“Murray Perahia always knows how to offer performances at once deeply thought out and full of passion,” writes the New York Times.
The “poet of the piano” returns to Montreal for a first performance since 1988! Although Murray Perahia began playing the piano at age 4, he only seriously began to study the instrument at age 15. At 17 he entered the prestigious Mannes College, where he studied piano, conducting and composition with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In the summer he attended the Marlboro College where the studied with, among others, Rudolf Serkin and Pablo Casals. His career was truly launched in 1972 after having won the prestigious Leeds Competition.
Praised equally for his interpretations of Bach as for his romantic repertoire, Murray Perahia boasts an impressive discography that has garnered him prestigious prizes, including several Grammy and Gramophone awards. For forty years now, he has become one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, and makes frequent appearances on the world’s leading stages. For four decades, he has been enchanting audiences with the elegance of his playing, his command of musical architecture and his versatility.
Murray Perahia has a wide and varied discography. His most recent release, Brahms Händel Variations, has been called “one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available.” He recently embarked on an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition. He also produced and edited numerous hours of recordings of recently discovered master classes by the legendary pianist Alfred Cortot. On top of his activities as a soloist, he regularly collaborates with the Guarneri Quartet and the Budapest Quartet. He is also the main guest conductor of the Academy of St-Martins-in-the-Fields’ orchestra, with which he records and give performances.
Location: Pollack Hall of McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke West, Montreal
- Joseph Haydn: Sonata in D Major, H.XVI:24
- Franz Schubert: Six Moments Musicaux, D.780, Op. 94
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2
- Robert Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien
- Frederic Chopin: Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36
- Frederic Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
To listen to Murray Perahia interpret works by Felix Mendelssohn, click here.
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