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Boris Berman and Eteri Andjaparidze join together in an evening of Schumann piano duos October 13

September 24, 2010

First Horowitz Series concert of the season celebrates the 200th anniversary of Schumann’s birth

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Boris Berman and Eteri Andjaparidze playing piano duos of Robert Schumann on Wednesday, October 13 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, has been praised for his “poetical refinement and intense musicality” (New York Times). The Boston Globe has called Andjaparidze, who hails from the Republic of Georgia, “a phenomenal pianist.”

The duo will play music both for piano four hands and for two pianos, including the Andante and Variations for Two Pianos in B flat Major, Op. 46 (1843) and Pictures from the East for piano four hands, Op. 66 (1849). Schumann was a master of miniature forms, and the program will include character pieces and dances selected from Eight Polonaises (1828), Twelve Pieces for Children Big and Small, Op. 85 (1850), Children’s Ball, Op. 130 (1853), and Ball Scenes, Op. 109 (1851).

Tickets to the performance are $12 to $22, $6 for students. Subscriptions to the 2010-11 Horowitz Piano Series are $74 to $125, $32 for students. The Yale School of Music now also offers Pick 3 or Pick 5 sampler packages with discounts of up to 20% off single 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 Artists

Eteri Andjaparidze

Eteri Andjaparidze has gained international recognition as one of the most versatile and insightful musicians, whose artistic undertakings embrace all genres and styles of the piano repertoire.  Her discography includes Grammy and Deutsche Schallplatten awards nominated solo albums.  Winner of Montreal and Tchaikovsky international competitions, she has appeared around the globe at the most prestigious concert stages and international festivals in solo and collaborative recitals, and as guest soloist with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including James DePreist, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, and Yuri Temirkanov among others.  Born to the family of prominent musicians in Tbilisi, Georgia, she stems from the legendary Neuhaus piano lineage via her teacher Vera Gornostaeva at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatoire.  She has taught at DePaul University, SUNY, Moscow and Tbilisi Conservatoires, and conducted masterclasses worldwide. Based in New York, she is founder and artistic director of unique advanced piano performance study program AmerKlavier.

Boris Berman

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.