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January 23, 2014
World-renowned pianist Murray Perahia returns to perform at the Music Center at Strathmore on March 4
Washington, D.C.- Internationally-acclaimed pianist Murray Perahia will return to perform a recital of music by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin at the Music Center at Strathmore on Tuesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. This will be his 16th performance for WPAS since 1969. Said The Washington Post of Perahia’s last recital here in 2012, “Perahia maintains preeminence simply by doing what he does supremely well, with enough humanity and insight that his music is, indeed, as striking and original as you could want.” Said The New York Times of a performance there, “Murray Perahia, who has made a specialty of Bach since the 1990s, is one of the most rewarding interpreters both live and on disc.”
Perahia’s latest recording, released in early 2013, focused on Johannes Brahms, selecting works from three periods of Brahms’ oeuvre. Twenty years after his last Brahms disc, Perahia forges a link between Baroque and Romantic music with Brahms’s Handel Variations, Opus 24 – an early work whose theme is firmly rooted in the Baroque, but whose variations reflect a deep Romanticism.
Born in New York, Perahia started playing piano at the age of four, later attending Mannes College, where he majored in conducting and composition. His summers were spent at Marlboro, the summer music institution in Vermont founded by Rudolf Serkin and others. At Marlboro, Perahia collaborated with Serkin, Pablo Casals and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. In subsequent years, he also developed a close friendship with and was profoundly inspired by the great Russian-American pianist Vladimir Horowitz.
Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1972 and the following year gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he worked closely with Benjamin Britten and singer Peter Pears. He was co-artistic director of the festival from 1981 to 1989.
Perahia has since become one of the most sought-after pianists of our time, performing in all the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra around the world. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia.
Perahia is editing the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition, considered to be the most reliable versions of the musical texts as conceived and intended by their authors. Perahia has also produced and edited numerous hours of recordings of recently discovered master classes by the legendary pianist Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), which resulted in the highly acclaimed Sony CD release, Alfred Cortot: The Master Classes. Cortot, a Franco-Swiss pianist and conductor who flourished during the first half of the 20th century, was considered to have unusual insight into the works of Schumann and Chopin.
Perahia’s recording of Chopin’s complete Études, Opus 10 and 25, won him both the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance and Gramophone’s 2003 award for Best Instrumental Recording. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations received two Grammy nominations, won the 2001 Gramophone Award for Best Instrumental Recording, and was on the Top 10 Billboard Classical Chart for 15 weeks. In 1999 Perahia won a Grammy for his recording of Bach’s English Suites (Nos. 1, 3, and 6), and in 1995 and 1997 he won Gramophone Awards for albums of Chopin ballades and music by Handel and Scarlatti. His most recent CD, released in late 2010, features works by Brahms.
In 2004 Perahia was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen of England, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.
This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts.
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