February 05, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee will perform in concert Sunday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Bucknell Department of Music.

"We are lucky to have Genevieve Lee return to Bucknell," said Barry Hannigan, professor of music at Bucknell. "She is a terrific pianist, and always plays a very wide variety of music, with something for everyone from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff to works using a harpsichord and even a toy piano!"

The program includes the Sixth Prelude from L'Art de toucher le Clavecin by François Couperin; Microgrooves — diverse dances, ditties and discourses — by Ivan Bozicevic; Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 by Rachmaninoff; Sonata in A. Major, Op. 101 by Beethoven; and selections from Famous Last Words by Kurt Rohde, with text by Paul Mann.

A versatile performer of music spanning five centuries, Lee has thrilled audiences on the piano, harpsichord, toy piano, keyboard, and electronics. Her lively and insightful comments introducing each piece connect her directly with the audience. She has given solo piano recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, N.Y., and the Salle Gaveau in Paris.

Since her first engagement with the York Symphony at the age of 12, she has appeared with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Brazil, the Vrazta State Philharmonic, Bulgaria, and The Orchestra of Northern New York. Her concerts in Changsha, China, were broadcast by Hunan State Television, and her performance from the Spiegelzaal at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was broadcast on live radio (AVRO).

Lee has premiered and commissioned numerous works. For Innova, she recorded Kurt Rohde's ONE for speaking pianist. On Albany, she appears on three recordings: a solo piano CD, Elements, featuring works by Tom Flaherty and Philippe Bodin; Looking for Answers, with chamber music by Flaherty; and An American Collage with mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato.

In the Los Angeles area, she has been a guest performer with XTET, Southwest Chamber Music, and Jacaranda. As a founding member of the Mojave Trio, she plays regularly on the "Sundays Live" concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is also a member of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, who recently performed in Carnegie Hall. She has appeared regularly in chamber music festivals at the Garth Newel Music Center, Virginia, and Incontri di Canna, Italy.

Lee received her degrees from the Peabody Institute, École Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Boris Berman. She has taught at Yale, Bucknell University, and SUNY-Potsdam. Having joined the Pomona College faculty in 1994, she is the first recipient of the Everett S. Olive Professorship, endowed by Yuk Mei Shim '50.

 

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