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Anton Kuerti, “the best pianist currently playing,” in Horowitz Series recital April 21

March 30, 2010
“One of the truly great pianists of this century… poignantly beautiful.”
– CD Review

Anton Kuerti. Photo by Martin Tsoian.

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Anton Kuerti in a special solo recital on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Kuerti, praised by a Fanfare magazine critic as “the best pianist currently playing,” will perform a classic program of music from Haydn and Mozart to Schumann and Mendelssohn.

Kuerti, whose recitals have sold out the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, will play Mozart’s Fantasy in C minor, K. 475; Haydn’s Sonata No. 62 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/52; Schumann’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22; Mendelssohn’s Fantaisie in F-sharp minor, Op. 28; and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110. Kuerti’s choice of repertoire and his interpretations reflects what the Boston Musical Intelligencer has called his “probing musical intelligence and utter disdain for theatrics.”

Tickets to the performance are $11 to $20, $6 for students. 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

Anton Kuerti was born in Austria, grew up in the United States, and has lived in Canada for more than 35 years. In recent years he has received the Schumann Prize of the Schumann Gesellschaft, the National Arts Prize of the Banff Centre, and the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, the highest artistic award given by Canada. His distinguished performing career has included tours to forty countries and performances with the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra (Szell), Philadelphia Orchestra (Ormandy), and many others. His vast repertoire includes some 50 concertos, including one he composed himself. He has given recitals at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; in Portland, San Jose, Beijing, Shanghai; the Caramoor and Ravinia festivals; and in countless Canadian centers. As a chamber musician, Kuerti has performed with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker, and with the Cleveland, Guarneri, New Zealand, St. Lawrence, and Tokyo String Quartets. In 2002, he directed the world’s first Czerny Festival in Edmonton. Kuerti is one of today’s most recorded artists, having put on disc all the Beethoven concertos and sonatas, Schubert’s sonatas, Brahms’s concertos, and works by many other composers.

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