Date & Time: Saturday August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
Franz Schubert: Fantasie in f minor (1828)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre, Poème symphonique, op. 40 (1874)
Claude Debussy: Petite Suite (1889)
Carl Czerny: Grande Sonate Brillante en Ut Mineur, op. 10 (1822)
About the Artists
Arianna Körting, has performed throughout the world in solo recital and with orchestra, in radio and television. She was one of eighteen recipients nationwide under the age of 18 to have been selected as a 2011 Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Recognized by the United States Senate, her achievements were entered into the Congressional Record on October 6, 2011. Premier awards include: First Prizes in the Fifth Julia Crane International Piano Competition, the 2007 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the CIPC Young Artists Competition, the David D. Dubois Piano Competition and in the Duquesne Young Artists National Piano Competition. Arianna’s numerous performances include: The National Anthem for the Cleveland Indians Home Opener at Progressive Field, The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Christopher Wilkins, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in NYC, broadcasts of NPR’s From the Top in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory in Boston and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, King’s College School in Cambridge, England, the Canadian Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, St. Cecilia’s Hall in Manila, Philippines the Beijing Music Festival and Academy in Beijing, China and the Fontainebleau Schools in Fontainebleau, France.
Ms. Körting, a Young Steinway Artist, is currently in the highly selective Accelerated B.M./M.M. Program at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal and Hung-Kuan Chen. Arianna began piano studies at the age of three with Tanya Groys-Kapinos and was the Valedictorian for the 2012 graduating class of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory Division, where she studied with Gerardo Teissonniere. She has performed in master class for Imogen Cooper, Pavlina Dokovska, Richard Goode, Bao Huiqiao, Joela Jones, David Owen-Norris, Roberto Plano, Peter Takacs, Paul Wirth, and in Paul Schenly’s Pianofest, as one of the youngest pianists to appear in the series’ history. She was a member of the Junior Jury in the 2009 and 2011 editions of The Cleveland International Piano Competition. An award-winning and avid chamber musician, she was named one of the 2009-2010 Rembrandt Young Artists at the Rembrandt Chamber Players High School Chamber Music Competition in Chicago, semi-finalist at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Competition and received the Live From Lincoln Center “Outstanding Student Performance Award”.
Arianna organizes benefit concerts throughout the year and is the founder of The Animato Project, an interactive program of classical music for elementary school children.
“It was such a pleasure to work with Arianna in Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto, where she displayed great poise, polish and musical instinct. Ms. Körting is instantly appealing as a performer and as a person. We were all—orchestra and audience—in agreement on that!” – Christopher Wilkins, conductor.
“…She brought a well-conceived plan to the stage. Setting a fairly brisk tempo, which she held throughout, Ms. Korting’s performance was full of personality and dynamic contrasts.” – Cleveland Classical
“Arianna produces music of rare quality…” – Philippine Star
Praised for his “stunning bravura and seemingly unlimited virtuosity” (Epoch Times) and “nimbleness at the keys” (Cologne-City News), pianist Robin Giesbrecht has been celebrated internationally with a career reaching mature artistry. Since winning the International Grotrian-Steinweg Competition at age seven and the NDR Arts Prize subsequently, Mr. Giesbrecht has enjoyed performances with in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, North America and Asia, including debuts with the NDR Radio Philharmonic and the Southwest German Philharmonic.
Robin Giesbrecht’s recital performances include critically-acclaimed debuts at the Hamburg Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall, and in 2015, he gave a performance of his own piano concerto at Lincoln Center. His chamber music collaborations include performances with the famed Szymanowski Quartet. He has performed at music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, Oxford Philharmonic Piano Festival, Piano Texas, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg.
An internationally renowned pianist from a young age as a prizewinner at the Rotary International Competition in Essen and National Junior Competition of Germany, Mr. Giesbrecht became a student of famed pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the age of 8. In 2006, the Austrian TV channel ORF filmed in honor of Mozart’s anniversary a movie in which Mr. Giesbrecht, dressed as Mozart, performed on Mozart’s original pianoforte in Salzburg, an event that was broadcasted worldwide. In 2008, the German TV channel WDR made a documentary about the life of the young pianist.
Robin Giesbrecht was awarded the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship at the Juilliard School as a student of Jerome Lowenthal and Joseph Kalichstein, where he received his undergraduate degree. He is currently a student at the Yale School of Music, where he studies with Peter Frankl.