Wednesday 11.10.2023 19:00 — 21:00
ArtLab Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Piano Concert "Magical Machines"

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We cordially invite you to the third concert in our "Ligeti 100" series.

In 2023, the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics will join the music world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of György Ligeti’s birth, with a series of four lecture-concerts during the year. The events will present several of Ligeti’s most important works, including his complete piano music, performed by the Institute’s Director Fredrik Ullén, who made the world première recording of Ligeti’s second book of piano etudes.

Part 03: Magical Machines

Wednesday, October 11, 7 p.m., ArtLab concert hall / Livestream on YouTube


Introduction by Fredrik Ullén: "Ligeti, Nancarrow and Musical Machines."

György Ligeti: Musica Ricercata

Piano: Fredrik Ullén

I. Sostenuto - Misurato - Prestissimo

II. Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale

III. Allegro con spirito

IV. Tempo de Valse

V. Rubato. Lamentoso

VI. Allegro molto capriccioso

VII. Cantabile, molto legato

VIII. Vivace. Energico

IX. Adagio. Mesto - Allegro maestoso

X. Vivace. Capriccioso

XI. Andante misurato e tranquillo


Conlon Nancarrow:

Study for Player Piano No. 11

Study for Player Piano No. 20

Study for Player Piano No. 21

The event will be held in English. After the concert the on-site audience is cordially invited to a small reception with drinks and snacks. The concert will take about one hour. Admission is free. Due to the limited number of seats, we kindly ask you to register in advance at under this link.

The concert will be streamed in parallel on the MPIEA's YouTube channel.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail or by phone at 069 8300479-652.

About the perfomer:

Fredrik Ullén is an internationally active concert pianist since the 90s, with solo recitals e.g. at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Hamburg), Dinard International Music Festival (Dinard, France), Risör Chamber Music Festival (Risör, Norway), Georg Enescu Festival (Bucarest), Rarities of Piano Music Festival (Husum, Germany), Taubman Piano Festival (Williamstown, USA), Istanbul Recitals (Istanbul),  Båstad Chamber Music Festival (Båstad, Sweden), Nordlyd Music Festival (Trondheim, Norway), Tallinn International Piano Festival (Tallinn), Numus Festival (Århus, Denmark), PerPiano Festival (Marche, Italy), Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, New York, Chicago, Paris, Budapest, Helsinki, Dublin, Malmö, Gothenburg, Stockholm New Music Festival, Stockholm Electron Music Festival; two national Swedish tours arranged by Concerts Sweden. His discography currently includes 25 titles, including a recording of the complete piano works of György Ligeti and a recent complete recording of Sorabji’s "Transcendental Studies", one of the largest cycles written for solo piano.

In April 2021, Fredrik Ullén has been appointed Director of the Department of "Cognitive Neuropsychology" at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


The last date of this four part series is:

  •     Part 04: Roots and Relations – Wednesday, December 13, 7 p.m.

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