Since the outset of his “Beethoven Journey,” Andsnes has not only performed Beethoven with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, but also as guest soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras.
This September he opens the new season with four performances of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas (Sep 10–13) and returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, where he and Gustavo Dudamel bring their three-season Beethoven cycle to a climactic conclusion with traversals of the “Emperor” Concerto and “Choral Fantasy” (Oct 9–12).
On hearing Andsnes play Beethoven’s First with the same forces, the Los Angeles Times noted: “His playing is exuberant. … He listens to the players and enters into dialogue with them. … There were marvelous intimate moments”; when they reunited for the Second and Fourth last season, the same journal found that “the two Beethoven concertos were in masterful hands.”
Source: Los Angeles Philharmonic