Mario Aschauer, Harpsichord
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Christ the King Lutheran Church
2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston
$30 General | $25 Senior | $5 Student
Included in Chamber & Full Subscriptions
Austrian harpsichordist Mario Aschauer performs Bach's dramatic French Overture and charming Italian Concerto, which comprise the second part of his most important keyboard collection, the Clavier-Übung.
Französischer Art, BWV 831
Italienischem Gusto, BWV 971
Join us for a reception to
meet the Prof. Aschauer.
Christ the King Church Parish Hall.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Praised a performer with “unconventional ludic drive” by the press and listed among Austria's thirty-five most outstanding researchers aged under thirty-five by the Austrian Science Fund in 2013, Mario Aschauer works as conductor, harpsichordist, and musicologist at the interface of music scholarship and performance.
His book on German Keyboard Treatises in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2011) is considered a standard reference in the field. As a performer on historical keyboard instruments Mario has built up a diverse repertoire specializing in Austrian Baroque music. He is member of the Calamus-Consort, which won first prize at the International H.I.F. Biber Competetion in 2009 and since then has been invited to numerous renowned early music festivals such as Resonanzen Wien, BachFest Leipzig (Germany), and Itinéraire Baroque en Périgord Vert (France). Their CD “Un dolce affanno” (Passacaille, 2012) features highlights from operas performed at the Vienna court around 1700 with chalumeau, clarinet, and harpsichord as solo instruments.
Having earned a degree in conducting from the Linz Bruckner Conservatory at the young age of seventeen, Mario had already conducted major works from the choral and symphonic canon before he graduated from high school. Shortly thereafter Mario began to specialize in the music of the late eighteenth century performed on period instruments with his Ensemble NovAntique Linz. In addition, Mario also collaborates with other early music ensembles such as Progetto Semiserio Vienna, Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra, Ars Antiqua Austria, and L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra.
Mario is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Sam Houston State University School of Music (Huntsville, TX). He holds an MA in harpsichord performance from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, as well as an MA and a PhD in musicology from the University of Vienna, all of which he earned “with distinction.” He has since returned to teach at these institutions. Between 2008 and 2014 Mario held a position as researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna). In 2012/13 he was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting guest lecturer at the Yale School of Music.