The Piano Series

New Works and Beloved Classics

© Julia Weseley, Peter Adamik, C. Schneider

The Piano Series

At the beginning of the 19th century, the technical innovations of the fortepiano opened up entirely new means of creative expression for musicians—and to this day, the piano in its modern incarnation dominates many aspects of concert life. Since Mozart’s time, there have been few major composers who didn’t play or write for the instrument. Over the course of the Pierre Boulez Saal’s 2021–22 season, a group of outstanding pianists performs some of the most celebrated masterpieces of the repertoire as well as contemporary and very recent works that suggest pathways from the past to the future.

The extraordinary duo of Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim opens the season as well as the piano series—the program is built around the world premiere of Philippe Manoury’s Das wohlpräparierte Klavier. The September and October lineup also includes Elisabeth Leonskaja, Yulianna Avdeeva, and Denis Kozhukhin.