Wednesday 13.12.2023 19:00 — 21:00
ArtLab Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Piano concert "Roots and Relations"

[Translate to English:] Part 4 of the Ligeti100 Concert Series

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In 2023, the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics has joined the music world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of György Ligeti's birth with a series of lecture-concerts. On December 13, the fourth and final concert in the series will take place at our Institute, to which we cordially invite interested parties.

György Ligeti was one of the greatest and most influential composers of the late 20th century. His highly individual compositions display an astonishingly wide range of influences, from Western and non-Western music, to art, literature, science, and mathematics. His music combines intellectual sophistication with a remarkable expressivity and emotional power, and reached an unusually wide audience through its use by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Among Ligeti’s works for solo instruments, the etudes for piano occupy a special position, and are generally recognized as one of the stellar achievements of the modern piano literature.

During the concert series, Fredrik Ullén, pianist and director of the Institute's Department of Cognitive Neuropsychology, will present some of Ligeti's most important works, including his complete piano oeuvre.


Part 04: Roots and Relations

Wednesday, December 13, 7 p.m., ArtLab / Livestream on YouTube


Introductory lecture on Ligeti and his music by Fredrik Ullén

György Ligeti - Early piano pieces and Etudes for Piano, Book III

György Kurtág - Pieces from Games

Béla Bartók - Romanian Christmas Songs, Piano Sonata



Fredrik Ullén, Piano

The event will be held in English. After the concert, the audience is invited to a small reception on site with drinks and snacks. The concert will last approximately one hour. Admission is free. As the number of seats is limited, we kindly ask you to register in advance via this link.

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

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or by telephone (+49 69 8300479-652).

About the perfomer:

Fredrik Ullén is an internationally active concert pianist, 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, as well as with 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.


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