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Paul Badura-Skoda illuminates Mozart in March 3 master class

February 15, 2011

Pianist brings “a lifetime assimilation of scholarship realized by performance.”
– Clavier

The Yale School of Music presents a master class with the Austrian pianist Paul Badura-Skoda on Thursday, March 3 at 10:30 am in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). Badura-Skoda has earned praise for his “unerring musicianship” (Washington Post) and “a lifetime assimilation of scholarship realized by performance” (Clavier).

A specialist in Mozart, whose music he performs on both modern pianos and historical instruments, Badura-Skoda will hear three pianists each play a movement from different piano concertos of Mozart. Aura Go will play a movement from Mozart’s Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K. 271; Elizaveta Miller will perform a movement from the Concerto No. 20 in  D minor, K. 466; and Esther Park will select a movement of the Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491. All three pianists are graduate students at the Yale School of Music.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Paul Badura-Skoda

Paul Badura-Skoda is a legendary pianist who has played in all the world’s greatest concert halls. His musical personality is characterized by complete immersion in music, a passionate search for its essence, and a sense of artistic responsibility. In 1947 Badura-Skoda won first prize in the Austrian Music Competition and a scholarship that allowed him to study with Edwin Fischer. After performances under Furtwängler and Karajan in 1949, the young Viennese pianist became a world-famous artist practically overnight. Since then Badura-Skoda has been a regular and celebrated guest at the world’s most important music festivals and orchestras, and has collaborated with such conductors as George Szell, Karl Böhm, Zubin Mehta, Sir Georg Solti, and Lorin Maazel. Paul Badura-Skoda continues to add to his vast repertoire of recordings, with recent releases on Astrée including the complete Beethoven Sonatas. He celebrated his 80th birthday during the 2007-08 season and continues to tour the world over. In December 2009, he performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall, where he “played with melting beauty and deep insight” (New York Times).