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In recital with
Hildegard Behrens:

at the Kimmel Center's
Perelman Theater


at the Met Museum's
Temple of Dendur


Rehearsing Cronaca del luogo




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KEN NODA
pianist

Ken Noda studied with renowned pianist/conductor DANIEL BARENBOIM and made his concert debut in London in 1979 with the maestro conducting the English Chamber Orchestra. He has since performed as soloist with the great orchestras of the world: the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Vienna, New York, Israel, and Los Angeles; the Symphony Orchestras of London, Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto and San Francisco; the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London - under such famed conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Rafael Kubelik, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Andre Previn.

He has also collaborated as chamber musician with James Levine (at two pianos), Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, and Nigel Kennedy; and as lieder accompanist to Kathleen Battle, Hildegard Behrens, Maria Ewing, Aprile Millo, Kurt Moll, Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, and Deborah Voigt.

In 1991, Ken Noda retired from a full-time performing career as concert pianist and became Musical Assistant to James Levine on the Artistic Administration of the Metropolitan Opera.  However, he continues to perform as accompanist to today's great vocal artists. At the Met, he devotes much of his time to the training of young singers in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, many of whom he has also performed with in recital at various venues throughout the US.1

Since l999, he has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and also teaches at the Renata Scotto Opera Academy at the invitation of Miss Scotto. He also performs chamber music and gives master classes at Juilliard, Yale, and at the Ravinia Festival/Steans Institute.

Below, enjoy 1) a video of his appearance on CBS Morning News with the late legendary soprano HILDEGARD BEHRENS on September 12, 1994 - the day before the PBS telecast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Richard Strauss' Elektra with Ms. Behrens in the title role.

 

HILDEGARD BEHRENS on CBS MORNING NEWS 1994


 

and 2) a video clip from his 1982 performance of Chopin's Nocturne No. 20 in C minor at the White House with renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman.

 

1For example, he performs a 2-piano version of Gershwin's "An American in Paris" on August 7, 2010 at music@menlo with fellow pianist Wu Han and Schumann's Dichterliebe with baritone Kelly Markgraf on August 10, 2010 at the La Jolla Music Society's Summerfest 2010.

See also:

Ken Noda and Hildegard Behrens at the Perelman Theater in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center

Ken Noda rehearsing Luciano Berio's Cronaca del luogo with
Hildegard Behrens

Lieder resounding in the Temple of Dendur


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