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Peter Klimo ’14MM wins silver in International Franz Liszt Piano Competition

From left to right: Mengie Han (3rd Prize), Mariam Batsashvili (1st Prize) Peter Klimo (2nd Prize). Copyright: Liszt Concours Utrecht

Peter Klimo ’14MM, right, with Mengie Han (left, 3rd Prize), and Mariam Batsashvili (center, 1st Prize)

Pianist Peter Klimo won the second prize in the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Netherlands in November.

In the final round, the three competitors each played a Liszt concerto of their choice with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Gaffigan. The concert was broadcast live. Mr. Klimo played Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124.

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Published December 9, 2014
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Pianist Jian Liu performs musical fantasies Nov. 8

DMA recital features music of Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart & more

Jian Liu

The Yale School of Music presents the pianist Jian Liu in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 8 pm. The program is an exploration of musical fantasies, including examples by C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt.

Liu will open his performance with C.P.E. Bach’s Fantasy in C major, Wq 59/6 – H 284. Next he will play Beethoven’s Fantasy, Op. 77, one of the composer’s rare ventures into the loose, almost improvisational form.

The second half of the concert will feature Liszt’s Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata, a virtuosic piece inspired by the reading of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. The concert will conclude with Mozart’s Fantasy in D minor, K. 397, and Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy in C major, D. 760.

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

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Published October 25, 2012
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Fifteen-year-old pianist Niu Niu performs Sept. 23

“…Intense lyricism and an uncanny insight.”
– Financial Times

The Yale School of Music presents the teenage piano star Niu Niu in a special concert on Sunday, September 23 at 5 pm. The 15-year-old pianist, hailed not only for his virtuosity but for the elegance and sensitivity of his playing, will perform music of Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Liszt.

“It is a concert no one should miss,” said Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music. The event is free and open to the public.

Niu Niu will open the recital with two sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti: the Sonata in E Major, K. 380, and Sonata in A minor, K. 54. Next he will be play Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata in F minor, Op. 57. The concert, which will be performed without intermission, concludes with three pieces by Franz Liszt: Isoldens Liebestod (piano transcription of the closing scene from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde); Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat major; and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1.

Niu Niu studies at the New England Conservatory with Hung-Kuan Chen, who is a faculty member of both NEC and the Yale School of Music.

“Piano is much more exciting than Xbox to me,” said young Niu Niu in an interview with the Shenzhen Daily. “Computer games are virtual, and no matter how well you play a game, it’s pretend. Music is different. When you play the piano, experience the music and feel the nuances of mood, tempo, color and texture, everything is real.” MORE

Published September 12, 2012
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Music Library opens Liszt exhibit

This fall the Gilmore Music Library marks Liszt’s 200th birthday with an exhibit entitled Franz Liszt: Transcending the Virtuosic. The most dazzling pianist of the nineteenth century, a strikingly innovative composer; an important conductor, teacher, and author; and a charismatic personality, Liszt was as one of the most talented, colorful, and influential figures in the history of music.

The exhibit features five musical manuscripts wholly or partly in Liszt’s hand, four of his letters (including ones to his daughter Cosima and his friend Robert Schumann), three early printed editions of his music, two books about Liszt (a biography published during his lifetime and a novel by an alumna of Yale’s PhD program in musicology), three images (depicting Liszt in boyhood, middle age, and old age), and a medallion that was owned at various times by Liszt, Toscanini, and Horowitz. There is also a rose that he is said to have kissed.

View the exhibit online HERE.

Published December 16, 2011
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Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen, visiting faculty at Yale School of Music, performs Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Scriabin December 1

“This man plays music with uncommon understanding and the instrument with uncommon imagination.”
– Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Hung-Kuan Chen in a recital on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Chen, who is a visiting professor of piano at the School of Music this year, has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “a virtuoso… a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors.” His sense of color will be particularly apt for the Romantic and post-Romantic repertoire on his program: Chopin‘s Deux Nocturnes, Op. 62; Ravel‘s vivid, fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la Nuit; Scriabin‘s even more virtuosic Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp, Op. 53; and Liszt‘s masterful Sonata in B minor, S. 178.

The Scriabin sonata has been described as the most difficult piece in the piano repertory by no less an artist than Sviatoslav Richter. The epigraph to the piece reads, “I summon you to life, hidden longings! You, drowned in the dark depths of the creative spirit, you fearful embryos of life, I bring you daring!” MORE

Published November 5, 2010
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Idil Biret, sensational Turkish pianist specializing in Romantic music, performs in Sprague Hall

biret_blogIdil Biret, the Turkish pianist who has won renown for her interpretations of the Romantic repertoire, will perform a recital of Chopin, Ligeti, Liszt, and others in Sprague Hall on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Ms. Biret is presented by the Horowitz Piano Series, directed by Boris Berman. Two transcriptions frame the evening, which opens with Brahms’s arrangement for the left hand of Bach’s Chaconne and concludes with Liszt’s transcription of the overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser. The program will focus on the music of Chopin, including the Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Op. 22 as well as smaller works such as mazurkas and nocturnes. Biret will also play three etudes of György Ligeti and the Gondoliera and Tarentella movements from Liszt’s Venezia et Napoli, part of the Années de pèlerinage. Tickets to the performance are $11 to $20, $6 for students.

On Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 am, Ms. Biret will give a master class in Sprague Hall. She will work with three piano students from the Yale School of Music, coaching them in their interpretations. The master class is free and open to the public. MORE

Published January 7, 2010
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Wei-Yi Yang performs Messiaen, Bach, and others on Horowitz Piano Series

yang_vThe Yale School of Music presents a Horowitz Piano Series recital by  pianist Wei-Yi Yang at 8:00 pm on Monday, March 30 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. Yang, acclaimed by the Dallas Morning News for his “dazzling” performance with the Yale Philharmonia in Messiaen’s Turangalila at Carnegie Hall last December, will play Bach’s French Overture (Partita) in B minor, BWV 831, as well as a collection of birdsong-inspired music for piano by Janácek, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Couperin, Liszt, and Messiaen.

tixTickets are $10-$18 / students $5. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Wei-Yi Yang has concertized on four continents. A Gold medal winner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Korea’s Kumho Art Hall, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Ireland’s Royal Dublin Society, and Sydney’s Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among many others. MORE

Published March 6, 2009
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