DCINY Presents 19-Century Piano Technique Expert Christina Kobb in her Carnegie Hall Debut

On February 24 at 8PM, DCINY presents 19th-century piano technique expert Christina Kobb in a performance of her program titled Keys to Romance. The Norwegian pianist and scholar makes her Carnegie Hall debut performing an evening of selected Romantic piano pieces including works by Schubert, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Grieg, and Liszt.

Christina Kobb, Head of Theory at Barratt Due Institute of Music (BDM) in Oslo, was featured last summer in The New York Times regarding her soon-to-be finished doctoral work on early piano technique at the Norwegian Academy of Music. For fifteen years, Kobb has been specializing in historical pianos and has developed a theory on how to reconstruct 19th-century piano technique, teaching herself from old manuals. Her research has shown a considerable change in piano technique over the past decade, and she is now showcasing the long lost piano technique as a performer and lecturer.

Kobb is the recipient of the Nils Larsen bequest 2016 (Nils Larsen's legat) and has also been sponsored by All Classical Portland for this upcoming performance.


C. SCHUMANN Toccatina from Soirées Musicales, Op.6
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A Minor, D. 537
GRIEG Vier Stücke, Op. 1
C. SCHUMANN Selections from 4 Pièces caractéristiques, Op.5
R. SCHUMANN Piano Sonata No. 1
R. SCHUMANN "Widmung," Op. 25, No. 1 (arr. Liszt)

More information about the concert: https://www.dciny.org/concerts/256120-2/
Tickets for the concert are now on sale from $50: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/2/24/0800/PM/Christina-Kobb-Piano/

About Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Founded in 2007 by Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith, with its first public concert presented in January of 2008, DCINY is a leading producer of dynamically-charged musical entertainment in renowned venues. With its unforgettable, world-class concert experiences, empowering educational programs, and global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes lives through the power of performance. Commemorating their 10th Anniversary season in 2018, DCINY is proud to have presented life-changing performances for over 40,000 performers and 170,000 audience members since its inception.

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About Christina Kobb

Christina holds degrees (Cand. Mag. in piano teaching, BA fortepiano performance) and MA from the Norwegian Academy of Music (NAM), Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (BA, MA (cum laude) of fortepiano performance, with teachers Bart van Oort and Stanley Hoogland, and was honoured to receive a one-year studentship to the renowned Cornell University to study with prof. Malcolm Bilson (2009/10). Christina has appeared at various occasions in Norway, England, The Netherlands and the U.S. with solo recitals and chamber music concerts. She is the proud recipient of Pianist Nils Larsen's bequest of 2016. Earlier in her career, she won the accompanist prize of 'The John Kerr Award for English song' (2006) at Finchcocks Musical Museum in Kent, England, and she received the 'Muzio Clementi Award' (2008). In 2007, she was awarded the coveted TICON scholarship.

For several years, Christina has been teaching classes at the Norwegian Academy of Music and she was appointed Head of Theory at Barratt Due Institute of Music (BDM) in Oslo in 2013. However, she recently left this position to pursue her performance and research career. Her teaching duties (master students, bachelor students and young talents) included music history, music analysis, music theory, historical performance practice, piano minor, and sometimes ear training, in addition to a popular course on Schubert's lieder.

Over the last years, Christina has presented her research at several international conferences and also developed a style of more informal lecture recitals aimed at the general, music loving audience. As a co-founder of the international online journal Music+Practice (www.musicandpractice.org), she develops her skills as a writer and editor.

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