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Set I: Fin de siècle

Daniel Hope, Music Director and Concertmaster
Maxim Lando, Piano
Simos Papanas, Guest Concertmaster
September 26-29, 2019


Ernest Chausson: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings
            Simos Papanas, violin
            Maxim Landos, piano

Edward Elgar: Chanson de Matin
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47
Christian Sinding: Adagio from Suite im alten Stil, Op. 10
Jules Massenet: Méditation from Thaïs
Arnold Schoenberg: Notturno for Strings and Harp
Richard Strauss: Morgen for Violin and Strings


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September 26, 2019 -- 7:30pm -- First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Berkeley

San Francisco

September 28, 2019 -- 7:30pm -- Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

San Rafael

September 29, 2019 -- 3:00pm -- Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael


New Century opens the season with a tapestry of works written during a period of pivotal artistic evolution at the turn of the 19th century. American teenage piano sensation Maxim Lando joins Daniel Hope for Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings alongside the music of Elgar, Strauss and Schoenberg. Greek violinist Simos Papanas appears as Guest Concertmaster. 


American pianist Maxim Lando has been described by Berkshire Fine Arts as having an “ever so clear approach to the keyboard, and the molding and shaping of phrases straight from the musical angels.” Maxim’s concerts and collaborations have brought him to the international stage, with invitations to perform spanning from across the globe.

In 2017 at the age of fourteen, Maxim performed Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra in Saint Petersburg. The concert was featured and received rave commentary on the popular Russian TV Kultura program Tzar’s Box. Maxim also had the great honor to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala Concert together with Lang Lang, Chick Corea, and the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in an unprecedented three-pianist rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. ZealNYC described the concert as “A ‘Rhapsody’ for the ages,” noting “the three highly individual artists achieved an astounding musical synergy.”

Performing as a duo with celebrity pianist Lang Lang, Maxim made additional critically acclaimed debuts this past season with Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, and China NCPA Orchestra. Other recent performance highlights include a concert with Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev, debut concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, collaborations with violinists Julian Rachlin and Daniel Hope on the Stars and Rising Stars series in Munich, and a performance for the historic Grand Opening of Steinway and Sons in Beijing. Maxim has also performed with the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazakh State Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as numerous other orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. In the 2019-20 season, he looks forward to a return performance with Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, as well as new collaborations with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic and Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

Maxim has just recently won First Prize at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. With this award he joins the roster of Young Concert Artists, and will also be presented in major New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston recital debuts next season. Other awards include Gold Medal at the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition, Audience Prize at the 2016 Musical Olympus Foundation Festival at Zankel Hall, and Gold Prize at the 2015 International Television Contest “Nutcracker” for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia.

 Maxim’s recent solo and chamber music concerts include notable venues and festivals such as the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Kissinger Sommer in Germany, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Dinard International Music Festival in France, Samos Young Artist Festival in Greece, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Chicago’s Millennium Park. A frequent guest artist in Russia, Maxim has performed at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Bolshoi Theater, VDNH Green Theater, Moscow International House of Music, Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, and the Moscow State Gallery of A. Shilov.

 Dedicated to making classical music accessible to his own generation, Maxim has been featured performing and talking about music on CNN’s Best of Quest, NPR’s From The Top, BR Klassik’s On Stage, Russian TV-Kultura, BBC Radio 4, WQXR, CNC News, as well as television talk shows in Italy, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Israel. He has filled in for Lang Lang, and performed a concert on one-day’s-notice with violinist Alissa Margulis at Music Fest Perugia in Italy (filling in for pianist Ilana Vered). A huge fan of Sing For Hope’s mission, Maxim was honored to serve as a last minute replacement for superstar Lea Salonga at the 2017 Sing For Hope Gala.

Maxim is an Artemisia Akademie Fellow at Yale University, an alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and a student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at Juilliard Pre-College.

He is extremely grateful for the scholarships and tutelage he has received from the Aspen Music Festival, Oxford Piano Festival, Music Fest Perugia, masterclass workshops of Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, Musical Olympus Foundation, Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and Juilliard Pre-College


Simos Papanas was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1979. At the age of 16 he had already completed his studies in violin and music theory at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki. By that time he had already been a first prize winner at various Greek musical competitions, as well as the competition of the Hellenic Mathematical Society. He holds a M.S. in Mathematics from Yale University, as well as B. Music and B.A. with highest honors in Mathematics from Oberlin College. He has won first prize at the American Bach Soloists baroque violin competition (2000), the Kaufmann award in violin and Orr prize in mathematics by Oberlin College, and well as the first position for a Benefactors Scholarship by the University of Cambridge. 

In 2002 we won the concertmaster position of the Thessaloniki State Symphony orchestra, and he settled in Greece. Along with his orchestral work, Simos Papanas is enjoying a successful career in Greece and abroad on both modern and baroque violins. His compositions for violin and chamber ensembles, as well as his music for theater, have been presented by important artists in Europe, Asia and America. In March 2009 he premiered his Violin Concerto with the Athens State Orchestra. His music for Izumi Ashizawa's experimental Noh Theater productions "Medusa" and "Blue Rocks", has been successfully presented at numerous international theatrical festivals (New York Fringe, Seattle, Tehran etc.), as well as the 22nd Tokyo Music Festival.

Along with violinist G. Demertzis and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, he has recorded for BIS the double violin concerto by N. Skalkottas. He has also recorded the 1st Violin Concerto of Dinos Constantinides (MAGNI).

Simos Papanas performed as a soloist with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Athens State Orchestra, the Orchestra of Patras, the Athens Camerata, the Greek National Radio Orchestra, the Bolshoi Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Germany Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Sofia Sinfonietta, the Orchestra of the Black Sea, the Debrecen Symphony Orchestra, the Cyprus State Orchestra and the New Hellenic Quartet. He has played concerts in the U.S., Canada, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, France, Norway, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, F.Y.R.O.M., Egypt, Brazil, China and Japan. He has given master classes at the Thuringische Sommerakademie, the Louisiana State University and numerous summer fesitvals in Greece.
Simos Papanas studied violin with Peter Arnaoudov, Stelios Kafantaris, Taras Gabora (Oberlin Conservatory), Erick Friedman (Yale School of Music), baroque violin with Marilyn Mc Donald (Oberlin), and composition with Christos Samaras.