Press Release

April 8, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia McInnis | [email protected] | 480-874-4663

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Where Classical Music Meets Contemporary Artists

Daniil Trifonov, piano, scheduled to perform Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Photo credit: Dario Acosta

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The 2021–22 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series brings fresh perspectives on classical music to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Scottsdale Arts ONE Members have a chance to grab their favorite seats before tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, April 9, 2021.

This season’s lineup highlights up-and-coming artists to provoke young audiences while engaging master artists at the pinnacle of their careers. From the Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov to Alexander Malofeev to the exceptionally accomplished Basel Chamber Orchestra the series includes solo recitals to orchestral performances. The classical series brings a meaningful lineup of diverse talents, including Grammy-nominated string quartet Aizuri Quartet, guitar and violin duo Jiji and Danbi Um, and internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter with Grammy-nominated string quartet Brooklyn Rider.

Below is the schedule of six upcoming Virginia G. Piper Concert Series performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (subject to change):

Alexander Malofeev, piano
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, 2 p.m.

Now 19 years old, the “Russian genius” (Corriere della Sera) AlexanderMalofeev made a name for himself at an early age, winning first prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians when he was only 13 years old. 

Anne Sofie von Otter and Brooklyn Rider
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, 7:30 p.m. 
Joining forces for this unique cross-Atlantic collaboration are innovative mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Von Otter is a two-time Grammy Award-winner for best classical vocal performance. Brooklyn Rider’s latest album, “Healing Modes,” was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award. The evening’s program is entitled “Songs of Love and Death: The Music of Franz Schubert & Rufus Wainwright.” Scottsdale Arts is proudly a commissioning partner for new works created by Rufus Wainwright for this project.

Jiji, guitar, with Danbi Um, violin
Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, 8 p.m. 

Korean guitarist Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar. Jiji performs an extensive range of music, from traditional to contemporary classical. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned the First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International competition. Violinist Danbi Um, a Menuhin International Violin Competition Silver Medalist, captivates audiences with her virtuosity, individual sound and interpretive sensitivity. Um was a recent top prizewinner of the Naumburg International Violin Competition.

Aizuri Quartet 
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 

Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, branded by The New York Times as “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative,” Aizuri Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for its flawless performances of the great masterpieces of the past. In 2018, the quartet’s album “Blueprinting” received a Grammy nomination.

Basel Chamber Orchestra | Ian Bostridge, Tenor | Felix Klieser, French Horn 
Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 

The joyfully collaborative Basel Chamber Orchestra joins with tenor Ian Bostridge and Felix Klieser, French horn, for this innovative program including Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Bostridge is well-known for his interpretations of Britten and was a key soloist in the 2013 Britten anniversary celebrations with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Klieser has been awarded the ECHO Klassik prize for best young artist and the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

Daniil Trifonov, piano 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 

Grammy Award-winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world, as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. He was also named Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2019.

Through its partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 600,000 participants annually. In conjunction with the city of Scottsdale, we also host more than 200,000 people annually on our campus through a robust rentals program.

Since 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has provided a stage for a wide range of artists and genres, creating shared, inspiring experiences for the community that celebrate artistic excellence and cultural awareness. Today one of the premier performing arts halls in the western United States, the Center presents a diverse season of music, dance, theater, comedy and film from around the world.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. 2nd St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance audience members’ experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assistive-listening devices and wheelchair seating are also available. Visit or contact the Member and Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) [TDD: 480-874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of ticket discounts for Scottsdale Arts members at the Friends level and above, groups of 10 or more and those purchasing packages to four or more events in one order. The Center provides free tickets to selected events for eligible teachers and active-duty military and veterans. Visit or call 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

The award-winning Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts supports the mission and diverse programs of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts. The Store’s unique selection of merchandise includes artist-made jewelry, stylish furnishings for home and office, unique creations by Arizona artists, fair-trade and upcycled/recycled global crafts, music, books, greeting cards and imaginative toys. Purchases are tax free, and members receive a 15 percent discount. Gift wrapping and shipping are also available. The Store is open Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun., noon 5 p.m., and throughout most evening events. Phone: 480-874-4644.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-499-TKTS (8587)


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For interviews or additional information, please contact:

Virginia McInnis
Public Relations Specialist
Scottsdale Arts

Phone: 480-874-4663
Email: [email protected]