Pianist Sergio Tiempo will make his debut with the New York Philharmonic this week under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, performing Esteban Benzecry’s Piano Concerto Universos Infinitos at the David Geffen Hall of the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Sergio gave the premiere of Benzecry’s new work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Dudamel at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA last October, receiving stunning reviews:
“The concerto is dedicated to the virtuoso Venezuelan pianist Sergio Tiempo, who played it from memory, which seemed an impossibility. A catapulting Tiempo almost never stops for 30 minutes. The Steinway is subject to all you might ever want to subject it to. Phenomenal runs. Tone clusters banged out with the elbows. Percussive playing of the strings inside the instrument. Tiempo somehow made the impossible possible.” - Mark Swed, LA Times
“Dudamel’s performance of Universos infinitos achieved a combination of expansive musical imagination and when-worlds-collide momentum. And Tiempo played it with much virtuosic frazzle-dazzle...It’s a work that deserves a place in the contemporary repertory, though it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Tiempo being able to display its full range of fierce, take-no-prisoners dynamics.” - Jim Farber, San Francisco Classical Voice
Please see the details of the New York performances here; and read more about Benzecry’s Piano Concerto here. Follow the links to watch extracts of Sergio performing the firstand third movements of the piece.