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Mozart vs Clementi: Jonathan Salamon, fortepiano

Portraits of Mozart and Clementi
Saturday, January 27, 2024
4:00 pm
Rare Music

This free lecture-recital, using the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections' restored c. 1805 Clementi fortepiano, recalls the conditions surrounding the famous 1781 piano duel between Mozart and Clementi, two of Europe's most distinguished pianist-composers, at the palace of Emperor Joseph II in Vienna. Though we don't know exactly what repertoire was performed at the occasion, we can draw upon their works to recreate the duel's ethos in an imaginative and exploratory way.

Jonathan Salamon is a New York City-based harpsichordist and fortepianist whose repertoire and scholarly interests span from music of the Renaissance to the present day. A prizewinner at the 2019 Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition in Lamèque, Canada, he has performed and presented scholarship at festivals and academic conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Salamon is the Principal Harpsichordist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York. In November 2021, he made his concerto debut with the Orchestra at Carnegie Weill Hall, and recently recorded music of Respighi on the NAXOS label. As a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands, he conducted research and performed eighteenth-century music of Amsterdam's Sephardic synagogue.

Committed to supporting early music communities in North America, Salamon was a member of Early Music America's Emerging Professional Leadership Council from 2019-2021. In Fall 2023, he joined the faculty of SUNY Purchase to teach an interdisciplinary music history course of his own design. Salamon completed his undergraduate studies at NYU and received Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Harpsichord Performance from the Yale School of Music.

Presented in association with Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC)

Contact: Duke Music