Champagne flutes and musicians playing

Breckenridge Music Festival

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Chamber music was an art form originally enjoyed in the home, and the homes of our gracious Summit County hosts offer the listener a front-row seat to become immersed in the interplay of musical lines and discover the individual personalities of the players. The intimate settings, the music prefaced by brunch or hors d’oeuvres and champagne followed by dessert, and the chance to meet the performers in person, are often mentioned as highlights of their festival experiences by concert guests.

Mason Bates

The Life of Birds

  1. Moving Parts
  2. Parakeet Daydream
  3. The Caged Bird Sings
  4. On a Wire: Mating Dance
  5. Old World Flycatcher
  6. Moving Parts

Libby Larsen

Concert Piece

  1. Strong, Deliberate
  2. Ebb and Flow Throughout
  3. Flat Out


Johannes Brahms

Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101

  1. Allegro energico
  2. Presto non assai
  3. Andante grazioso
  4. Allegro molto
Robin Sutherland playing piano
Robin Sutherland piano

Born in Denver, Robin Sutherland grew up in Greeley, entering the studio of Dr. Rita Hutcherson, head of the piano department of what was then Colorado State College, at the age of four. As a boy, he was befriended by another faculty member, Dr. Kenneth Evans; which led to many musical experiences including the first of many solo engagements with the Breckenridge Music Festival. Sutherland is an alumnus of the AspenMusicSchool and Festival, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Hawai’i and Juilliard.

While still an undergraduate at SFCM, he was appointed Principal Pianist of the San Francisco Symphony by Seiji Ozawa; an appointment reaffirmed by subsequent music directors Edo de Waart, Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas. At the time, he was the youngest principal musician in the Orchestra’s history. His association with Leonard Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety,” has taken him all over the world. In addition to numerous performances on tour with the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas requested it for his farewell tour with the London Symphony, and Sutherland was Seiji Ozawa’s soloist of choice when he programmed the piece for his celebrated guest appearance at La Scala in Milan in 1994. 

Of Sutherland’s recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations, Newhouse News Services has said, “…Sutherland has given us what may very well be the most totally satisfying Goldberg Variations available.”

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