Cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nel make their PBS broadcast debut as cello/piano collaborators on Thursday, August 26, at 8 p.m. on KLRU.
The half-hour IN CONTEXT special was recorded in February 2010 in KLRU Studio 6A, home of the venerable live music series Austin City Limits. KLRU’s IN CONTEXT art series presents performances from some of Austin’s leading artists and cultural organizations.
“KLRU is fortunate to bring audiences this longtime musical collaboration between Mr. Tsang and Mr. Nel as part of our ongoing commitment to presenting the arts in Central Texas,” says Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO. “Live audiences from Seattle to Boston have appreciated their camaraderie, shared intuition and communication as musicians. Their musical relationship is palpable on stage, and this vibrant performance is sure to please their admirers and earn them new fans as well.”
For this IN CONTEXT special, Tsang and Nel perform selected movements from works by Luigi Boccherini (Sonata in A major); Sergei Rachmaninov (Sonata in G minor, Op. 19); Dmitri Shostakovich (Sonata in D minor, Op. 40); Ludwig van Beethoven (Sonata in A major, Op. 69); and Johannes Brahms (Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor, WoO1).
“I’ve lived in Austin since 2002, and it is a thrill to play in the Austin City Limits studio, where so many legendary musicians — Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few – have inspired audiences,” says Tsang. “For decades, public broadcasting has played a significant role in bringing classical music to audiences across the U.S., and Anton and I are proud to perform for KLRU.”
From meeting as chamber players in New York and Seattle over 15 years ago, Bion Tsang and Anton Nel have developed a musical camaraderie that continues to electrify audiences from coast to coast. Their new CD, “Bion Tsang and Anton Nel: Live in Concert, Brahms Cello Sonatas and Four Hungarian Dances,” is now available from Artek Recordings with distribution by NAXOS and is also available on Amazon.com and iTunes.
About Bion Tsang, cello
A 2010 Grammy-nominee for his performance with acclaimed choral ensemble Conspirare, cellist Bion Tsang has been hailed as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation. The Los Angeles Times calls him “an artist that guarantees the future of our music.” The recipient of a Bronze Medal from the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Tsang has performed as a guest soloist with ensembles including New York, Moscow and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the American and National Symphony Orchestras, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Tsang is an associate professor of cello at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. More information about his career and recordings is at biontsang.com.
About Anton Nel, piano
Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted international career. Over three decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London, among many others. As recitalist he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum and the Frick Collection in New York, at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Davies Hall in San Francisco, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Internationally he has performed recitals in major concert halls in Canada, England (Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls in London), France, Holland (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam), Japan (Suntory Hall in Tokyo), Korea, and South Africa. Nel is a Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin where he holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Piano. More information about his career and recordings is at antonnel.com .