Eastern Chamber Players
EMF Monday Chamber Series
Misha Dichter, piano
Cipa Dichter, piano
Allegro ma non tanto
Dumka Andante con moto
Scherzo-Furiant. Molto vivace - Poco tranquillo
Jeffry Multer, violin
Shawn Weil, violin
Ben Geller, viola
Julian Schwarz, cello
Misha Dichter, piano
MISHA DICHTER traces his musical heritage to the two great pianistic traditions of the 20th century: the Russian Romantic School as personified by Rosina Lhevinne, his mentor at The Juilliard School, and the German Classical style that was passed on to him by Aube Tzerko, a pupil of Artur Schnabel. Mr. Dichter reveals this dual legacy in his solo recitals and appearances with virtually all the world’s major orchestras, performing the grand virtuoso compositions of Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, as well as music from the central German-Viennese repertoire – works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms.
Mr. Dichter’s acclaimed recordings for Philips, RCA, MusicMasters and Koch Classics further illustrate his musical interests. They include the Brahms piano concerti with Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Brahms solo works including the Handel Variations, Beethoven piano sonatas, the complete Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies, the Liszt Piano Concerti with André Previn and the Pittsburgh Symphony and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Neville Marriner and the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as music of Chopin, Mussorgsky, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. A noted exponent of Liszt’s piano works and a champion of the composer’s forward-looking contributions to the development of music, Mr. Dichter was honored in 1998 with the “Grand Prix International du Disque Liszt,” presented for his Phillips recording of Liszt piano transcriptions.
Mr. Dichter’s first recording with Cipa Dichter is a three-CD album of Mozart’s complete piano works for four hands on the Musical Heritage Society label. American Record Guide called the recording “an unmitigated delight,” and Music Web International named the album a 2005 “Record of the Year.”
Mr. Dichter was born in Shanghai in 1945, his Polish parents having fled Poland at the outbreak of World War II. He moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of 2 and began piano lessons four years later. In addition to his keyboard studies with Aube Tzerko, Mr. Dichter studied composition and analysis with Leonard Stein. He subsequently came to New York to work with Mme. Lhevinne at The Juilliard School.
At the age of 20, while still enrolled at Juilliard, he entered the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where his choice of repertoire – music of Schubert and Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky – reflected the two major influences on his musical development. Dichter’s stunning triumph at that competition launched his international career. Almost immediately thereafter, he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Tanglewood with Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony, a concert that was nationally broadcast live on NBC and recorded for RCA. In 1968, Dichter made his debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, performing this same concerto.
Mr. Dichter is an avid tennis player and jogger, as well as a talented sketch artist. His drawings have been exhibited in New York art galleries. Mr. Dichter lives in New York City with his wife, pianist CIPA DICHTER. The Dichters have two grown sons.
Pianist Cipa Dichter studied at The Juilliard School as a student of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne and made her first joint appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1972. Since then, Mrs. Dichter has performed in recital and with major orchestras throughout the world and has brought to the concert stage many previously neglected works of the two-piano and piano-four-hand repertoires. They include the world premieres of Robert Starer's Concerto for Two Pianos, the first movement of Shostakovich’s two-piano version of Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar), and Mendelssohn's own four-hand setting of his “Seven Songs Without Words,” Op. 62 and Op. 67, commemorating the composer's 200th birthday. Cipa Dichter's North American engagements have included recitals in all of the major cities in the United States and Canada, as well as appearances with the symphonies of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. Abroad, Mrs. Dichter has performed in the music capitals of France, Germany, Holland, Spain, and Switzerland. Mrs. Dichter performs regularly at many leading summer festivals, including Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Caramoor, and the Mann Center. Following a concert by the Dichters at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, The New York Times declared: "One was struck not only by the synchronism of their musical impulses but also by the vigor and elegance of the execution." Mrs. Dichter was born in Brazil of Polish-Russian parents and had her first piano lessons at the age of six. She made her professional debut at 16 with the Symphony Orchestra of Brazil and came to the United States to study at The Juilliard School shortly thereafter. Mrs. Dichter lives in New York City and has two grown sons.
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