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March 19 - 20, 2014 | Lecture & Concert

  • Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court Washington DC, 20008 USA (map)

Friedrich Gulda - GENIUS and ENFANT TERRIBLE

"Many people consider my very existence a scandal. It's scandalous when someone constantly does things that ordinarily shouldn't be done. You don't play Mozart or Beethoven and go to jazz club two hours later. I don't lead a normal life. There are some things I just don't do although everyone else does. Anyone who thinks and lives as I do is a constant scandal. And when certain evenst make that obvious then it's obvious, that's all. Basically my whole life is a scandal." (Friedrich Gulda on himself)

The Austrian Cultural Forum proudly presents a two day festival dedicated to the composer and pianist Friedrich Gulda. Friedrich Gulda was arguably the most successful Viennese pianist of the mid 20th Century.  There is however no argument about his status as the most controversial figure during that same period. On the one hand he recorded the complete 32 Beethoven Sonatas three times, and performed and recorded most of the piano music of J.S. Bach and Mozart.  On the other hand he was just as quick to form a funk dance band, a bebop ensemble in New York, or write dark, reflective songs about what he viewed as the inevitable battle with depression faced by every Viennese artist. Gulda was an original crossover artist in an era when the mere idea of pairing jazz or pop music with Mozart and Beethoven was held in contempt.  From performing Beethoven’s 5th Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic to marching nude onstage while blowing a Renaissance era crumhorn, it may safely be said that in 1970, Gulda was driven by a concept of art that was ahead of his time.


March 19, 2014 7:30pm

Friedrich Gulda  - gifted classical pianist

Introduction to Friedrich Gulda | Recital by Christopher Hinterhuber

Hinterhuber studied with Alex Papenberg, Rudolf Kehrer, Lazar Berman, Avo Kouyoumdjian and Heinz Medjimorec at the University for Music and performing Arts in Vienna and the Accademia „Incontri col Maestro“ in Imola, Italy acquiring additional artistic input from such artists as Oleg Maisenberg and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He performed at the Carnegie Hall, New York and in all important musical centers in Europe. He plays frequently chamber music with many members of the Vienna Philharmonic includung concert masters Albena Danailova and Rainer Honeck and since 2013 he joined the Altenberg Piano Trio, which has its own series in the Musikverein in Vienna.

French Suite Nr. 5 G Major BWV 816 | J. S. Bach

Sonata C Major Op. 53 „Waldstein“ |  L. v. Beethoven    


Walzer-Paraphrase from "Die Fledermaus" | E. v. Dohnanyi

Sonate Nr. 3 f-minor Op, 14 "Concert sans orchestre" | R. Schumann


March 20, 2014 7:30pm

Spotlight on Friedrich Gulda

Pianist Burnett Thompson, a student in Vienna in the early 1970’s, will lead his colleagues in a revival of   the exciting bebop of the 1956 LP, “Friedrich Gulda Live at Birdland”,  the Gulda concept of  the Doors’ “Light My Fire”, the folk Lieder of Golowin,  a toccata for jazz piano, an astonishing Italian aria,  and music composed for a play based on Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”.  

The Ensemble

Lena Seikaly, Vocalist - Marty Nau, Saxophone/clarinet - Burnett Thompson, Pianist - Eric Wheeler, Double Bass - Lennie Robinson, Drums


Impromptu G flat Major D 899/3 | F. Schubert

Vienna Discussion | F. Gulda

Gustav der Letzte | F. Gulda

Light My Fire | The Doors/Gulda

Toccata | F. Gulda

Golowin | F. Gulda

Nina Carina | F. Gulda

Scruby | F. Gulda

Dodo | F. Gulda

Impromptu E flat Major D 899/2 | F. Schubert

When:  March 19 - 20, 2014 | 7:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court, 20008 Washington DC
Tickets: FREE
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