A second chance to hear renowned pianist perform with the YSO

Those who missed, or wish to enjoy again, the concert this past winter by world-renowned pianist Idil Biret and the Yale Symphony Orchestra (YSO) can now listen to the entire performance online.

The concert took place Feb. 18 under the baton of musical director Toshiyuki Shimada in a packed Woolsey Hall. The program included Paul Hindemith’s “The Four Temperaments” and Franz Liszt,’s “Les Préludes” and Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert also featured the world premier of Brian Robinson’s symphonic piece, “Music of Unexpected Enthusiasm and Naïveté.”

A native of Ankara, Turkey, Biret has made more than 80 records. She has received the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, the French Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, and the State Artist distinction in Turkey, to name just a few of her honors. In 2007 she received the highest order of Poland — The Cavalry Cross — for her recordings and performances of Chopin’s music.

Robinson, who is the manager of the YSO, reports that Biret will be returning to Yale in December to make a recording of work by Hindemith with the YSO on the Naxos label.

“That an artist of her caliber chose to come back to Yale to record with the symphony is quite a feather in our cap,” says Robinson, who also pointed out that Hindemith, one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, was on the Yale faculty from 1940 to 1953.