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Idil Biret, sensational Turkish pianist specializing in Romantic music, performs in Sprague Hall

January 7, 2010

biret_blogIdil Biret, the Turkish pianist who has won renown for her interpretations of the Romantic repertoire, will perform a recital of Chopin, Ligeti, Liszt, and others in Sprague Hall on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Ms. Biret is presented by the Horowitz Piano Series, directed by Boris Berman. Two transcriptions frame the evening, which opens with Brahms’s arrangement for the left hand of Bach’s Chaconne and concludes with Liszt’s transcription of the overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser. The program will focus on the music of Chopin, including the Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Op. 22 as well as smaller works such as mazurkas and nocturnes. Biret will also play three etudes of György Ligeti and the Gondoliera and Tarentella movements from Liszt’s Venezia et Napoli, part of the Années de pèlerinage. Tickets to the performance are $11 to $20, $6 for students.

On Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 am, Ms. Biret will give a master class in Sprague Hall. She will work with three piano students from the Yale School of Music, coaching them in their interpretations. The master class is free and open to the public.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the artist

Idil Biret demonstrated an outstanding gift for music at the age of three. She studied with Nadia Boulanger at the Paris Conservatory, where she graduated at the age of fifteen with three first prizes. She studied piano with Alfred Cortot and was a lifelong disciple of Wilhelm Kempff. Idil Biret has given concerts throughout the world with major orchestras including the London Symphony, BBC Orchestras, Leningrad Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Staatskapelle, French National Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Among the eminent conductors she has collaborated with are Pierre Monteux, Eric Leinsdorf, Rudolf Kempe, Adrian Boult, Charles Mackerras, and Aaron Copland. Idil Biret made her US debut in 1963 with the Boston Symphony. She has participated in many festivals including Montreal, Berlin, Paris, Duszniki, Athens, Persepolis, Dubrovnik, Montreal, and Istanbul, and has collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin and Wilhelm Kempff. She has served on the juries of many competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Busoni, and Liszt. Her awards include the Lily Boulanger Memorial Prize; Artistic Merit (Poland); and Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite (France). Biret has made more than seventy recordings, including the Liszt transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies; the complete solo piano works and concertos of Brahms, Chopin (Grand Prix du Disque Chopin prize), and Rachmaninov, and the three piano sonatas of Pierre Boulez (Golden Diapason award). She is presently recording the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas.

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