Monterey Symphony - Featuring Pianist Michael Davidman

I can’t remember when I have enjoyed a performance of a Mozart piano concerto as much as I did the dazzling, charming performance we heard last night by 20-year-old Michael Davidman, a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. We heard Davidman in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467.

Davidman made it all look very easy, which, of course, it is not. Davidman’s technique is so beautifully controlled you were never aware of the inherent difficulties he was overcoming. This was music making "au natural". He made the concerto sound fresh and spontaneous, he made the lyricism of the Andante movement sweet and seductive, and he performed the Presto final movement (with its spirited dialogs back and forth between the orchestra and piano) so magnificently it brought the audience to its feet with wild applause. Davidman rewarded the audience with one encore — his own arrangement, improvised on the spot, of the aria Vissi d’arte from Puccini’s Tosca.

Peninsula Reviews by Lyn Bronson, Editor
Monterey Symphony, March 18, 2018

Penninsula Reviews - Monterey, CA
Miroirs CA, The Classical Music Journal - Jerome Lowenthal Masterclass at The Music Academy of the West
Included in the mix was the standout twenty year-old Michael Davidman who studies at the Curtis Institute – a talent to watch. His account of Rachmaninoff’s complex and quirky sonata Op. 36 (1931 version) was electrifying for its sweeping yet refined sentimentality and pyrotechnical prowess of which he tossed off fiendishly difficult passagework with great finesse – and a few gasps were even heard from the spellbound audience.

Lowenthal’s comments brought out the best response in Davidman and all the players as he talked about the aesthetics of interpretation using wry humor, story telling, historical insights, aphorisms and at the piano illustration – of which the vast piano literature seemed at his command. There was also a small on stage screen that projected a close-up of performers hands.

Leonne Lewis, June 21, 2017
Miroirs CA - The Classical Music Journal
Classical Concert Reviews - The Classical Music Guide
A review by Donald Isler of Michael Davidman's Solo Recital on July 30th, 2014 at the Summit Music Festival:

In addition to the solo and chamber music concerts by its artist faculty, the Summit Music Festival presents recitals by some of its extraordinary students, such as the one last night by 17-year-old pianist Michael Davidman - click "read more" below to continue
Curtis Symphony Orchestra at the Kimmel Center - "Curtis Orchestra in a Star-Spangled Banner of a different stripe"
Review by Peter Dobrin, Culture Writer The Philadelphia Inquirer
Published: October 10, 2016

The phenomenon was emphasized by a high level of playing: a wild trombone solo by János Sutyák, the incredible facility of pianist Michael Davidman, the hushed section of pastoral drumbeats and winds, and the silken sound of flutist Emma Resmini (in her standing solo).
Classical Concert Reviews - The Classical Music Guide
A review by Donald Isler of Michael Davidman's Solo Recital on July 24th, 2015 at the Summit Music Festival:

In addition to the solo and chamber music concerts by its artist faculty, the Summit Music Festival presents recitals by some of its extraordinary students, such as the one last night by 18-year-old pianist Michael Davidman - click "read more" below to continue
Music@Menlo Review
Review by Keith Kreitman:
San Mateo Journal - of violinist Stephen Waarts and pianist Michael Davidman when they were 11 years old performing Mozart's Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K.454 in Stent Family Hall - as part of the Koret Young Artists program at the 2008 Music at Menlo Music Festival in California.
San Mateo Journal
Lang Lang 2010 Manhattan School of Music Masterclass
Review by Julian Gargiulo:
Michael auditioned for the 2010 Lang Lang Masterclass along with 18 Manhattan School of Music precollege pianists. Two were chosen from the precollege: Drew Petersen (16) and Michael Davidman (13). Four were chosen from the college: Yinfei Wang, Adam Kosmieja, Patricio Molina, and Xu Han.

The program and video of Lang Lang and Michael can be found on this Web Site under "Videos".
Mostly Classical Column - - The Caymen Islands News Service
New York Concerti Sinfonietta Focuses on Ireland
Early Rachmaninoff
Weill Hall May 3, 2015

Rachmaninoff’s “Trio élégaique” No. 1 in G Minor, a rarity in the concert hall, is one of the composer’s earliest works, written when he was 19 and published posthumously. Consisting of a single movement, it was played here by a one-off trio assembled for the occasion, comprising Michael Davidman, piano; Hannah Tarley, violin; and Eddie Pogossian, cello.

Rachmaninoff’s “Trio élégaique” performed by 2015 First Prize Winner Hannah Tarley, violin, with pianist Michael Davidman, MSM Precollege student headed for Curtis this fall, and cellist Eddie Pogossian, a Kovner Fellow at The Juilliard School. (Mark Minaly).

The three were well matched. Davidman gave a powerful, massive account of the thickly textured piano part on the Steinway 9-foot concert grand piano. The string players contributed beautifully shaded playing in the quiet passages, but stepped-up to match the assertiveness of the piano in the climaxes.

By Michael Sherwin | May 14, 2015
The Epoch Times
The Classical Music Guide
Review by Donald Isler:
Live performance of (Verdi-Liszt) Concert paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434, (Gounod-Liszt) Waltz from Faust, Concert Paraphrase S. 407, and Donizetti-Liszt) Reminiscences de Lucia Lamermoore, S. 397.
Recorded: 10/12/13, Binghamton, NY.
The Classical Music Guide
Michael at Ido Sushi
Review by: Jon Montgomery, June 2008
Michael played piano on Opera Night at Ido Sushi in Greenwich Village for at least eight years.
Classical Corner
The Salon
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Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major, op. 27, no. 2
Chopin: Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, op. 68, no. 4
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor
Chopin: Andante spianato et grand polonaise brillante, Op. 22
Liszt: Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no 1 for Piano, S 514 "Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke"
Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Liszt: Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, op. 67, no. 4
Puccini: Tosca: "Vissi d'Arte"
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
Granados: Goyescas: Los Requiebros
Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7
Haydn: Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20
Bach: Prelude and Fugue no 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Rachmaninov: Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Chopin: Etude Op.25, No. 11 "Winter Wind"



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