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Peter Frankl performs piano concertos on Horowitz Piano Series Nov. 16

October 28, 2011

Concert also features Linden String Quartet & tenor James Taylor

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert by the pianist Peter Frankl on Wednesday, November 16. While the series most often presents solo recitals, Frankl will be joined by the Linden String Quartet and double bassist Gregory Robbins. The recital will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street.

Frankl will perform two concertos with the string players: Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major, K. 413, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Frankl will also play solo piano works of both composers: Mozart’s Menuet in D major, K. 355, and Sonata in D major, K. 576, and Chopin’s Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49.

Frankl has been described by Auditorium as “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” The Linden Quartet, currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, has been praised for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality….” (MusicWeb International). Bassist Gregory Robbins ’12MM was selected as a member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets to this performance are $12–$22, $6–9 with student ID. Pick 5 and Pick 3 sampler packages offer discounts of up to 20% from regular ticket prices. 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 PERFORMERS

Pianist Peter Frankl made his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1967. Since that time he has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Maazel, and Solti. His many chamber music partners have included Kyung Wha Chung, Ralph Kirshbaum, and the Tokyo, Takács, Guarneri, and Fine Arts quartets. Among his recordings are the complete works for piano by Schumann and Debussy, Bartók and Chopin solo albums, concertos and four-hand works by Mozart, the two Brahms piano concertos, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets of Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, Martinu, and both Dohnányis. Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic, and on his seventieth birthday he was given one of the highest civilian awards in Hungary for his lifetime artistic achievement in the world of music.

Described as “riveting” by MusicWeb International, the Linden String Quartet is a winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Founded in spring 2008, the Quartet has enjoyed remarkable success in three short years, also winning the Gold Medal and Grand Prize of the 2009 Fischoff Competition, the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman Competition, First Prize at the 2010 Kauder Competition, and the ProQuartet Prize at the Borciani International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet was recently selected for the prestigious A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Fellowship, including a $25,000 award. The Linden Quartet is the 2011–12 Ernst Steifel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s quartet-in-residence, and the 2010–2012 graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music.

Note: YSM faculty member and acclaimed oratorio singer James Taylor was originally scheduled to sing in this concert but is unable to do so.

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