February 07, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Piano soloist Paavali Jumppanen will perform on Bucknell University's Gallery Series Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

The program, which will include music by living composers, will feature the second piano sonata by the renowned French composer-conductor Pierre Boulez. Jumppanen worked with the composer in Paris to prepare for the recording of the three sonatas, which are on Jumppanen's first CD on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophone label.

The Tuesday evening performance, which is open to the public without charge, is part of the continuing Gallery Series of performance art and experimental music, funded in part by grants from the Kushell Music Endowment and the Bucknell department of music.

It is also the final event in Jumppanen's two-week residency at Bucknell, during which he will have given master classes, played for local area school students, met with Bucknell music classes, given a public lecture-demonstration and presented a Weis Center Series concert. Jumppanen's performances and residency activities were made possible in part with support of the Sojka Undergraduate Fund.

Paavali has performed at Bucknell three times previously. As a piano soloist he appeared in 2000 as winner of the Janet Weis Award and the Pennsylvania Presenters Prize at the Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York City. He returned in 2001 as a piano soloist, and in 2004 he performed with the violinist Corey Cerovsek.

Winner of the first prize in Finland's national Maj Lind Competition in Helsinki at age 19, Jumppanen made his New York concerto debut in 2002 with the New York Chamber Symphony. He has performed recently in Australia as well as concerts across the United States and Europe.

His future plans include the performance of the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas in a series of eight concerts at the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Music in Boston in 2007 and 2008. He also will perform the same series in Finland.

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Story posted Feb. 7, 2006

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