Stephen Kovacevich, born 1940, might be the most under-rated pianist of his generation, which includes Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, and Richard Goode. He is among the most interesting living players of Beethoven, and is also tremendous in Brahms, Bartok, and Schubert. He has lived in England his whole adult life and doesn't play in the US that often, but if you keep your eyes open, you might be able to catch him here. I put together the following information through judicious use of Google and will try to keep it up to date.
Please note that I am not affiliated with Mr. Kovacevich or his managers, and they have no responsibility whatsoever for the information appearing on this Web page.
Mr. Kovacevich is managed by Van Walsum Management, London.
Van Walsum has a news page where information can be found about concerts by artists they manage.
Mr. Kovacevich's set of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas was published in the UK in October, 2003 and in the U.S. in January, 2004.
March 5, 2005. Orchestra of St. John's, John Lubbock, cond. Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, GB. "Emperor" Concerto.
March 10, 2005. Brahms First PC, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Joseph Swensen. Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
March 11, 2005. Brahms First PC, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Joseph Swensen conducting. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall,, Glasgow, Scotland.
March 12, 2005, Brahms First PC, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
March 16, 2005, solo recital, Warsaw, Poland, Royal Castle Grand Hall. Concert includes Schubert D. 960
March 19, 2005. Bordeaux, France, Grand Theatre de Bordeaux.Berg, Beethoven, Schubert.
March 24, 2005. Paris, France, Salle Gaveau. Berg, Beethoven, Schubert.
March 31, 2005. Aalborg, Denmark. Brahms Second PC, with Aalborg SO.
April 1, 2005. Danish Radio Concert Hall, Frederiksberg, Denmark. Brahms Second Pc, with the Aalborg So.
April 21, 22, 2005, Bergen Symphony Orch, Norway. Joseph Swensen, cond. Beethoven Third PC.
May 3, 4, 6, 7, 2005, Boston, MA. BSO concerts. Emperor concerto with Rafael Fruehbeck de Burgos conducting.
May 18, 21, 2005, Birmingham, UK, with City of Birmingham SO, Ilon Volkov conducting. Beethoven Fourth PC, Mahler 6th Symphony.
August 24, 26, 27, 2005. Sydney Symphony, Mozart piano concerto no. 24, Lorin Maazel conducting.
September 13, 2005. Solo recital, including Beethoven Op. 10, no. 1 and Op. 109; Schubert, D. 960.
August 8, 2003 - Beethoven 1 at Proms, in London, w/BBC Scottish SO
August 13, 2003 - EuroFestival, Stavanger, Norway
August 17, 2003 - Dichterliebe with pianist Garry Magee, EuroFestival, Stavanger, Norway
August 19, 2003 - Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, Beethoven cello sonata Op. 102, no. 2
August 20, 2003 - Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, Schubert Bb major sonata
Aug 21, 2003 - Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, Schumann violin sonata
Aug 22, 2003 - Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, Brahms piano quintet
Aug 23, 2003 - Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, a gala concert in which he may be participating
September 5, 2003 - Netherlands Symphony, Brahms PC #2
September 25, 2003 - Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven PC #1
October 11, 2003 - Bach, Beethoven and Schubert at the Wiltshire Music Centre
October 17, 18, & 19 - Portland, OR's PSU Piano Recital Series, a master class on the 17th, then two concerts of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert.
Oct. 21 & 22 - Montreal, Beethoven 1
November 21, 22, 23, 2003 - "Emperor" Concerto with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, at the Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo.
October, November, and December 2003 - Beethoven concerto cycle with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. To locate the exact dates and concerts, select October, November, or December in the "Search by Month" drop-down list.
Dec. 20, 2004 - Cologne, Cologne Phil.
January 7, 2004 - Seoul, South Korea, Seol Arts Center Concert Hall, an all-Beethoven program of 6 op. 126 Bagatelles, and the op. 27/2, op. 110, and op. 111 sonatas.
Between January 5 and 24, he gives 8 recitals in Japan; I've only been able to find details for the 1/7 concert in Seoul, South Korea and 1/19 in Japan.
January 19, 2004 - Kioi Hall, Japan. This page is in Japanese, so I cannot provide repertory information.
Feb. 7 & 9, Vancouver SO - Cond/play, Mozart 24, plus Beethoven symph. 4 & Wagner, Siegfried Idyll
February 13, 2004, New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art Piano Series, Beethoven, Bagatelles and Ops. 110 & 111; Schubert, Dances.
