It was pianist Eric Huebner who delivered the money moment, tossing off Gyorgy Ligeti's meteor shower of a Piano Concerto with such spectacular aplomb that all the ordinary virtuosity around it seemed like so much static noise.
The work's playful dialogue of recurring sonorities depended on an ability to differentiate several distinct dynamic levels, a feat in which Huebner was masterfully precise.
Soloist Eric Huebner reminded of the days when [Messiaen’s] wife, Yvonne Loriod, used to take the piano part.
Phenomenal young pianist…a Most Valuable Player on the New York new-music scene…dazzling and exhilarating.
...equal parts grace, precision and eloquence.
Pianist Eric Huebner has drawn worldwide acclaim for his performances of new and traditional music since making his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17. In January 2012, he was appointed pianist of the New York Philharmonic and has been featured in works by Lindberg, Stravinsky, Ives, Milhaud and R. Strauss among others. In June 2012 he gave the New York Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation for piano, percussion and chamber orchestra with Musicians of the New York Philharmonic, Colin Currie, percussion and David Robertson conducting as part of the CONTACT! series. He has previously collaborated with Mr. Robertson in performances of György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques. From 2001 through 2012, Huebner was a member of Antares, a quartet comprised of clarinet, violin, cello and piano. First prize winners of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Antares appeared regularly in major chamber music venues throughout the United States and worked closely with many composers on the commissioning of new works for its combination.