It’s summer in Ingrid Fliter’s home country of Argentina and she brought the eternal hope of spring to wintery Cincinnati last evening. This is nothing new for her as she has been wowing audiences for twenty-three years since she made her professional orchestra debut at age 16 at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.1 Her performance of Ravel’s Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, with Justin Brown conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall, was no exception.
Fliter’s music was certainly representative of her 2006 Gilmore Artist Award.1 (She is the only woman among the six pianists to have received this honor,2 in addition to winning several international competitions.1)
Her enchanting dexterity on the Steinway was matched by her contagious exuberance. One could have the sensed the composer’s approval as she brought his work to life before a revitalized crowd which had suddenly forgotten the post-holiday gloom of early January. Her mastery of the range of emotions in the three movements was a sound to behold.
To attempt further praise would risk detracting from the wonderful experience with additional words likely to be inadequate. For all connoisseurs of classical music, it’s not too late to add a New Year’s resolution: make a concerted effort to experience the magic of Ingrid Fliter!
1 – Biography in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s 8th subscription program, 118th season (2012-13)
2 – The anonymous six-member panel of the Artistic Advisory Committee appraises the candidates over time and the candidates are unaware that they are being considered. Their award, among the most generous in music arts, is presented every four years. (Taken from www.thegilmore.org)