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Stephen Kovacevich distinguished classical pianist of Croatian origin in London
Born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, to a Croatian father and an American mother
Stephen Kovacevich, distinguished classical pianist
Stephen Kovacevich - Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 24 - Verbier Festival 2014
Stephen Kovacevich was born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, to a Croatian father and an American mother. When his mother remarried, his name was changed to Stephen Bishop, the name under which he performed in his early career. He later discovered that he was often being confused with the singer and guitarist Stephen Bishop. To avoid the confusion, he began performing as Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich and later simply as Stephen Kovacevich.
He made his concert debut as a pianist at the age of 11; then, at the age of 18 he moved to London to study under Dame Myra Hess on a scholarship and has been a London resident ever since, currently living in Hampstead. In 1961 he made a sensational European debut at the Wigmore Hall, playing the Sonata by Alban Berg, three Bach Preludes and Fugues and Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. He also toured Britain with Jacqueline du Pré.
From 1961 to 1967 he was married to novelist and psychotherapist Bernardine Bishop née Wall, who died in 2013. They had two sons, Matt Bishop (a director of the McLaren Formula 1 team) and Foff Bishop (a West Sussex fireman).
In 1967, he made his New York debut and since then he has toured Europe, the United States, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
As a soloist and conductor, he has frequently performed and recorded works by, amongst others, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Bartók.
He has directed the London Mozart Players, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in this way. His chamber music partners have included Jacqueline du Pré, Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Nigel Kennedy, Lynn Harrell, Sarah Chang, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon and Emmanuel Pahud.
He has given master classes and recitals at Dartington International Summer School for many years.
LISINSKI SUBOTOM: STEPHEN KOVACEVICH - MAJSTOR KOJEM SE MORAMO DIVITI
Koncert u povodu umjetnikova 75. rođendana
10. listopad 2015
Od svoje jedanaeste godine, kad je debitirao, pijanist Stephen Kovacevich izgradio je respektabilnu karijeru tijekom koje je osvojio ljubitelje glazbe diljem svijeta. Koncertirao je u gotovo svim zemljama Europe, Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama, na Dalekom istoku, u Australiji, Novom Zelandu i Južnoj Americi. Kao dirigent i pijanist ravnao je mnogim uglednim ansamblima, a osobito su vrijedne njegove suradnje s drugim vrhunskim solistima, kao što su Jacqueline du Pré, Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Nigel Kennedy, Lynn Harrell, Sarah Chang, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon i Emmanuel Pahud. S pretplatnicima ciklusa Lisinski subotom taj veličanstveni glazbenik koji uživa nepodijeljeno divljenje kritike za interpretacije Beethovena, Brahmsa, Mozarta i Schuberta, proslavit će svoj 75. rođendan! Dakako, za klavirom!
Kovacevich je majstor kojem se moramo diviti; vjeran duhu glazbe koju izvodi, no uvijek individualac. Njegovo pijanističko umijeće počiva na tonu oblikovanom poput skulpture, preuzimanju rizika, krajnjoj usredotočenosti i jedinstveno privlačnom dodiru klavijature. The Observer
Program: Stephen Kovacevich – The Past, The Pedals & The Future: A Life at the Keys - projekcija filma
*** F. Schubert: Moments Musicaux br.6 u As - duru D780 L. Van Beethoven: Šest Bagatela, Op.126 br. 1 & 6 L. Van Beethoven: Sonata za glasovir u As - duru Op. 110 br. 31
*** F. Schubert: Sonata za glasovir u B - duru D960
SATURDAY AT LISINSKI: STEPHEN KOVACEVICH - MASTER TO BE ADMIRED
75th Birthday Celebration Concert
10 October 2015
At the age of eleven the pianist Stephen Bishop Kovachevich made his public concert debut and since then he has built a respectable career and has captured the hearts of music lovers throughout the world. He performed in almost all the countries in Europe, the United States, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and South America. As conductor and pianist he collaborated with many celebrated ensembles and particularly valuable are his collaborations with other remarkable soloists including Jacqueline du Pré, Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Nigel Kennedy, Lynn Harrell, Sarah Chang, Gautier Capuçon and Emmanuel Pahud. This magnificent musician, who enjoys unanimous admiration of the critics for his interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert, will celebrate its 75th birthday with the subscribers of the Saturday at Lisinski series! On a piano, of course!
Stephen Kovacevich is a master to be admired; faithful to the spirit of the music yet always individual, his pianistic artistry reside in his sculpted sound…. utmost focus and uniquely attractive, variegated touch. The Observer
Program: Stephen Kovacevich – The Past, The Pedals & The Future: A Life at the Keys - film
*** F. Schubert: Moment Musicaux No.6 in A flat Major D780 L. Van Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op.126 no. 1 & 6 L. Van Beethoven: Piano Sontata in As major No. 31, Op 110
*** F. Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat Major D960
Stephen Kovacevich i Vedrana Šimić uz Simfonijski orkestar HRT-a pod ravnanjem Pavla Dešpalja - V. Lisinski 13. prosinca 2012.
Stephen Kovacevich bio je gost koncerta Majstorskog ciklusa održanog 13. prosinca 2012. Na programu su bila djela: Richard Wagner: Preludij i Izoldina ljubavna smrt; Stjepan Šulek: 3. simfonija i Ludwig van Beethoven: 4. koncert za klavir i orkestar u G-duru, op. 58. Našem su se orkestru ovaj put pridružila dvojica glazbenih veterana i mlada zvijezda: počasni šef dirigent - maestro Pavle Dešpalj, američki pijanist hrvatskog podrijetla sa stalnom adresom u Londonu Stephen Kovacevich, te sopranistica koja se školovala u Sarajevu i Zagrebu - Vedrana Šimić.
Many thanks to Vesna Blažina for her kind information about Stephen Kovacevich.
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