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Boris Berman opens Horowitz Piano Series Oct. 5

September 19, 2011

Program highlights Schumann and Brahms

Boris Berman.

Photo by Bob Handelman

Internationally renowned concert pianist Boris Berman, artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series at Yale, opens the 2011–2012 season with a solo recital on Wednesday, October 5 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The recital will focus on music of German Romantic composers: Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms.

Berman, praised by the New York Times for his “poetical refinement and intense musicality,” will open his program with Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 31, no. 3. The first half will also include Schumann’s Three Romances, Op. 28, and Three Fantasy Pieces, Op. 111.

The second half will be framed by late works of Brahms: first the Three Intermezzos, Op. 117, and the Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119.

Each half will intersperse a short work by Schoenberg, a twentieth-century composer who nevertheless considered himself within the Romantic tradition.

2011–2012 Horowitz Piano Series

The 2011–2012 Horowitz Piano Series traverses a broad path through the core of the piano repertoire, with star performers such as Yefim Bronfman, artists drawn from the Yale School of Music’s faculty, a marathon of the complete Prokofiev sonatas, and a multimedia program featuring animations of Kandinsky’s visualizations of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Season tickets are still available and begin at $74. Pick 5 and Pick 3 sampler packages offer discounts of up to 20% from regular ticket prices. More information on the series can be found here.

Tickets to Boris Berman’s recital on October 5 are $12–$22, $7 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.


Boris Berman, piano, is well known to the audiences of close to fifty countries on six continents and 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 by Prokofiev (Chandos). Other acclaimed releases include all the piano sonatas by Alexander Scriabin (Music and Arts) and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award (Holland’s 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 artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series. He gives master classes throughout the world, and in 2005 he was named an  honorary professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Yale University Press has published Mr. Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench (2000), which has been translated into several languages, and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer (2008).