Martin Chalifour and Steven Vanhauwaert Return

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Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 2:30pm
Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino

Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and internationally renowned pianist Steven Vanhawaert, return again for another exciting recital.  As of this date, we do not know who will be playing in the Super Bowl that evening (TV  time 5 PM), but we do know that these great artists will be playing music by Poulenc, Bloch and Beethoven earlier in the afternoon at 2:30 PM!  If you are an avid football fan, you can catch both events.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Call now for your reservations - (818) 788-6000.  Reservations close at noon on Friday, February 5th.  Ddon't miss the wonderful program!  Tell your friends to come.


Steven Vanhauwaert Bio

A native of Belgium, Steven Vanhauwaert made his official U.S. solo debut with a recital for the Jacaranda series, where he was hailed by the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Swed for his ‘impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique.”  Since then, Mr. Vanhauwaert has appeared in solo recitals at the world’s leading venues such as the Concertgebouw in Brugge, Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, Bovard Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Singel in Antwerp, the Great Hall of the Brussels Conservatory, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, as well as numerous other prestigious venues in Bulgaria, Hungary, the US, the Netherlands, France, Brazil, Canada, Israel, the UK, Austria, and Spain. He frequently tours China, where he received great critical acclaim for his solo recitals at the renowned National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and many other venues in Quingdao, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanning, Nanjing, Dalian, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Guiyang, and Jinan. He has appeared with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, the Flemish Symphony, the Oak Ridge Symphony, the USC Symphony, the Bryan Symphony, Collegium Instrumentale, the Concord Jazz Ensemble, the Auburn Symphony, the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra, the Peninsula Symphony, and Prima la Musica, amongst others.


Mr. Vanhauwaert is passionate about discovering the less familiar jewels of the classical repertoire and sharing them with his audiences. He has given the West Coast premiere of Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and the US premiere of Eric Tanguy’s Piano Trio. He also frequently collaborates with today’s leading composers. This season he presented a recital with works by Busoni, Casella, Pratella, Ornstein, and Lourié at the Concertgebouw in Bruges as part of their happening on the ‘fascination and fear of noise’. He was invited for a residency at New York University in Abu Dhabi, for recitals, masterclasses, and a multimedia project based on the works by Teresienstadt composer Viktor Ullmann, including his melodrama on Rilke’s Cornet poem, and the monumental 7th piano sonata. He also made his debut for the acclaimed PianoSpheres concert series in Disney Hall’s Redcat Auditorium, with a daring program consisting exclusively of 20th and 21st century Etudes for the piano, including two special commissions by composers Eric Tanguy, and Veronika Krausas.


Mr. Vanhauwaert enjoys collaborating with other musicians and is a frequent guest at chamber music festivals worldwide. He is the recipient of the Maurice Lefranc award, the Rotary Prize, the Galiot Prize, the USC Concerto Competition, and the Grand Prize at the 2004 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.

His discography includes a solo album with works by Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, and Debussy; two 4hand-discs featuring arrangements of Stravinsky’s popular ballets Petrushka and the Le Sacre du Printemps, as well as works by Satie, Ravel, Poulenc and Casella (with his 4handsLA partner Danny Holt), and a disc with works by L.A.-based Lior Rosner for Bridge Records.  Along with violinist Guillaume Sutre and harpist Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, he recorded a disc on Sonarti Records with works by Joseph Woelfl, which received a rave review and 5 diapasons in the french magazine Diapason. The album “Pensées Intimes” for Editions Hortus, featuring works by Hans Pfitzner, Lili Boulanger, Georges Antoine, and a world premiere recording of the Gallipoli Sonata by the Australian composer F.S. Kelly along with violinist Guillaume Sutre, received great acclaim from On-Mag, and Crescendo Magazine, and also received 5 diapasons in Diapason. A solo disc with works by works by Schulhoff, Casella, Hindemith, Vierne, and a world premiere recording of the piano sonata by Raymond Moulaert will be released on Editions Hortus in March 2016.

Many of Mr. Vanhauwaert’s performances have been broadcast live on networks such as K-MZT, K-CSN, K-USC, K-PFK, W-HKB, W-UOT, K-UAT, W-FMT, RTBF, WTV, PBS, and KLARA. He will also be featured in a documentary on creativity for the German/French channel ARTE. He is frequently invited to give guest lecture recitals and masterclasses in universities throughout the world. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.

POULENC   Sonata (originally for flute)
BEETHOVEN  Sonata no 4
BLOCH   Nigun (from Baal Shem Suite)
DVORAK Mazurka op. 49