Pianist/composer Stefan Litwin is acclaimed for his artistry at the keyboard and the depth and fire of his lecture-recitals. In this event, he performs and contemplates Charles Ives’s Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass” and his own composition, Thoreau’s Nightmare.
Stefan Litwin was born 1960 in Mexico City, studied piano, interpretation and composition in the United States and Switzerland. Litwin performs solo recitals and performances with renowned orchestras and conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Michael Gielen, and Marek Janowski. Litwin has performed chamber Music with Irvine Arditti, Kolja Blacher, Eduard Brunner, Bruno Canino, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, Alban Gerhardt, Ib Hausmann, Aurèle Nicolet, Michael Riessler, Gustav Rivinius, Christian Tetzlaff, Jörg Widmann, the Arditti-, Danel-, LaSalle-, Minguet -, Pellegrini Quartets, and Ensemble Resonanz. Litwin gives Lecture Recitals on numerous topics, including music by Beethoven, Ives, Nono, Sch0enberg, Schubert, and Schumann.
Litwin has performed Lieder with Claudia Barainsky, David Cordier, Rosemary Hardy, Henry Herford, Roland Hermann, Salome Kammer, Gisela May, David Moss, Sebastian Noack, and Yaron Windmüller. New Music Collaboration with composers Luciano Berio, Herbert Brün, Michael Gielen, Alexander Goehr, Johannes Kalitzke, Jonathan Kramer, Luigi Nono, Frederic Rzewski, Mathias Spahlinger, Jörg Widmann, Jürg Wyttenbach, and Hans Zender.
Litwin’s compositions include pieces for piano, orchestra and larger ensembles, as well as chamber and vocal music. In many cases his works focus on socio-political issues, whereby the ability to remember (as in ars memoria) is given an essential role.
Litwin has made numerous recordings, with television and radio productions in Europe and the United States. His CD recordings are for Deutsche Grammophon, Auvidis/Montaigne, Arte Nova telos, Cala records, cpo, col legno, hänssler.