Under the Influence

Miranda, Mozart, Brahms

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020 AT 8 P.M.

Darko Butorac, conductor

Sara Daneshpour, piano

The first concert in our Beethoven celebration features composers who inspired and were inspired by Beethoven. Brazilian composer Ronaldo Miranda’s Temporal Variations reimagines Beethoven’s motives in a 21st century setting. Mozart’s D-minor piano concerto foreshadows the stormy nature of his successor in the genre. Brahms’ First Symphony answers the question of what the symphony could say after Beethoven — in fact, it was dubbed Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony after its premiere.


Miranda: Temporal Variations
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20
Brahms: Symphony No. 1


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Sara Daneshpour


Sara Daneshpour is the third-prize winner of the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, along with the 2014 prize winner at the Seoul International Music Competition in Seoul, Korea, and 2013 Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. She is the first-prize winner of the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco, 2012), second-prize winner of the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, and first-prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition. She has studied under the direction of Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School, and Dr. Oleg Volkov. Her studies are continuing under Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2015.

Ms. Daneshpour has performed not only in her native city of Washington DC, but also throughout the U.S., Russia, Canada, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, France, Sweden, Spain, and Japan. She has been heard on stages of such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In addition, she has been featured nationwide on 160 public radio stations, including the venerable WGBH in Boston.

Ms. Daneshpour’s performances have earned high accolades of audiences and critics alike. The Washington Post wrote of her performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra “…she created transfixing poetry. And she found delightful details in passagework and incidents that other pianists treat as routine.” The Baltimore Sun stated that Sara “delivered a powerhouse account of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 producing enough tone for two pianists in the process”, while The Mercury News called her performance “…sensational. Strength, finesse, passion; it was all there.”

In addition, she has been featured as a soloist on prestigious music series including the Werner Richard Saal concert series in Munich, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strathmore Hall in Washington, DC, Ventura Festival, The Frederic Chopin Society in St. Paul, Minnesota, The Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, in which the New York Concert Review wrote,“ she lavished color on oft-nelected lines, illuminated subtle beauties, and raged through the storms, always with stunning polish…she exhibits all the requisites for a high voltage career and more: blazing technique, power, expressivity, imagination, and a lovely stage presence.“ Sara Daneshpour has recently joined the Astral Artists roster as a winner of its 2010 National Auditions.



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