), an extensive tour of the Far East including Korea, Taiwan and China, alongside a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast to celebrate their week long focus on Brahms in October 2014 as well as recitals in London (Wigmore Hall), Boston, Dublin and Cardiff to name a few. Recent concerto highlights include a triumphant return to Montreal Symphony Orchestra (under David Zinman), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (with Sylvain Cambreling), Malaysian Philharmonic (Jacek Kaspszyk), Orchestre de chambre de Paris (John Nelson) and Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy). Stephen recently performed to a sell out audience for his recital at the International Piano Series at the Queen Elisbaeth Hall in London. In addition, Stephen is a regular soloist at the Verbier and Lugano festivals.

Stephen Kovacevich has enjoyed two long-term relationships with recording companies, first Philips and then EMI. Great projects of his work with EMI include a compelling series of Schubert Sonatas and a set of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas completed in 2003, hailed as one of the most authoritative ever recorded. One critic described The Hammerklavier as: ‘an unflinching, sometimes combative view of a titanic masterpiece, and a version to be spoken of in the same breath as those of Brendel, Gilels and Pollini...’ Kovacevich announces the music’s potency from the first bar. He also worked extensively with Colin Davis recording the Piano Concertos of Beethoven and Brahms and most notably Bartok’s Piano Concerto No.2.

In 2009 Stephen Kovacevich released, to unanimous critical praise, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for Onyx Classics, exactly forty years after his first recording of the work for Philips in 1968. The Financial Times wrote, ’a temperamental, almost explosive approach that resonates with rhythmic and nervous energy but also leaves room for elegance, wit and introspection. Kovacevich’s journey is always engrossing and never less than Beethovenian.’ This recording won the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award.

Stephen Kovacevich is a committed chamber music player who, from the beginning of his career, collaborated with Jacqueline du Pré for their celebrated recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas No. 3 and 5. Other past and present partners include Steven Isserlis, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Kyung-wha Chung, Truls Mørk, Emmanuel Pahud, Anna Larsson, Khatia Buniatishvili, Belcea Quartet, Philippe Graffin, Alina Ibragimova and Martha Agerich.