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Pianist Peter Serkin to perform Schoenberg, Mozart, and more Oct. 22

“Serkin is a great pianist because he is an original musical thinker.”
— Boston Globe
October 8, 2014

Peter Serkin, piano

The Yale School of Music presents a piano recital by Peter Serkin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The highly acclaimed pianist will present a program of works spanning several hundred years, from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

From William Byrd to Charles Wuorinen, Mr. Serkin displays a unique prowess in performing virtually anything written for the keyboard. The American Record Guide considers him “one of the most perceptive and provocative pianists of his generation, as comfortable exploring the music of the past as he is in some of the most stimulating works of our time.”

Serkin will begin with a short piece, Ave Christe, written by the Renaissance composer Josquin and re-worked by Charles Wuorinen  (b. 1938). The program continues with two Renaissance works, Sweelinck‘s Capriccio (originally written for organ) and John Bull‘s Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la: A Gigge (God Save the King) phantasy, originally for harpsichord.

The first half will end with a rarely performed work by Carl Nielsen, the Theme with Variations, Op. 40. The piece marked Nielsen’s return to writing keyboard music after nearly twenty years; a critic has written that “it shows the composer taking a newly rediscovered delight in the idiom of the piano and reveling in his own distinctive voice as the ideas seemingly came at white heat.” Listen

The second half of the concert begins with another couplet of Rennaisance pieces: John Dowland‘s Pavana Lachrimae (Flow my Tears, set by Willam Byrd) and a composition by Byrd himself, La Volta. 

The evening will conclude with two pieces by Viennese composers: Mozart‘s Rondo in A minor, K. 511, and Schoenberg‘s Suite, Op. 25. The five movements of Schoenberg’s suite have titles that hearken back to the Baroque period: Prelude, Gavotte, Musette, Intermezzo, Minuet, and Gigue.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. This concert is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, which is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets start at $21, $11 with student ID, and are available at the Sprague Hall box office, by phone at 203 432-4158, or online. Sampler packages for the Horowitz Piano Series are also available. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


 “Peter Serkin is one of the most perceptive and provocative pianists of his generation, as comfortable exploring the music of the past as he is in some of the most stimulating works of our time.”
— American Record Guide

About Peter Serkin

Peter Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1958, at age eleven, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he was a student of Lee Luvisi, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Rudolf Serkin. He later continued his studies with Ernst Oster, Marcel Moyse and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.

In 1959 Mr. Serkin made his Marlboro Music Festival and New York City debuts with conductor Alexander Schneider and invitations to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell in Cleveland and Carnegie Hall and with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall soon followed. He has since performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt and Christoph Eschenbach. Also a dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Budapest, Guarneri and Orion string quartets and TASHI, of which he was a founding member. BIOGRAPHY