An Evening in Vienna
Hailed by BBC Magazine for his “formidable technique and playing of emotional depth,” the award-winning virtuoso invites all music lovers to join him for a program of short pieces, followed by stories about his life performing on the concert stage, teaching at the prestigious piano department at the Vienna School of Music and serving as Artistic Director of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna.
“I look forward to returning to the United States, this time getting to share with my audiences my love for Vienna, the City of Music,” said Mr. Jiracek. “I plan to present piano works that are especially close to my heart.”
“When it comes to classical music, there is simply no other city quite like Vienna,” he added. “To me, it seems like it is alive with the sound of music. And there are references to the great classical composers at almost every corner, which I find extremely inspiring.”
His instrument of choice for the evening will be the legendary Bösendorfer grand piano. “I am impressed by the new Bösendorfer pianos,” he says. “Each instrument carries in itself the memory of a wonderful Viennese music tradition and is particularly responsive to my ideas as an artist.”
Born to a musical family in Hanover, Germany, Jiracek von Arnim has achieved numerous career milestones. Following his debut at age 11, he has performed throughout the world with many of the world’s top ensembles, including the Berlin and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia of England. He has served on juries for many major competitions, including the London International Competition, the Lev Vlassenko Competition Brisbane, the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition and many others, and is currently Artistic Director and Jury Chairman of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna.
Jiracek von Arnim’s ascension as an artist inspired widespread acclaim and an especially heartfelt appreciation from Van Cliburn, who noted “the marvelous Jan Jiracek von Arnim thrilled the world so greatly when we first heard him and he is continuing his brilliant career both in the United States and abroad.”
A distinguished pedagogue, Jiracek von Arnim is the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna’s youngest-ever tenured professor. He conducts frequent lecture concerts at the Vienna Musikverein on the great composers and delivers talks on a variety of musical topics throughout the world. His US tour in 2018 includes more than 40 dates at Yamaha/Bösendorfer dealers, exclusively on Bösendorfer pianos.
Liebestraum by Franz Liszt
Listen to the unpublished recording of Jan Jiracek von Arnim of this timeless classic.
Here are some personal tips by Jan for your Vienna visit:
When you arrive at Vienna Airport, you have several options to get into the city centre – but with luggage, my preferred option would always be AirportDriver.at for ca. 33 Euro (roughly $40): http://www.airportdriver.at/en These are very reliable, and they will wait with a sign with your name once you pass through customs at the airport (please leave the customs exit to your left, you will see them there standing with the signs). You will have to reserve the car at least 24h before arriving at Vienna Airport through the internet. By the way, returning from Vienna city to the airport will be easier, because taxicabs in Vienna offer a flat fee for ca. 35 Euro when you tell them the "magic" word "Flughafentaxi, bitte" when making the phone reservation (+43 1 40100), your hotel should be able to offer this for you. This option does not exist going from the airport to the city, so I strongly recommend booking a car prior to arrival in Vienna.
My most favorite restaurant in Vienna is Plachutta: https://www.plachutta.at/de/plachutta/ - where you will get the best Tafelspitz or Wienerschnitzel in the world, I think. Please reserve in advance, should you decide to go there. (this is quite a popular choice)
My second favorite restaurant in Vienna is a very small place, Weibel's Wirtshaus, http://www.weibel.at/wirtshaus01.html where you would also get true Viennese cuisine, on not too high prices. Almost no tourists know about this place, it is very close to the Stephansdom - and very "viennese"! Highly recommended.
My favorite museum in Vienna is the Albertina: http://www.albertina.at, one of the smaller museums in Vienna. Another one would be the Belvedere: https://www.belvedere.at, with some Gustav Klimt, and spectacular surroundings.
And of course, you will have plenty of options regarding listening to music, with the Musikverein (https://www.musikverein.at/en) being my personal favorite concert hall, followed by the State Opera (https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/). And of course, you must visit the Bösendorfer Salon in the Musikverein building (https://www.boesendorfer.com/de/wien) and choose your own instrument to take back home… ;-)