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Boris Berman plays Debussy’s 24 Preludes on March 31

March 1, 2010
Boris Berman in Morse Recital Hall. Photo by Bob Handelman.

Boris Berman in Morse Recital Hall. Photo by Bob Handelman.

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Boris Berman playing the complete set of Claude Debussy’s 24 Preludes on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Berman, coordinator of the piano department and artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series, will bring his “poetical refinement and intense musicality” (New York Times) to his interpretation of these atmospheric works.

In Debussy’s two books of preludes, written in 1909-1913, the pieces are followed by evocative descriptions like “Dying Leaves,” “Fireworks,” and “What the West Wind Saw.” Though Debussy is often called Impressionist, he found the word “just about the least appropriate term possible.” He wrote to his publisher: “I’m attempting something different, realities in some sense.”

Tickets to the performance are $11 to $20, $6 for students. The concert will not be streamed. 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

Well known to the audiences of more than forty countries on six continents, Boris Berman regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and in important festivals. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin. An active recording artist and a Grammy nominee, Mr. Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo works of 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 in Holland. His recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Chandos) was named Compact Disc of the Month by CD Review. In 1984 Mr. Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he chairs the piano department and serves as music director of the Horowitz Piano Series. He was the founding director of the Yale Summer Piano Institute and the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong. In 2000 Yale University Press published his book Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, which has been translated into several languages. His newest book is Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas, also published by Yale University Press.

Press release and photos of Boris Berman (credit Bob Handelman 2009) attached.