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An extremely regarded pianist included within the Philips label’s Great Pianists from the 20th Hundred years series, Stephen Kovacevich is specially known for his original method of the typical classical repertoire. Prominent in his repertoire may be the music of such composers as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Grieg, Brahms, and Bartók, but he’s also an acclaimed interpreter of modern music, including Tippett’s Piano Concerto and Richard Rodney Bennett’s concerto (that was focused on Kovacevich). Created Stephen Bishop, he added his Croatian mother’s surname, Kovacevich, in 1975, simply in time in order to avoid misunderstandings with well-known singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop. Later on in his profession, however, he made a decision to make use of simply the Croatian surname. He performed his 1st concert in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, at age 11. When he was 14, he performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G main and Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A with the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Symphony Orchestra. In 1959, Kovacevich visited London, where he researched with Dame Myra Hess. An extremely influential instructor, Myra Hess identified and prompted Kovacevich’s affinity with Beethoven’s music, specially the functions form his past due period. On his London debut, in 1961, Kovacevich performed Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variants to enthusiastic evaluations. Pursuing his London triumph, Kovacevich embarked on an excellent international career, carrying out with many main orchestras and producing several acclaimed recordings, including famous shows with Martha Argerich and Jacqueline du Pré. Kovacevich, that has played most of Mozart’s concertos, can be known for his acclaimed group of Schubert’s and Beethoven’s sonatas. An especially memorable performance can be his interpretation of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Sawallisch, which received the 1993 Gramophone Honor. He comes with an special recording agreement with EMI International. In 1984, Kovacevich began a conducting profession, and it has since carried out the Austrialian Chamber Orchestra as well as the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Also known for his support of modern composers, Kovacevich commissioned Stephen Montague’s Southern Lament and performed the premiere in the 1997 Cheltenham International Music Festival. Also a instructor, Kovacevich has released a scholarly model of Schubert’s piano music.

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Full Name Stephen Kovacevich
Profession Pianist
Nationality American
Spouse Martha Argerich, Bernardine Bishop
Children Stéphanie Argerich, Matt Bishop, Foff Bishop
Music Songs Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat, Op.83: II. Allegro appassionata, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op.15: I. Maestoso, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat, Op.83: III. Andante, Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo, Piano Pieces, op. 118: II. Intermezzo. Andante teneramente, La plus que lente, Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -"Tempest" - 3. Allegretto, Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile, Allegretto in C minor D915, Trio for Clarinet, Viola & Piano in E-flat major, K. 498 "Kegelstatt": I. Andante, Intermezzo in C, Op. 119 No. 3, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 : 2. Adagio, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 2. Adagio un poco mosso, Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69: I. Allegro ma non tanto, Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": I. Allegro, Sonata in F Minor Op.2 No.1: I. Allegro, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto, Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, op. 24, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 3. Rondo, Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69: II. Allegro molto, Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 - 4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossen- heit, Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, op. 54: III. Allegro vivace, Piano Pieces, op. 119: I. Intermezzo. Adagio, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo, Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 1. Allegro, Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 467: II. Andante, Piano Sonata No 15 in D major Op.28 "Pastoral": Rondo - Allegro ma non troppo, Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 1. Allegro molto moderato, Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 3. Ballade in G Minor
Albums Klavierkonzerte, Piano Concertos Nos. 21, 25, Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Bach: Partita No. 4, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Chopin: Valses / Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, Emperor" Concerto, Piano Sonatas, Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4, Brahms: The Late Piano Music, Bagatellen, Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4, Beethoven : Piano Sonatas Opp.57, 54, 79 & 7, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 2, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 27, 28 & 32, Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op.10 Nos.1-3, Op.28 No.15, Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" / Grosse Fuge, Piano Sonatas Op. 10 & Op. 28, Klavierstücke, op. 119 / Fantasien, op. 116 / 3 Intermezzi, op. 117, Grieg & Schumann Piano Concertos, Bartók: The Piano Concertos; Violin Concerto No.2; Concerto for Orchestra, Cello Sonatas 3 & 5, Mozart For Your Mind, Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 D960, etc, Diabelli Variations, Piano Concerto nos. 2, 3, Piano Concerto no. 1 / Two Songs, op. 91, 4 Ballades, op. 10 / Scherzo, op. 4 / 8 Piano Pieces, op. 76, Piano Sonatas, op. 26, 49 & 109 / Bagatelles, op. 126, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp.53, 78 & 110, Music for 2 Pianos, The Complete Piano Sonatas, Stephen Kovacevich plays Beethoven, Piano Concertos, Peer Gynt / Piano Concerto, Favourite Piano Sonatas (disc 1), Beethoven: Complete Concertos Vol.1, Beethoven: The Piano Concertos; Diabelli Variations; Bagatelles; 8 Sonatas (6), The Late Piano Music / Handel and Paganini Variations, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor", Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor' & Piano Concerto No.4, Bartók: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3, Her Early BBC Recordings, Volume 1, Complete String Quintets / The Piano Quintet / The String Sextet, Grieg: Peer Gynt & Piano Concerto - by Classic FM: The Full Works, BBC Music, Volume 3, Number 12: Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Schubert: Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished", Brahms: Klavierkonzert Nr.2, Op.83 - Klavierstücke, Op.76, Music For Quiet Times, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 / Piano Sonata No.30, Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 61: Stephen Kovacevich II, Brahms: Piano Concertos
Movies Martha Argerich: Live at Verbier Festival: 2007-2008, Stephen Kovacevich: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas


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The Rezort 2015 performer: "Piano Concerto No. 5 In E Flat 'Emperor' Op. 73" - as Stephen Kovacevich
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 performer: "Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata"

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Argerich 2012 Documentary Himself
Les pianos de la nuit 2005 TV Series Himself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1977 TV Series Himself
Face the Music 1975 TV Series Himself - Guest

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