Sicklist: Late pianist switch at New York Philharmonic
May 21, 2015 by norman lebrecht
Jonathan Biss has pulled out of tonight’s Brahms piano concerto, and the rest of the weekend, ‘due to an arm injury suffered in a recent accident.’
He is replaced by Kirill Gerstein. The concerts mark conductor Susanna Mälkki’s debut with the NY Phil.
So here’s what happened.
Jonathan broke his arm last month. It has healed quite fast and he was able to play Mozart with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra last weekend, but not the Brahms D minor concerto in New York. As he puts it: ‘the Brahms D minor Concerto is nearly 50 minutes long and makes unusual demands in terms of power and stamina. My doctors and I felt that it would be safer to give my arm a bit more time before tackling such a mammoth work. The recovery is going very well, and I’m closer to full strength with every passing day!’
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