What a special day it was! So many wonderful memories.
Patron Comments, shared from the Auburn Symphony:
"Mr. Baumann is perhaps the most enjoyable pianist we have ever heard. Very expressive, puts a lot of feeling into his playing. A joy to watch. We looked him up on the internet when we returned home and were most interested to learn he is a native of Davis. Davis can be very proud."
"Andrei Baumann was just superb in his performance of the
Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor Opus 16, and his encore rendition of
Clair de Lune by Debussy was the best performance of that piece that we
have ever heard."
"The concert was beyond fantastic!! Andrei played with such feeling we
were deeply moved by the performance."
"Pianist Andrei Baumann gave a truly memorable performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto."
I'm very excited for this Sundays Mother's Day concert at the Mondavi Center. I will be playing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Auburn Symphony with Maestro Peter Jaffe. The program will also include Strauss Alpine Symphony.
Here is an article written in the Davis Enterprise, with more information.
For tickets, please click on the link:
The weekend of March 18th and 19th, 2017:
One of my favorite weekends in my 10 years as a Bostonian. Having a California reunion piano trio recital in Rivera Hall at Rivers was a real treat. Chase Spruill and Susan Lamb Cook are fantastic people, wonderful musicians and educators. To have them come to Rivers was very special. We have performed together the past year and a half, and I look forward to our upcoming performances in years to come!!
The audience: Members of the Bostonian Estonian Community, students, a few Rivers faculty members, and many others. It's always unique to know almost every member of the audience!! A true gift.
Sunday: Last weekend of winter, Mt. Washington-Mt. Monroe loop via Ammonusuc Ravine trail and the Jewell Trail. The White Mountains have been very good to me over the years. This day was crystal clear. Views for miles and miles. I was very lucky to have this day up in the Whites.
On Saturday, March 18th at 7:30pm, I am very excited to be performing with two fantastic musicians. Chase Spruill, violin and Susan Lamb Cook, cello will be joining me in Rivera Hall at Rivers to perform piano trios by Dvorak and Brahms. We normally perform together in Northern California...this will be our only East Coast trio performance this year.
Chase Spruill: A violinist who specializes in playing music ranging from Bach to Philip Glass. He is on Faculty at Community Music Works in Providence, as well as Wheaton College.
Susan Lamb Cook: Cellist, mentor and colleague. She is on faculty at UC Davis and University of the Pacific, as well as the Saarburg Music Festival in Germany. For more information, please visit her website. www.susanlambcook.com
$15 General Admission. $10 Seniors/Students.
Here are some pictures from a fantastic week of chamber music in Davis, Sacramento and Folsom, CA. Many thanks to Susan Lamb Cook, for her work in organizing these wonderful events. Photos taken by Paul Baumann.
1. Dvorak: Dumky Trio. Harris Center, Folsom, CA
2. Dvorak: Piano Quintet. Harris Center, Folsom, CA
3. We did it!! Post-concert photo at Harris Center, Folsom, CA
4. With the harmonium/organ. UC Davis, Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Dear California Friends and Family:
Here is a performance schedule for our upcoming Dvorak project in February. It would be great to see you at one of these events.
Performers: Chase Spruill, violin; Roger Xia, violin/piano; Susan Lamb Cook, cello;
Robert Levine, viola, Andrei Baumann, piano.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
Davis School visits: Harper Junior High, Holmes and Emerson Middle Schools
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, Noon Concert, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sacramento
Dvorak: Bagatelles, Slavonic Dances, Dumky trio
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, UC Davis Noon Concert
Dvorak: Bagatelles, Slavonic Dances, Piano Quintet
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 7:30pm, University Retirement Community, Davis
Dvorak: Bagatelles, Slavonic Dances, Piano Quintet
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 2:00pm, Harris Center, Folsom
Dvorak: Dumky Trio, Bagatelles, Slavonic Dances, Piano Quintet
As January 2017 draws to a close, the reality of the direction of humanity and our world really leaves me at a loss. I'm trying to retain that hope from the spring and summer of 2016.
