Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms

photo Alexander Schimpf


* What: Alexander Schimpf performs with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.* When: 8 p.m. Saturday.* Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.* Admission: $19-$81.* Phone: 267-8583.* Website:

Saturday, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera welcomes pianist Alexander Schimpf, winner of the 2011 Cleveland (Ohio) Orchestra International Piano Competition.

"The pianist whipped up storms, spun out golden filigree and plumbed philosophical depth," wrote Zachary Lewis, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Others played their selections. He owned his."

Schimpf's selection was Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, so CSO music director Kayoko Dan has built his Chattanooga performance around that selection, choosing pieces with a strong Germanic and Viennese influence, in deference to Schimpf's homeland of Gottigen, Germany.