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Berman offers poetic recital on April 23


The Yale School of Music presents a Horowitz Piano Series recital by pianist Boris Berman at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 23 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. Praised by the New York Times for his “poetical refinement and intense musicality,” Berman will perform music by two composers who lived and worked in Paris: Claude Debussy and the Polish-born Frederic Chopin. The program features Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60, the Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61, and selected Nocturnes from Opp. 15 and 27, as well as Debussy’s Images (Books 1 and 2) and Estampes. Both Debussy pieces are linked to visual artists: "Cloches à travers les feuilles" from Images is dedicated to the sculptor Alexandre Charpentier, and Estampes is dedicated to the painter Jacques-Émile Blanche.

Buy TicketsTickets are $10-$18, students $5. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website,, or call 203 432-4158.

About the Artist

Boris Berman, piano, is well known to the audiences of more than forty countries on six continents. He regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and in important festivals. An active recording artist and a Grammy nominee, Mr. Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo works by Prokofiev (Chandos). Other acclaimed releases include all piano sonatas by Alexander Scriabin (Music and Arts) and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy). His recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi conducting (Chandos), was named the Compact Disc of the Month by CD Review. In 1984, Mr. Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is professor of piano, coordinator of the piano department, and music director of the Horowitz Piano Series. He also gives master classes throughout the world, and in 2005 he was given the title of honorary professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2000, Yale University Press published Mr. Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench; since then, the book has been translated into several languages. In 2008, the same publisher released Mr. Berman’s new book Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer.

For Calendar Editors

Yale School of Music presents
Horowitz Piano Series
Boris Berman, Piano
Program: Chopin: Barcarolle, Polonaise-Fantaisie, and selected Nocturnes; Debussy: Images (Books 1 and 2), Estampes.
Date/time: Tuesday, April 23, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Venue: Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets: $10-$18 / students $5
Phone/web: 203 432-4158 •