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Concert: La calle de los pianistas

Americas Society

March 16, 2016


(Image courtesy of La calle de los pianistas.)

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Admission: FREE for AS and YPA Members; $20 for non-members. No additional fees will be charged when purchasing online. $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the door for students and seniors with ID.

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Music of the Americas presents a duo performance by Karin Lechner and her daughter, Natasha Binder, who were primary subjects of the documentary La calle de los pianistas, the feature film directorial debut of Mariano Nante, which focuses on a small street in Belgium on which Martha Argerich and a family of four generations of concert pianists live. 


Darius Milhaud "Brazileira" from Scaramouche for 2 pianos
Maurice Ravel Ma mère l'oye for piano 4 hands
J.S. Bach "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" arr. Myra Hess for 2 pianos
Georges Bizet Jeux d'enfants for piano 4 hands
Franz Schubert Fantasia for piano 4 hands
Pablo Ziegler Tangos for 2 pianos


About the artists

Karin Lechner (b. Buenos Aires) spent most of her youth in Caracas, Venezuela, where she began her musical studies with her mother, Lyl Tiempo. She made her first public appearance at the age of five, and her debut with orchestra when she was 11. She moved to Europe and continued her piano studies with Maria Curcio and Pierre Sancan and also received training from Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Daniel Barenboim, Nikita Magaloff, and Rafael Orozco. At age 13, Karin Lechner performed in Washington, DC and appeared at the opening concert of the Holland Festival with the Amsterdam Philharmonic (Concertgebouw). She has since undertaken an active international career, performing throughout Europe with frequent appearances in the United States, Latin America, and Japan. Lechner has performed in major concert halls all over the world, including the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonie (Berlin), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), and Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires). She has participated in festivals at Menton, Toulouse, Montpellier, Colorado, Verbier, Lugano, and Schlesswig-Holstein. Lechner frequently collaborates with other distinguished artists in chamber music performances, such as Argerich, Janos Starker, Barbara Hendricks, and Viktoria Mullova; she regularly performs two-piano music with her brother, Sergio Tiempo, with whom she forms a permanent duo and has recorded several CDs. She recently played recitals with Mischa Maisky in Spain and Germany, as well as the Salzburg Festival. Lechner made her first record at age 13 featuring works by Bach, Schumann, and Chopin (EMI); at 15 she recorded the Beethoven first piano concerto and Mozart K. 467 (CBS). She subsequently recorded Mozart piano concertos K. 413, 414, and 415 with the Franciscan Quartet, and recorded two albums of Brahms piano concerti with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Natasha Binder (b. 2000) had her concerto debut at age 10 in London with Mozart's K. 467, swiftly followed by Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 1 at Teatro Colón, for which she received two standing ovations. She has since performed the Ravel and Liszt concerti at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), and participated several times in the Festival di Pietrasanta (Italy), organized by Michael Guttman. 


Trailer for La calle de los pianistas (2015).

Natasha Binder in rehearsal.