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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 10/19/2010 at Symphony Space.

Anne-Marie McDermott offers her only New York solo performance of select Chopin piano music, and is also joined by the compelling young mezzo-soprano Marta Wryk and renowned international cellist Rafal Jezierski for a lyrical and passionate set of cello-piano works and rarely performed songs.

"Anne-Marie McDermott has technique to burn and a fierce commitment to every note; she offers highly individual performances which none the less remain scrupulously true to the composer."

- Gramophone

This performance is in honor of the bicentennial anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birth.


Frederic Chopin was born to a French father and Polish mother near Warsaw, Poland in 1810 and began performing and composing at a very young age. His first composition was written at age seven. He began growing in popularity outside Poland in 1830, after the publishing of his Variations, Op. 2, for piano and orchestra on Mozart's "La ci darem la mano." The work prompted contemporary composer Robert Schumann to declare him "a genius." Chopin left Poland soon thereafter for Paris, France. He debuted on February 26, 1832 at the age of 21 to an audience that included Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn and Luigi Cherubini.

Chopin composed almost exclusively for piano. His catalogue is one the most profound and influential ever written for the instrument. His legacy includes 20 nocturnes, 25 preludes, 17 waltzes, 15 polonaises, 58 mazukas and 27 etudes. Chopin died on October 17, 1849 in Paris at the unfortunate young age of 39.




Remarks by Laura Kaminsky


Gdzie lubi (A Fickle Maid) op.74 No.5

Wojak (Before the Battle) op.74 No.10

Moja Pieszczotka (My Enchantress) Op.74 No.12

Śliczny chłopiec (My Beloved) Op.7 No.8

Z gór gdzie dźwigali (Bowed ‘neath their Crosses) Op.74 No. 9


Marta Wryk, mezzo-soprano

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano


4 Mazurkas, op. 17

1. Mazurka in B flat Major op.17 No.1

2. Mazurka in E Minor op.17 No.2

3. Mazurka in A flat Major op.17 No.3

4. Mazurka in A Minor op.17 No.4


Ballade No. 1 in G minor, op. 23


Anne-Marie McDermott, piano


–– Intermission ––


Grande Valse Brillante op.18

Berceuse op. 57

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor op. 20


Anne-Marie McDermott, piano


Etude op.27 no. 7

Introduction and Polonaise Brillante op.3

Nocturne op.9 no. 2


Rafal Jezierski, cello

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano


+ About the Artists

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, spanning from Bach and Haydn to Scriabin and Wuorinen.

With over 50 concerti in her repertoire, Ms. McDermott has performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony. She has also toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi.

As a soloist, Ms. McDermott has recorded the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas, Bach’s English Suites and Partitas, and Gershwin’s Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with the Dallas Symphony and Justin Brown. Recital engagements have included the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, the Schubert Club, and the Kennedy Center. Most recently, she commissioned works of Charles Wuorinen and Clarice Assad, which premiered in May 2009 at Town Hall.

As a chamber music performer, Anne-Marie McDermott was named an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1995. She continues a long standing collaboration with the highly acclaimed violinist, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. As a duo, they have released a CD titled Live on the NSS label. Ms. McDermott is also a member of the renowned piano quartet, Opus One, and the McDermott Trio with her two sisters. Ms. McDermott has also released an all Schumann CD with violist Paul Neubauer, as well as the Complete Chamber Music of Debussy CD with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

In addition to her many achievements, Anne-Marie McDermott has been named the Artistic Director of the famed Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado, the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, and the Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao.

Ms. McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Dalmo Carra, Constance Keene, and John Browning. She was a winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She regularly performs at festivals across the United States, including Spoleto, Mainly Mozart, Sante Fe, La Jolla Summerfest, Mostly Mozart, Newport, Caramoor, Bravo, Chamber Music Northwest, Aspen, Music from Angelfire, and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico.

Polish mezzo-soprano Marta Wryk has been active as a recitalist in Poland, Italy, Germany and the United States since 2004. Recently Ms. Wryk won first prize in the 15th International Voice Competition in Gorizia, Italy. This past summer Wryk covered the role of Gondi in Maria di Rohan for Bel Canto at the Caramoor Festival. Wryk graduated with distinction from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and currently studies at the Manhattan School of Music under Maitland Peters.

Polish cellist Rafał Jezierski has graduated from both the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music and is currently co-principal cellist of the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana. His debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with the Paderewski Trio in 2005 was described as “exuberant and multifaceted” by The Strad magazine (February 2006). Jezierski’s solos can be heard on Erwin Schrotts’ Recital (Decca) and Tarik O´Reagans’ Voices (Collegium Records). Since 2007, Rafal Jezierski has been a visiting professor offering master classes at the Conservatorio Profesional de Musica in Valencia.

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