I would just like to share a few moments that happened to me this past month; which give me inspiration, motivation and determination to continue to strive for the "greater good." As a musician, my role is to try to contribute and communicate music to the world. If I am honest with my work, hopefully I can touch someone and brighten their day. This gift has a lot of meaning, is sensitive and at times fragile. It truly is a gift!
1. Seeing Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in Gounod's Romeo and Juliette at the Met in New York.
Diana Damrau. A beautiful artist. She has it all: unparalleled vocal nuance and colors, acting, sincerity, purity. I have been SO lucky to see her four times, and each time she has made magic on stage. I am so grateful that the Met is so close to Boston!! Her partnership with Vittorio Grigolo is sublime. I saw them in Manon last year, and now this performance.
2. Musical projects.
a) Philip Glass, Chase Spruill and Serge Rachmaninoff. A week of inspiration through rehearsing. Striving to present the pieces to our audience at the highest level on the performance date. Collaborating with sincere individuals. Fantastic repertoire. My first time playing Philip Glass. Chase Spruill's composition: a simple gem.
b) Schubert and Beethoven. Working together with an old friend Christina Wright-Ivanovna. She put together a wonderful program of lieder and Schubert's Fantasy in F minor, for 4 hands. A great team, and the performance was very rewarding.
c) Beethoven 109. Taking on a big project to continue growing as a musician. Beethoven's last 3 piano sonatas are works which I hope to play for the rest of my "pianistic" life. Performing Op. 109, starting to comprehend it's challenges. Realizing how long it will take for this music to mature. As a musician, this is how I should be spending my time!
3. An email from Canada, reflecting on "Miroirs."
Hope you enjoyed reading. This is a small window into the light that I found this past month!
photo: Lake Champlain, VT. Charlotte-Essex ferry. August 2016
Happy New Year!
This winter and spring of 2017, I have some really exciting musical projects. Here is a list of my upcoming calendar. With a preview for what is up ahead!! Thanks for reading. Hope to see you at some of these events.
January 26th, 7pm: Community Music Works, Providence.
Rachmaninoff and Glass: with violinist Chase Spruill and cellist Adrienne Taylor. http://communitymusicworks.org/whats-next-at-cmw-join-us/
February 16th, 12pm: UCD Noontime Concerts. Chamber music by Dvorak. Pitzer Center, UC Davis, CA.
February 19th, 2pm: Harris Center, Folsom, CA. Chamber music by Dvorak. Piano Quintet, "Dumky" Trio, Bagatelles, Slavonic Dances. With cellist Susan Lamb Cook, violinist Chase Spruill, violin and piano extraordinaire Roger Xia, and violist Robert Levine. http://bit.ly/2jhpMAA
March 5th, 3pm: Rivera Recital Hall. Rivers School Conservatory, Weston, MA.
Beethoven's Last 3 Piano Sonatas: Op. 109, 110, 111. Any pianists dream program. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to play this wonderful repertoire.
UPCOMING: March 18th, Chamber music with cellist Susan Lamb Cook and violinist Chase Spruill, at Rivers!! ONLY East Coast appearance, as of Jan. 23rd, 2017!
-Grieg Piano Concerto with the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Mondavi Center, Davis, CA
-Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Op. 109, 110, 111. Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA
I am very excited to be able to share this news with you.
My new album, “Miroirs”, is now available for purchase!! I have been very fortunate to work with a phenomenal producer, Antonio Oliart. The music was recorded in Rivera Recital Hall at the Rivers School Conservatory, and at WGBH Boston’s Fraser Studio.
You can download a digital copy of the CD by clicking on this link:
If you wish to have a physical copy of the CD, I am still waiting for their arrival from the distributor. They should be arriving in the next week.
If you are interested in ordering an actual CD, please send me an email.
Hope you enjoy!