A Trio of Young Pianists

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This week’s Young Artists Showcase features three young pianists all headed for greatness. Pianists Anna Han and Michael Davidman have not yet reached their 18th birthday, but they have already reached astounding artistic heights. From recent concert recordings, we’ve selected favorites by Granados, Liszt and Wagner.

The main event here is a not-often-heard piano quintet led by Sean Chen, featured in a Young Artists studio session two weeks ago. He was joined for Dohnanyi’s Opus No. 1 Piano Quintet by the YAS-alum Linden String Quartet: Catherine Cosbey and Sarah McElravy, violin; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello. Thanks to WFYI Indianapolis for the recording of a performance this past April at a recital for the American Pianists Association competition.

Program details:

Enrique Granados: "Maiden and the Nightingale" from Goyescas Suite
— Michael Davidman, piano.

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
— Michael Davidman, piano.

Richard Wagner (arr. Franz Liszt): "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde
— Anna Han, piano.

Ernő Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 1
— Sean Chen, piano; Linden String Quartet.

Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka in A minor
— Michael Davidman, piano.

All recorded live in recital.