September 24, 2022
French pianist Mathilde Handelsman played with the Great Bay Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of uplifting orchestral music. The program began with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, a work full of joyfulness, lyricism, and the composer’s unerring sense of drama. George Walker’s devastatingly beautiful Lyric for Strings is the composer’s reworking of the slow movement of his first string quartet, inspired by and dedicated to the memory of his grandmother. The concert concluded with Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky’s formidable masterpiece for strings, the Serenade in C Major.
Recognized for her unusual, imaginative, and refined interpretations, Mathilde Handelsman has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States. Recent festival performances include the Tanglewood Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, Wissembourg International Music Festival, and Pianofest in the Hamptons. In 2019, Sheva released her début solo album devoted to Claude Debussy.