The versatile and highly admired pianist and conductor Ian Hobson, whose playing has been described by Gramophone as “intensely alive to expressive nuance, textural clarity and elastic shaping,” continues his Robert Schumann Cycle recital series with a program entitled Carnival Jests. The Schumann cycle is devoted to all of the composer’s solo piano and chamber works with piano.
Intermezzi, Op. 4 (1832)
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 (1839)
Papillons, Op. 2 (1829-31)
Carnaval, Op. 9 (1834-35)
Pianist and conductor Ian Hobson—called “powerful and persuasive” by The New York Times—is recognized internationally for his command of an extraordinarily comprehensive repertoire, his consummate performances of the Romantic masters, his deft and idiomatic readings of neglected piano music old and new, and his assured conducting from both the piano and the podium.
In addition to being a celebrated performer, Mr. Hobson is a dedicated scholar and educator who has pioneered renewed interest in the music of such lesser known masters as Ignaz Moscheles and Johann Hummel. He has also been an effective advocate of works written expressly for him by a number of today’s noted composers, including Benjamin Lees, John Gardner, David Liptak, Alan Ridout, and Yehudi Wyner.