The Debut Series at Longy’s Pickman Hall
Hear artists you’ll be talking about for years in our most intimate hall for classical music!
In the 2022-23 season, we celebrate ten years of hosting fascinating musicians from around the world as new-to-the-Series artists take the Pickman Hall stage. Some are making their Boston recital debuts, some are appearing in the city for the first time, and others are making their first-ever tours to the United States!
Get ready to enjoy thoughtfully curated recitals that will give you a new perspective on composers you thought you knew by heart, take you on a journey from darkness to dawn, and explore the beauty and common language of music from diverse regions and eras.
Martin Helmchen, piano
German pianist Martin Helmchen’s “creamy tone” and “crystalline beauty” (Boston Globe) have made him known as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. As part of the Debut Series, Helmchen brings a program of Bach, Brahms, and R. Schumann to Boston audiences.
Helmchen has made sensational debuts with orchestras around the world to wide acclaim, and he is a regular presence at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, most recently in 2021. In recent seasons, he has made notable appearances with the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and many more.
In this intimate recital, prepare to see an enthusiastic and energetic performance with a classic, unpretentious approach. The Washington Post describes his “stand[-]out” recital, saying “[what] made the afternoon memorable… was the distinctive poetic imagination that he brought to virtually everything he played.”