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Eminent pianist Paul Lewis makes New Haven appearance Mar. 6

Lewis is “arguably the finest Schubert interpreter of his generation.” –Gramophone
February 27, 2013

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by Paul Lewis on Wednesday, March 6.

In this recital, Lewis will perform Schubert’s last three sonatas: Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958, Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959, and Sonata No. 21 in B-flat major, D. 960. The three sonatas, composed during the last months of Schubert’s life in 1828, are considered among the most important of the composer’s masterpieces, exhibiting a rare depth of emotional expression that is often interpreted as autobiographical.

At the beginning of 2011, Mr. Lewis embarked on a two-year project to perform all of the mature piano works from the last six years of Schubert’s life. This effort has taken him to major venues worldwide, including performances in London, Tokyo, Melbourne, and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.

His performance at Yale takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets are $12–22, $6–9 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. His many awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award and three Gramophone awards, including Record of the Year in 2008. His concert performances and Harmonia Mundi recordings of the complete Beethoven Sonatas, Concertos and the Diabelli Variations have earned him unanimous acclaim from all over the world, culminating in 2010 with the honour of becoming the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to perform all five Beethoven Concertos in a single Proms season.

Mr. Lewis is a guest at many prestigious venues and festivals including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Roque d’Antheron Piano Festival, the Rheingau Festival, and London’s Wigmore Hall where he has appeared on more than fifty occasions. He has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniel Harding, Sir Andrew Davis, Andris Nelsons, Emmanuel Krivine, and Armin Jordan. Paul Lewis studied with Ryszard Bakst at Chethams School of Music and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. Along with his wife the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, U.K.