Feb 21-23 2004 - Houston, TX Mozart piano cto 18
February 29, 2004 - Thessaloniki, Greece, Ops. 110 & 111
March 1, 2004, Location? HSO
March 3, 2004 - Hanover, Germany, Houston Symphony, Mozart no. 18
March 7, 2004. Hanover, Germany, Royal Philharmonic Orch., Hans Graf, conducting, Mozart piano concerto 24, K. 491.
March 8, 2004 - Nuernberg, Germany, HSO
March 13, 2004 - Vienna, Austria, HSO
March 23, 2004 - someplace in Europe - same HSO program?
March 24, 2004 - Liverpool, England, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conducting Haydn symphony 83 and playing two Mozart piano concertos, K. 456 and K. 503
March 30, 2004, Paris, France, Salle Gaveau, the last three Beethoven sonatas
April 13, 2004, Istanbul, Turkey, ops. 110 and 111.
April 21, Warwick, University Arts Center, Beethoven 1st PC, plus conducts Mozart symphony no. 25 and Brahms symphony no. 3, w/London Mozart Players
April 22, Basingstoke, The Anvil, Beethoven 1st PC, plus conducts Mozart symphony no. 25 and Brahms symphony no. 3, w/London Mozart Players
April 23, London, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Beethoven 1st PC, Mozart 25th symphony, Brahms 3rd symphony
April 24, Fairfield? Croydon? England, Beethoven 1, plus conducts a couple of pieces w/London Mozart Players
April 30 & May 1 - Saint Paul, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven PC 1
May 9, 2004 - Teatro Ghione, Rome. Beethoven, op. 126, 110, 111.
May 12, 2004 - Beethoven 1st piano concerto, Orchestra della Toscana, Barberino del Mugello, Teatro Comunale
May 13, 2004 - Beethoven 1st piano concerto, Orchestra della Toscana, Teatro Verdi, Florence, Italy.
May 14, 2004 - Beethoven 1st piano concerto, Orchestra della Toscana, Poggibonsi, Basilica S. Lucchese.
May 20 & 22, 2004. Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the Orchestra of Sao Paulo, Brahms 1st piano concerto.
May 23, 2004, Sao Paulo, Brazil, chamber music including Mozart.
June 6, 2004. Geneva. Schubert & Beethoven.
June 12, 2004 - Nijmegen, Holland, Het Gelders Orkest, Beethoven.
June 25, 2004, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, with New Zealand SO, Beethoven 4th PC.
June 26, 2004, Wellington, New Zealand, with New Zealand SO, Beethoven 4th PC.
July 1, 2004. Hamilton, NZ.
July 3, 2004, Auckland, New Zealand, with New Zealand SO, Beethoven 4th PC.
July 8, 9, 10, 2004, Adelaide, Australia, with the Adelaide SO, Wagner (Siegfried Idyll) and Mozart (Piano concerto no. 24, K. 491 and Symphony 41, "Jupiter").
July 17, 2004. Gala Recital at Ribble Valley International Piano Week. Beethoven, selections from the op. 126 Bagatelles, op. 109; Schubert Sonata in Bb and German Dances D. 790. BBC lists this in a fashion suggesting some concerts of the festival may be broadcast live.
July 21-22, 2004. Dubrovnik Summer Art Academy - Master Class(es).
July 20, 2004. Recital, Dubrovnik.
August 7, 2004. Parc du Chateau de Florans, Provence, France. Beethoven, Op. 109, 110, 111.
August 14-21, 2004. Master classes at Dartington International Summer School.
October 16, 2004. Beethoven, Schubert. Reading, Berks.
October 20, 2004. International Piano Series, Royal Festival Hall, London. Beethoven (Op. 31, no. 2, "Tempest," Op. 109, & Schubert D. 960, Sonata in Bb major.
November 29, 2004. Beethoven, Weber, and Brahms with cellist Truls Mork, Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy.
December 4, 2004. Oslo, Norway. Orch. concert, including Beethoven.
January 20, 2005. Manchester, England. Brahms 1st PC with Halle Orchestra.
February 14, 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alain Lombard, cond. Beethoven Third PC, Haydn "Military" Symphony, Britten, Four Sea Interludes.
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