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Lars Anders Tomter, Viola
Nelson Padgett, Piano

December 5, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Church of Christ and St. Stephen's
(West 69th Street between Columbus and Broadway)

Admission: New York Viola Society members: free.
General Admission: $15. Seniors: $10. Students: $5.


Franz Schubert – Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano
Benjamin Britten – Lacrymae
Ragnar Söderlind - Friesiche Landschaft
Edvard Grieg – Sonata in A minor for Cello and Piano (arranged for viola by Lars Anders Tomter)

Piano courtesy of YAMAHA PIANOS

Lars Anders Tomter

About the Performers

One of today's outstanding violists, Lars Anders Tomter, “the giant of the Nordic viola (The Strad)”, was born in Hamar, Norway. He began his studies at the age of eight with the violin and later also took up the viola.

He studied violin and viola with Professor Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian State Academy, continuing his studies with Professor Max Rostal and with Sándor Vegh. He was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók's Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984 and went on to win the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986.

Lars Anders Tomter's international solo career started in 1987/1988 when he toured extensively in the United States and Germany with the prestigious Norwegian Chamber Orchestra under its director Iona Brown. Since then his appearances as a viola soloist have been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States, from the Vienna Musikverein to major venues in Scandinavia, Madrid, Budapest, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Paris, Prague, Rome, London, New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

Lars Anders Tomter has performed with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Hungarian State Philharmonic, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, KBS Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Danish National Radio and Swedish Radio Symphonies.

Conductors with whom he has worked together include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sylvain Cambreling, Dennis Russell Davies, Daniele Gatti, Manfred Honeck, Arvid Jansons, Okko Kamu, Dmitri Kitaenko, Ken Ichiro Kobayashi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ulf Schirmer, John Storgårds, Muhai Tang, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Hans Vonk. Lars Anders Tomter is a regular guest at important festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, BBC Proms, Mondseetage, Styriarte as well as at a number of festivals in Scandinavia. He is artistic director of the Norwegian Risør Chamber Music Festival. He has a large repertoire including all major contemporary works, and he has recorded for the Simax, Naxos, Virgin Classics, NMC, Somm and Chandos labels.

Engagements during recent seasons have seen Lars Anders Tomter at festivals such as Schubertiade, styriarte, Moritzburg, Delft, Verbier, and Schwetzingen. He appeared with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, with the Trio Jean Paul at the Konzerthaus Berlin, with the Oslo Philharmonic, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and has performed in Amsterdam, London, Montréal, Rotterdam, Seoul, Taipei and Sao Paulo.

Beginning with the 2008/2009 season Lars Anders Tomter has performed the new viola concerto "Illuminati" which Erkki-Sven Tüür wrote for him. The world premiere took place with the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, one of the concerto's co-commissioner's. The other co-commissioners are the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra ERSO, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, the Orchestre National de Lille, and Norsk Kulturråd. In July 2008 Lars Anders Tomter premiered the viola concerto written for him by Ragnar Söderlind at the Elverum Festival.

Lars Anders Tomter is a Professor at the State Academy in Oslo, supervising a number of Norway's most talented string players. He plays a Gasparo da Salo viola dated from 1590.

Born in North Carolina, Nelson Padgett began piano studies at age six and gave his first solo recital at age nine. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. His teachers have included Ruth Walters, Clifton Matthews, Anne Epperson, Ellen Mack, Leon Fleisher, Lee Luvisi, Gyorgy Sebok, and Menahem Pressler. Awards as a soloist include a Silver Medal at the William Kappell International Competition and a Beethoven Fellowship from the American Pianists Association.

Mr. Padgett has collaborated with Elmar Oliveira, Pinchas Zuckerman, Pamela Frank, Alexander Simionescu, Ilya Kaler, Vadim Repin, Nai-Yuan Hu, Nicholas Eanet, Aaron Berofsky, and from 2000-2007, he has been an official pianist at the famed Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York. He has performed in major venues around the world with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He records regularly for film and television, and can be heard on the Harmonia Mundi, EMI Classics, and Orange Mountain labels. Highlights of 2010 included a European tour with the Philip Glass Ensemble and a performance of all three Brahms Violin Sonatas in Weill Recital Hall.

Mr. Padgett is on the faculty of The Ridgewood (NJ) Conservatory, and teaches privately in New York City. He performs nearly every Friday and Saturday throughout the year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of Orion Music's Balcony Series.

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