Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Elias-Axel Pettersson Performs in NM

Pianist to Perform Concerts & Recitals:  Noted pianist and Albuquerque native Elias-Axel Pettersson will perform a series of concerts and recitals during his annual return to the Land of Enchantment.

Elias-Axel Pettersson
Born in Sweden and raised in New Mexico, Elias-Axel Pettersson began playing piano and violin at an early age. He studied piano and violin at the Eastman School of Music. He received a M.M. from the University of Maryland, and a Doctorate of Music (DM) from the Université de Montréal.

In 2008, Mr. Pettersson formed Duo Giocoso with French violinist Roland Arnassalon.  Their first album, released in 2011, features works by Beethoven, Janáček, and Franck. Mr. Pettersson has also collaborated with violinists David Felberg, Guillaume Tardif, Nune Melikyan, violist Henk Guittart, and Cantor Josh Perlman.

Mr. Pettersson’s doctoral thesis on Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is the foundation for a publication and performance edition. Mr. Pettersson has released two solo albums: a CD with works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Janáček, Musorgsky, and Scriabin (2007); Momentum (2010) featuring Liszt, Schubert, and Vine.  

Performance dates are:
Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 6:00 pm      Albuquerque Academy Alumni Concert
Sunday January 8, 2012 @ 10:30 am       Sunday Chatter (Church of Beethoven)
Saturday January 14, 2012 @ 7:00 pm     Robertson & Sons Violin Shop
Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 10:30 am     Sunday Chatter (Church of Beethoven)
Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 7:00 pm        Robertson & Sons Violin Shop
Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 3:00 pm        St John's College of Santa Fe

In the unlikely event that you are saying to yourself "Who is Elias-Axel Pettersson, and can he really play the piano?" - here is what Ralph Berkowitz (pianist and accompanist for Piatigorsky, and former Dean @ Tanglewood)  had to say about Mr Pettersson's skills:
"Pettersson is one of those rare musicians who can project his ideas from piano directly into the hearts and minds of his audience.  He possesses formidable technique and the marks of a genuine artist."
Just to nail this down, here is some audial and visual evidence, an excerpt from Mr Pettersson's final doctoral recital on September 21, 2011 in Salle Claude-Champagne (Université de Montréal).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Axel. When are you going to be performing in Montreal?