LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Brian Ganz will give a guest recital Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University. The recital, which is free to the public, is co-sponsored with Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church as part of the church's Fine Arts Series.
The program includes popular works including Beethoven's Sonata in F and Sonata in F minor ("Appassionata") and Chopin's Six Preludes from Op. 28, Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Two Etudes ("Aeolian Harp" and "Revolutionary") and Polonaise in A flat ("Heroic").
Washington Post critic Joan Reinthaler has written: "One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth."
Ganz also will present a piano masterclass Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall. The masterclass is free to the public, who may observe but not participate.
Widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation, Ganz was the winner of one of two First Grand Prizes awarded in the 1989 Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris, where he also received special prizes for the best recital round of the competition and the best performance of the required work. That same year he won a Beethoven Fellowship awarded by the American Pianists Association, and in 1991 he was a silver medalist with third prize in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition.
He has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (of Russia), the National Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the City of London Sinfonia, L'Orchestre Lamoureux, and L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. He has performed in such halls as the Beaux-Arts in Brussels, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, L'Arena Theater in Verona, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Some of his recent concert highlights include performances of Mozart concerti with the Memphis Symphony and the National Philharmonic and a performance with the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kennedy Center concert hall, under the baton of Yoel Levi. He also has performed with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Mstislav Rostropovich, Philippe Entremont, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher and Jerzy Semkow.
Music and the Spirit
Ganz says that he is "an active explorer of the many ways in which the study and performance of great music can remind us of the Spirit that unites all living things." He has donated numerous performances in benefit concerts and was a founding member of the Washington Chapter of Artists to End Hunger.
A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Leon Fleisher, Ganz is Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he has been a member of the piano faculty since 1986, and in 2000 he joined the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. In December 2001 he was honored to serve on the jury of the Long Thibaud competition in Paris.
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Posted Feb. 19, 2009