Lang Lang Cancels Bethel Woods Inaugural Concert Due to Illness

Classic Arts News   Lang Lang Cancels Bethel Woods Inaugural Concert Due to Illness
Pianist Lang Lang has withdrawn from the July 1 inaugural concert at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts due to illness. He will be replaced by Alexander Kobrin.

Kobrin will perform Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (which Lang Lang was scheduled to play) with the New York Philharmonic at the opening of the new 4,800-seat summer pavilion, located on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival in upstate New York.

Kobrin, who is making his New York Philharmonic debut on June 29 as part of the orchestra's Summertime Classics series, won the gold medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2005.

His ensuing U.S. tour included performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra led by James Conlon. Next season he will make his Carnegie Hall, Dallas Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic debuts.

Born in Moscow in 1980, Kobrin began his piano studies at the Gnessin Music School, where he now a professor, at age five. In 1999 he won the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy, and in 2003 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory.

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