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Yves Henry performs on historical pianos at the Collection Oct. 28

October 10, 2012

“Smooth virtuosity… a real ability to stage-manage musical line.”
–The New York Times

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the New Haven debut of French pianist Yves Henry on Sunday, October 28. The recital will explore the musical colors of pieces by Chopin and Debussy on two of the Collection’s French pianos.

Mr. Henry will perform music of Chopin on the Pleyel grand piano (1842), and music of Debussy on the Érard grand (1881). The pianist Madeleine Forte has said, “There is an ease on the Érard and Pleyel, the French pianos, it flows… You have more lightness, you have more clarity of sound.”

Mr. Henry, who is noted for his performances on historical instruments, has been praised by the New York Times for “not only the smooth virtuosity we associate with French pianism at its best but also a real ability to stage-manage musical line.”

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance.

The concert begins at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu, or contact the Collection at 203 432-0822.

About Yves Henry

Following studies in Paris with Pierre Sancan and Aldo Ciccolini, Yves Henry was awarded first prize at the International Schumann Competition in Zwickau in 1981. He is also a winner of the Casadesus Competition (1985). Since then, Mr. Henry has performed as a soloist with orchestra and in recital throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. He teaches at the Conservatoire de Paris and has been awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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