We will celebrate the New Year with a special award presentation, followed by a performance of our 2017 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant Winner Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe. We will also present two exciting young soloists, American pianist Daniel Baer and Taiwanese violinist William Wei.
25-year-old French oboist Olivier Stankiewicz has been praised for his “astounding technique, rich sound, and mature artistry” (ResMusica). He is the principal oboist of the London Symphony Orchestra and winner of many prizes as soloist and chamber musicians in Europe and the United States. He will perform Francis Poulenc’s last work, his dramatic oboe sonata with pianist Johnathan Ware.
We will also present two exciting young artists:
Daniel Baer, hailed by the New York Times as a pianist who plays “with fluidity, flair, and sparkle... This was a virtuosic performance". Daniel will take us on a musical journey to Poland with performances by the great Polish composers Szymanowski and Chopin.
Violinist William Wei, laureate of numerous competitions, including the prestigious 2015 Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Belgium who will perform a delightful program featuring virtuoso works by French and Russian composers Faure, Debussy and Tchaikovksy.
Please join us after the concert for a delightful post-concert cocktail reception, where you will have a chance to meet and mingle with the artists.
Admission to this event is free for Salon de Virtuosi members, but reservations are required in advance as space is limited.
Please RSVP by January 19 to
Tickets for non-members are $100/person
New Year’s Concert
Congratulations again to our Career Grant winners, who presented a thrilling performance on October 17!
In Loving Memory
1914 - 2017
We usher in the Salon’s new season with a mix of emotions: deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support following the passing of my mother Charlotte White, Founder of the Salon, just a few months short of her 103rd birthday, and renewed dedication to fulfill her legacy by ensuring that the Salon continues to thrive.
My mother's message at her 100th birthday celebration was that the secret to a long life is not a special vitamin or exercise, but to have a reason to wake up in the morning and to have a passion. The Salon was her passion, and her mind never ceased thinking up new ideas for concerts she wanted to present, exciting young musicians she wanted to introduce, and ways to impart her vivid personal experience of how music truly unites us. She shared her abundant energy and passion with her family, friends and members of the Salon, and I know her light will continue to shine on
– Erika White
We are thrilled to announce that the following outstanding young musicians were selected as recipients of this year’s $5,000 Career Grants:
The Aizuri Quartet
Ania & Piotr Filochowski, violin duo
Ariel Horowitz, violin
Indrayuddh Majumder, sarod and Dibyarka Chatterjee, tabla
Asi Matathias, violin
Drew Petersen, piano*
Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe
Yun-Chin Zhou, piano
We extend our warmest congratulations to all of these remarkable young artists!
* Winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards
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Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
We are delighted to introduce our new Artistic Director, Lora Tchekoratova, who will ensure that the Salon continues to discover and present young musicians of the highest promise and caliber. A student of the great pianist Seymour Lipkin, Lora holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Juilliard and has been praised for her musical intensity and virtuosity. She also has extensive experience as a music pedagogue and concert presenter, with deep connections in both the classical music world and the diplomatic community. She is committed to continue Charlotte’s work and to honor and preserve her legacy for years to come, and looks forward to getting to know the members of the Salon community.
Additional Upcoming Concerts
We have many exciting and varied concerts planned for this season, featuring thrilling new young artists as well as special appearances by our outstanding Grant Winners. We hope you will join us!
December 14, 2017 at 7 PM
We usher in the holidays with our annual Holiday Concert at the lovely home of Lewis and Elizabeth Bryden at the Des Artistes Apartments, 1 West 67th Street.
Join us as we celebrate the season with the exciting Armenian pianist/composer Karen Hakobyan and the delightful Jazz Ensemble Peter and Will Anderson on saxophone and clarinet, accompanied by guitar.
NEW YEAR’S CONCERT
January 29, 2018 at 7 PM
We kick off the new year with a thrilling concert at Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, featuring oboist Olivier Stankiewicz, a 2017 Salon Career Grant winner, and introducing the sensitive pianist Daniel Baer and superb young violinist William Ching-Yi Wei.
We have many more exciting concerts planned for the spring. As our members know, each year we present concerts at elegant consulates and other diplomatic venues and we are now in the process of coordinating with our hosts’ diplomatic schedules. These events are always memorable and well worth waiting for! Stay tuned for more details for the following planned events:
THE MUSICAL SOUL OF HUNGARY
April 9, 2018 at 7 pm
Consulate General of Hungary, 227 East 52nd Street
Featuring the young Hungarian clarinetist Noemi Sallai, the exciting pianist Reed Tetzloff and a special guest appearance by the 2009 Salon Career Award Winner István Vardái, cello.
SPRING SONG FROM JAPAN
May 2018 — Date and artists TBA
EAST MEETS WEST
June 2018 — Date TBA
Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street
An encore performance by 2017 Salon Career Grant Winners Indrayuddh Majumder and Dibyarka Chatterjee (sarod and tabla), who will perform and receive their award, together with the Argus Quartet, current resident string quartet at the Juilliard School.
Special Bonus Concerts
As a special thank-you to our members, we are planning two bonus concerts for those who join for the entire season:
Return visit on November 7, 2017 to the Bohemian National Hall, located at 321 East 73rd Street, in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic presenting Matyas Novak, winner of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, together with other artists to be announced.
On February 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. we will host a special bonus concert for our members at the new Steinway Hall, featuring Janice Carissa, the up and coming young pianist from Indonesia, a scholar of the Lang Lang International Foundation and recipient of numerous awards and honors. In addition we will present the beautiful virtuoso violinist Danbi Um, who recently became a member of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Chamber Music Society II.
All concerts are followed by an elegant buffet dinner or cocktail reception
Please Join Us for our
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
NEW YEAR'S CONCERT
January 29 at 7 p.m.
Yamaha Piano Salon
689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor,
New York, NY
(Entrance on 54th Street)
VALENTINE BONUS CONCERT
at the New Steinway Hall
February 21 at 7 p.m.
1133 Avenue of the Americas
(Corner of 43rd Street)
Presenting two rising stars:
19-year old Indonesian pianist Janice Carissa, winner of numerous prizes and awards and a young scholar of the Lang Lang Music Foundation and protégé of Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald at The Curtis Institute
Danbi Um, violin and member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society II at Lincoln Center. Described by The Strad as “utterly dazzling,” with “a marvelous show of superb technique,” she will treat us to the sound of a 1683 Amati violin!
Light refreshments to follow the performance
Admission to the concert is free for Salon Members and $50/person for non-members.