Renowned pianist’s 60th birthday
to be feted with events
A glimpse into the world of the professional pianist will be provided during
a three-day symposium featuring performances, presentations and discussions.
Titled “The 21st Century Pianist,” the symposium will take place
Thursday-Saturday, April 3-5. The event honors Boris Berman, chair of Yale’s
piano department and a member of the Yale faculty nearly 25 years, on the occasion
of his 60th birthday.
Alumni pianists of the School of Music who hail from around the world will
be among the featured participants.
The following is a schedule of symposium events. All events will take place
in Morse Recital Hall of Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St., unless otherwise
indicated. Execept where noted below, all events are free and open to the public.
The symposium will begin on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with a master class led
by Berman. The event is free and open to the public.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, a group of Berman’s former students will
perform in a Horowitz Piano Series concert. The featured pianists are Melvin
Chen, Anna Grinberg, Liam Viney, Ivo Kaltchev, Andrea Lam, Stéphane
Lemelin and Hector Sanchez. The program features music by Brahms, Debussy,
Lizst, Schubert, Schumann and John Adams. A reception will follow. Tickets
are $10-$18; $5 for students. For tickets, visit www.yale.edu/music/pianosymposium
or call (203) 432-4158.
Friday’s events include a welcome by School of Music Dean Robert Blocker
at 9:30 a.m., followed by a keynote address at 9:45 a.m. by Anthony Tommasini,
chief music critic for the The New York Times and a 1972 graduate of the School
of Music. Tommasini will be introduced by his former Yale piano teacher, professor
emeritus Donald Currier.
All of the School of Music’s piano faculty will give presentations beginning
at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. The faculty, in addition to Berman and Blocker, are
Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Elizabeth Parisot and Wei-Yi Yang.
Following a luncheon talk on “My Work in Serbia after Yale” by
Berman’s former pupil Dorian Leljak, a group of professional pianists
will offer their perspectives on various dimensions of their profession, including
competitions, commercial recordings, the performance of early music and new
music, and teaching and writing on musical issues. The speakers are Ian Hobson,
Ilya Poletaev, Sara Laimon and Robert Weirich.
Pianists Warren Lee, Chiao-han Liao, Peter Miyamoto, Ayako Tsuruta, Anne Louise-Turgeon
and Edward Turgeon will be featured in an alumni recital at
4 p.m. The program includes music by Bach/Busoni, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and
Ravel. A reception will follow.
The symposium concludes on Saturday at with an alumni concert at 8 p.m. featuring
Tanya Bannister, Dmitri Novgorodsky and Indhuon Srikaranonda at Steinway Hall,
109 West 57th St. in New York City. Admission is free, but reservations are
required. Call (203) 436-1556 for further information.
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