Jason Hardink presents the Ives Concord Centennial Anniversary concert
with featured guest Claire Chase
6pm doors • 7pm show
Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata is often described as one of the greatest American piano works. Now, on the centennial of its creation, one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of our time presents the Ives Concord Centennial Anniversary Concert.
Jason Hardink, a pianist heralded by New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini for his “capacity for tenderness and grace”, along with guest flutist and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase, presents a night of music celebrating Charles Ives’ staggeringly complex masterwork. In addition to the Concord Sonata, Hardink will premiere a piece by Jason Eckardt which combines original music with reimagined passages from the sonata, commissioned expressly to commemorate its centennial.
This riveting evening exploring the daring modernism, political progressivism, and humor evident in Ives’s Concord Sonata promises to be a concert as illuminating as the music it honors.
A fearless interpreter of large-scale piano works both modern and historical, Jason Hardink’s recent repertoire includes the complete Michael Hersch The Vanishing Pavilions, Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, the Liszt Transcendental Etudes paired with the Boulez Notations, and Wolfgang Rihm’s numbered Klavierstücke, all of which he performs from memory.
His recent debut at Weill Recital Hall was lauded for its audacious programming and pianism, demonstrating both “abandon and remarkable clarity” (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times). David Wright of New York Classical Review called the recital an “analogous musical event” to Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of El Capitan, and Frank Daykin of New York Concert Review wrote “I want to emphasize how very impressive this recital was, and how un-routine the programming was.”
Recent performances include his debut at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music as the soloist in the North American premiere of Gerald Barry’s Piano Concerto with conductor Cristian Macelaru. Upcoming concerts include a performance of Michael Hersch’s The Vanishing Pavilions at Wien Modern, the complete Liszt Transcendental Etudesperformed on an 1852 Bösendorfer at Music in Context in Houston, and Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux étoiles… with the Utah Symphony.
Much sought after as a chamber musician, Mr Hardink has collaborated in recital with violinists Augustin Hadelich, Nicola Benedetti, and Phillip Setzer. His performances with Augustin Hadelich of Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major (Opus 30, No. 3) and the Divertimento from Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss were recently featured on Performance Today. He has appeared on chamber music series all over the US, including Music in Context, Fear No Music, Music on the Hill, Aperio Music of the Americas, Montana Chamber Music Society, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Hardink has performed solo works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms on period instruments, and he has toured Norway with violinist Tor Johan Bøen, performing the Grieg Sonatas for Violin and Piano on an 1853 Blüthner. He has performed concerti with conductors Donald Runnicles, Carlos Kalmar, and Brett Mitchell and regularly appears at the Grand Teton Music Festival every summer.
Mr Hardink has commissioned a number of piano works, including Thomas Osborne’s And the Waves Sing Because They Are Moving, Bruce Quaglia’s Passagio Scuro, and Inés Thiebaut’s concerto for piano and small ensemble, Hiraeth. Upcoming commission projects include new solo works by Jason Eckardt and Steve Roens. Recording projects include a recent performance of Saint-Saens’ Le carnaval des animaux with the Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer, and pianist Kimi Kawashima, to be released as a live recording on the Hyperion label. Upcoming recordings releases include Jason Eckardt’s pulse-echo with the JACK Quartet.
As Artistic Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series for 9 seasons, Mr Hardink’s programming vision regularly juxtaposed the standard works of the canon with music by living composers. While NOVA devoted a great deal of space to recent and commissioned works by Utah composers, the series also featured several multi-season cycles of music by important American composers. NOVA regularly presented music by Jason Eckardt for five seasons, with highlights including the Utah premiere of The Distance (This) featuring guest artists Tony Arnold and Steven Schick, and the world premiere of pulse-echo in 2014, a 20-minute work for piano and string quartet funded by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation. He devoted a great deal of attention to the music of Michael Hersch, a multi-season endeavor culminating in a weeklong 2018 festival featuring The Vanishing Pavilions, Last Autumn, and the chamber opera On the Threshold of Winter with guest artists Ah Young Hong and Tito Muñoz. His work with NOVA earned Hardink a 2016 Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award.
Mr Hardink has appeared as guest recitalist and adjudicator for both the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the Oberlin International Piano Competition. He has served as guest artist for the University of Utah Summer Chamber Music Workshop and the Idaho State University Summer Piano Institute. A native of Rhode Island and a graduate of both Oberlin Conservatory and the Shepherd School of Music, his former teachers include Robert Boberg and Sanford Margolis. Hardink holds a DMA from Rice University, where he studied with Brian Connelly; his Doctoral thesis “Messiaen and Plainchant” explores the varying levels of influence that Gregorian chant exerted on the music of Olivier Messiaen.
Mr Hardink resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he holds the position of Principal Keyboard with the Utah Symphony and serves on the piano faculty of Westminster College. He is married to pianist Kimi Kawashima, and they are parents of twin boys, Luc and Derek.
Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator, and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives, and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize.
In 2013 Chase launched Density 2036, a 23-year commissioning project to create an entirely new body of repertory for flute between 2014 and 2036, the centenary of Edgard Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5. Each season as part of the project, Chase premieres a new program of commissioned music, with six hours of new repertory created to date. In 2036, she will play a 24-hour marathon of all of the repertory created in the project. Chase will release world premiere recordings of the first four years of the Density cycle in collaboration with the producer Matias Tarnopolsky at Meyer Sound Laboratories in Berkeley, CA.
Jason Eckardt (b. 1971) played guitar in jazz and metal bands until, upon first hearing the music of Webern, he immediately devoted himself to composition. Since then, his music has been influenced by his interests in perceptual complexity, the physical and psychological dimensions of performance, political activism, and self-organizing processes in the natural world. He teaches composition at City University of New York’s Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, and lives in the Catskill Mountains.