Anne-Marie McDermott: Mozart and Smetana

Our limited run of Anne-Marie McDermott with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has ended its run but we are pleased to share this performance which is now available on YouTube. Anne-Marie McDermott performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor with Emma Resmini, Xavier Foley, Aaron Boyd, and the Calidore String Quartet.



Concerto in D minor for Piano, Flute, and Strings, K. 466 (1785) (arr. Carl Czerny)

  1. Allegro
  2. Romance
  3. Rondo: Allegro assai


I so love this arrangement of the D minor concerto by Carl Czerny. Somehow he captured the spirit and drama of this music with so few instruments—just the addition of the flute to the ensemble brings more depth to the work. I worship the cadenzas in this concerto that were written by Beethoven—they are a pianist’s dream!!

I find that playing a Mozart concerto with more intimate forces gives the music greater flexibility and intimacy and clarity. It is a great privilege to perform Mozart concerti in this form. This work is a perfect masterpiece—how did Mozart achieve that?

I grew up with two sisters who are musicians, Kerry (violinist) and Maureen (cellist), and I was blessed to grow up playing chamber music from a young age. It was an amazing experience to grow up in a household where music was always present.

About Anne-Marie McDermott

For over 25 years Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals, and chamber music in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She also serves as artistic director of the Bravo! Vail Music and Ocean Reef Music festivals, as well as Curator for Chamber Music for the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. Recent performance highlights include appearances with the Colorado Symphony, Florida Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, New World Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony, Mexico National Symphony, and Taipei Symphony. She also returned to play Mozart with the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin at the Bravo! Vail Festival. She has performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony, and Houston Symphony. Her recordings include the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas, Bach’s English Suites and partitas (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone magazine), Gershwin’s complete works for piano and orchestra with the Dallas Symphony (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone magazine), and, most recently, the Haydn piano sonatas and concertos with the Odense Philharmonic in Denmark. She tours each season with the Chamber Music Society, as a member of the piano quartet OPUS ONE, with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and as part of a trio with her sisters Kerry and Maureen McDermott. Ms. McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music, has been awarded the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and won the Young Concert Artists auditions.

Learn more about Anne-Marie McDermott at her website

Trio in G minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 15 (1855, rev. 1857)
Bedřich Smetana (Leitomischl, Bohemia, 1824 – Prague, 1884)

The following performance of Smetana’s Piano Trio in G minor was recorded by the Smetana Trio in Prague, on April 21, 2015; we are sharing the performance posted on YouTube


Trio in G minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 15 (1855, rev. 1857)

  1. Moderato assai
  2. Allegro, ma non agitato—Alternativo I: Andante—Alternativo II: Maestoso
  3. Finale: Presto
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