Beethoven's Emperor

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

January 12 & 13, 2018

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Giordano Bellincampi, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Major “Emperor”
Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Celebrate the New Year with a delightful program featuring two Viennese centerpieces. Proclaimed a “phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times, pianist Stewart Goodyear returns to Toledo to perform Beethoven’s magisterial “Emperor” Concerto. The grand, yet intimate Brahms Symphony No. 2 sends you off into the evening uplifted and refreshed.

Stewart Goodyear’s appearance is made possible through a generous gift from Bob and Sue Savage.


Proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Mr. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world , including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra (Leipzig),  Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony , Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor's degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his master's at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works.  This year, Mr. Goodyear premiered his suite for piano and orchestra, "Callaloo", with Kristjan Jarvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and in July of this year, the Clarosa Quartet will premiere his Piano Quartet commissioned by the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, the Mondavi Center, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

Mr. Goodyear's discography includes Beethoven's Complete Piano Sonatas (which received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Solo Recording in 2014) and Diabelli Variations for the Marquis Classics label, Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto and Grieg's Piano Concerto, and Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos No. 2 and 3, both recorded with the Czech National Symphony under Stanislav Bogunia and Hans Matthias Forster respectively, and released to critical acclaim on the Steinway and Sons label. His Rachmaninov recording received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Album for Soloist and Large Ensemble Accompaniment. Also for Steinway and Sons is Mr. Goodyear's recording of his own transcription of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker (Complete Ballet)", which was released October 2015 and was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best classical music recordings of 2015.

During the 2016-2017 season Goodyear performed recitals at the McCarter Theatre and the Phillips Collection, return engagements with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony, and made his debut at the Savannah Music Festival performing the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in one day.


Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia and Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Born in Italy and moving to Copenhagen at a young age, he began his career as a trombonist with the Royal Danish Orchestra before making his professional conducting debut in 1994.

Previously, he was the Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali, Milan, General Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic from 2012-2017, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera, Aarhus from 2005–2013, Music Director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000–2006, and between 1997 – 2000, he was also Chief Conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the leading contemporary ensemble in Denmark.

Bellincampi enjoys regular relationships as a guest with many orchestras around the world, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe, including the Royal Stockholm, Rotterdam, and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras and the St. Petersburg Symphony, and in North America, Asia, and Australia.

He also has excelled in the field of opera since making his debut with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen with “La Boheme” in 2000. He has since then conducted many of the great Italian works at the Royal Opera with particular focus on Puccini and Verdi, including leading its acclaimed new production of “Aida” at the opening of its new theater in 2005.

He also maintains close connections with many of the world’s leading opera singers, including Angela Gheorghiu, Joseph Calleja, and Roberto Alagna, regularly working with them in orchestral galas and recitals, as well as being a much-requested accompanist by leading instrumentalists such as Sarah Chang and Angela Hewitt.

Bellincampi’s extensive discography includes numerous recordings for the Da Capo and Marco Polo labels of Danish composers from the classical era through to the present day, including Holmboe, Lumbye, Joachim Andersen, Per Norgard, and the premiere recording of Weyse’s opera ‘Sovedrikken’, as well as Italian opera arias with Liping Zhang and the Prague Philharmonia, and Nielsen’s Thirds Symphony for EMI Classics, and works by Svendsen and Walton. His first recording with the Duisburg Philharmonic, featuring Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with soloist Kolja Blacher, was released in 2016.

As Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy, Bellincampi is dedicated to the work of educating coming generations of orchestra musicians and conductors. He also regularly gives master classes and serves as a jury member for a number of international conducting competitions.

 In 2010 he was created a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, an award bestowed by the Danish Royal Family for services to Danish culture. He also holds the title of Cavaliere from the President of Italy for his international promotion of Italian music.


Program Notes


Listen to Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto.

Watch Stewart Goodyear's exquisite technique on piano during his performance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Goodyear will join the TSO in Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto.

Check out the fourth movement of Brahms's Symphony No. 2.


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