• Pamela Froman

The iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates 2019

The iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates is a concert series that showcases classical music, creating evocative and emotional moments. iPalpiti Artists International was founded in 1997 by Maestro Eduard and Laura Schmieder, who are internationally renowned violinists and music educators. iPalpiti works to discover and promote gifted young professional musicians from all over the world.

Presented by iPalpiti Artists International, twenty-four select international laureates from 22 countries will arrive for its annual festival. Under the direction of Maestro Eduard Schmieder, this acclaimed ensemble of soloists is often referred to as the "United Nations of Classical Music." This year, the festival takes place from July 10 to July 20.

Highlights this season include world premieres: "Harmony" by Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (known for her collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet, Berlin and Concertgebouw orchestras, etc), and "Fantasia Hungariana" arrangement of Brahms dances by Sergei Dreznin for iPalpiti orchestra and French Trio Zadig.

As Festival's composer-in-residence, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh will give a master class /performance on June 18. Festival's ensemble-in-residence critically praised Trio Zadig (with impressive 11 international competition prizes) will perform trios of Rachmaninov, Ravel, Bernstein, Mendelssohn as well as solo and as members of iPalpiti. iPalpiti soloists will play Rimsky-Korsakov string sextet, which is the first time it will be heard in Los Angeles.

The grand finale of The iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates is at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 20. You can see and hear Ali-Zadeh performing "Harmony" with iPalpiti orchestra and Maestro Eduard Schmieder as well as the performance of Beethoven that Beethoven Never Heard featuring String Symphony after Kreuzer Sonata by Beethoven.

"I am very pleased that thanks to the wonderful initiative and kind invitation by Laura and Maestro Eduard Schmieder, music from the shores of the Caspian Sea will be heard in Los Angeles. It is my sincere wish and hope that the audiences of the Festival will appreciate the melodic beauty and spirited rhythms of distant Azerbaijan and that the harmony of musical colors will create for them a vivid and panoramic image of my homeland. Using the form of a fantasy for the chamber orchestra and a group of percussion instruments, I have attempted to express a variety of timbre colors, characters, and emotions that are characteristic of our Eastern view of life," says Ali-Zadeh.

Beethoven that Beethoven Never Heard featuring String Symphony after Kreuzer Sonata by Beethoven is well known among Beethoven's chamber compositions and is notable for its technical difficulties, unusual length, and emotional scope. However, unusual circumstances surround this composition.

Originally, the sonata was dedicated to the violinist George Bridgetower. The dedication is preserved in an autograph in the Archives of Ludwig van Beethoven. There are many versions of why, in print, it was dedicated not to Bridgetower but to Kreutzer.

The most common story: After the premiere of the sonata, during which Beethoven played the piano and Bridgetower (unprepared for the performance) played the violin, Bridgetower, in an argument with Beethoven, insulted a young lady whom Beethoven held in high regard. Angrily, Beethoven removed the initial dedication and re-dedicated the sonata to a popular French violinist, Rodolfe Kreutzer. Kreutzer never performed the sonata, which he considered "outrageously unintelligible," and Beethoven, frustrated at being unable to hear this music (as it turned out, never in his lifetime in the original version), began to rearrange the composition for string quintet.

In 1832, five years after the composer's death, German music publisher Nikolaus Simrock published the work as an anonymous arrangement for string quintet, which possibly was made by Beethoven himself with the involvement of his friend, pupil, and assistant Ferdinand Ries. Later, the sonata became popular, thanks to the novella by Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata.

You will hear this immortal composition in the iPalpiti rendition, which follows the violin sonata faithfully.

Tickets range from $10 - $180. For the Disney Concert Hall performance, tickets are available through iPalpiti or at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office. For ALL 2019 festival and gala tickets, or to donate to the organization, please call (310) 205-0511 or visit

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