Piano - 20th Century
Franz Liszt - Alban Berg - Arnold Schönberg - Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Piano - 20th Century

Cathy Krier

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085533398
Catalog number: AVI 8553339
Releasedate: 16-10-15
- A young pianist shows the development of the 20th century Piano music from atonal to serial.

- There is the development from the latest Liszt works to the latest serial works of the late Schönberg

- Cathy Krier is one of the young pianists inspired by the Piano Music of the late 19th and early 20th centuary and selected by the Luxembourg committee for the “Raising Star 2015/2016” series, concerting through the 16 great European concert Halls.
The early 20th century is a period that fascinates me. The prevalent musical aesthetic was disrupted by a new generation of composers who maintained their roots in tradition, but felt a great desire to expand music's horizions: they formed a multitude of currents and embarked on a number of different paths, all driven by the idea of transfiguring everything they had previously known. For this album I have chosen to retrace the path originally taken by Arnold Schoenberg. Born in Vienna in 1874, Schoenberg had an atypical career. Upon his father's death, he had to leave school as the eldest sibling at the age of sixteen to take up a profession. As an autodidact he learned the essentials of composition by sight-reading great repertoire and by playing chamber music on the cello and the violin. Married to the sister of Alexander Zemlinsky, Schoenberg took some counterpoint lessons from that composer and soon started teaching harmony and counterpoint himself, from 1903 on. His
Born in Luxembourg in 1985, Cathy Krier began taking piano lessons at the Luxembourg Conservatoire
at the age of five. In 1999 she was admitted to Pavel Gililov’s masterclass at the Hochschule für Musik
und Tanz in Cologne; masterclasses with Robert Levin, Dominique Merlet, Homero Francesch and Andrea
Lucchesini were further stepping stones in her training as a professional pianist.
In 2005 she played at the inauguration of the Philharmonie Luxembourg and in 2007 at the «Luxembourg
and Greater Region – European Capital of Culture» opening ceremony. Besides her concerts at the
Philharmonie, she also makes regular appearances at the Bourglinster, Echternach International and
Musek am Syrdall Festivals in Luxembourg. Her international concert engagements include performances
in the United States, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Andorra, Spain, Italy, France and Belgium.
In addition to her work as a recitalist, Cathy has performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras.
At the age of 15 she recorded Beethoven’s G major concerto with the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber
Orchestra. Her first solo recording with Scarlatti, Haydn, Chopin, Dutilleux and Müllenbach was released
in 2008. Her 2013 recording featuring the piano works of Leoš Janáˇcek released by the German label
CAvi-music has been acclaimed by the international press (e.g. “Coup de coeur” of France Musique).
Her last CD, dedicated to Musica ricercata by György Ligeti and the Pièces de clavecin by Jean-Philippe
Rameau, (CAvi-music / Deutschlandfunk) has been recognized as a recording of reference (Wiener
Cathy Krier has been chosen “Rising Star” by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the
season 2015/16. In this context she will perform amongst others a piece written especially for her by
the renowned German composer Wolfgang Rihm.