Brian Ganz: An Evening with Frédéric Chopin: Performance and Commentary

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | Start Time: 07:00 PM

Shriver Hall | Baltimore










Brian Ganz: An Evening with Frédéric Chopin: Performance and Commentary

The Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin is best known as a superb craftsman of gemlike miniatures for the piano. His collection of 24 such gems, his Preludes, Op. 28, is perhaps his greatest work, and one of the highest peaks of piano literature. In an all-Chopin program featuring a complete performance of the Preludes, pianist Brian Ganz will discuss and illustrate Chopin’s genius for musical poetry as deep and rich as it is brief, a genius which prompted fellow composer Robert Schumann to call Chopin the “boldest, the proudest poet soul of his time.”

Brian Ganz, widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation, is Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a member of the piano faculty at Peabody Conservatory, was winner of a First Grand Prize in the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris, and a Silver Medalist in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition. He performs internationally with orchestras and as soloist and is currently engaged in a ten-year project to perform all the works of Chopin at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. He is artist-editor of the Schirmer Performance Edition of Chopin’s Preludes (2005).