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Release: Oct. 29, 1999
Pianists Fisher, Dorensky, Keene to play free recitals
at UI Nov. 14, 17, 20
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An international roster of concert
pianists -- Norma Fisher of England, Sergei Dorensky of Russia, and American
Constance Keene -- will present free recitals and master classes on the University
of Iowa campus within a single week as part of Piano Festival 99-2000,
a celebration of piano performance and teaching presented by the UI School
All three performances will be in Clapp Recital Hall.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, Norma Fisher will perform
music from the Classic era to the early 20th century. She will play Joseph
Haydns Sonata in E-flat major, No. 52; the capriccios and intermezzos
of Johannes Brahms Seven Fantasies, op. 116; Three Etudes by Claude
Debussy; and two works by Robert Schumann, the complete "Papillons,"
op. 2, and the "Novelette" in F-sharp minor, op. 21 no. 8.
At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, Sergei Dorensky will
play an all-Chopin program. For the first half of the program he will play
three nocturnes and three polonaises, and after intermission he will play
a selection of 10 mazurkas.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, Constance Keene will
play the Ten Preludes, op. 23, of Sergei Rachmaninoff, the Sonata in C major,
op. 24, of Carl Maria von Weber, and the Ballade, op. 23, of Chopin.
Each recital will be followed the next day by a master
class in piano performance that will be open to the public free of charge.
The master classes will be held in Clapp Recital Hall: Fisher at 10 a.m. Monday,
Nov. 15; Dorensky at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18; and Keene at 9 a.m. Sunday,
Nov. 21. During each master class, piano students from the UI School of Music
will perform music they have prepared, and the guest artists will provide
suggestions, comments and insight into the works being presented.
"We feel this series will provide an extraordinary
opportunity for both our students and the public," said Carole Thomas,
head of the piano area at the School of Music and coordinator of the Piano
Festival. "All of our guest artists are distinguished pianists and teachers.
In addition to performances at the highest professional level, in their master
classes they will give to the students and the public valuable insights into
their own performances and their careers as professional musicians."
This is the second year for the School of Musics
Piano Festival. The inaugural 1998-99 season featured recitals and master
classes by Joseph Kalichstein, Menahem Pressler, Rebecca Penneys and Gyorgy
Sebok. The current festival will continue during the spring semester, when
pianist Ann Schein will present a free recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29
in Clapp Recital Hall and a master class for UI students the following day.
Fisher maintains her own teaching studio in London,
where she is also director of the London Master Classes. Known around the
world as a teacher and performer, she is an associate board member and frequent
jury member of the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. She has
been jury chairman of the U.S. Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition
and serves regularly on the juries of the Sydney (Australia), Newport (Wales),
Czech Republic, and the Vladimir Horowitz (Kiev, Russia) piano competitions.
Hailed in her youth as "the new star of the piano
world," Fisher shared the Piano Prize of the Harriet Cohen International
Music Awards with Vladimir Ashkenazy. This early success led to concerts throughout
Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and the United States and an international
reputation as performer and teacher. A preferred recording artist with the
BBC, she has been for many years a favorite at the Promenade Concerts ("Proms")
at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Dorensky has taught for many years at the Moscow Conservatory,
where he was dean of the piano faculty 1978-97. He has been a juror for 47
international piano competitions, including the Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Van
Cliburn competitions, and his own students include 45 international competition
laureates. He has been honored by the Russian and former Soviet governments,
receiving "Honored Artist of the USR" status in 1966 and the Russian
Order of Friendship in 1997.
He began piano studies at the age of seven at the
Central Music School in Moscow and graduated with honors from the Moscow Conservatory.
He was the gold-medal winner of the piano competition at the Fifth World Festival
of Youth and Students in Warsaw and won second prize in the First International
Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has performed in more than
35 countries around the globe.
Keene has been a distinguished member of the faculty
of the Manhattan School of Music since 1969. She taught the children of pianist
Artur Rubinstein, who once wrote of her performances of the Rachmaninoff Preludes,
"I cannot imagine anyone, including Rachmaninoff himself, playing them
more beautifully." A wildly acclaimed concert with violinist Yehudi Menuhin
at the Gstaad (Switzerland) Festival led to Menuhins request that she
play the memorial tribute for his sister Hepzibah in 1981.
Winner of the revered Naumburg Award, Keene has served
as a jury member for the Van Cliburn, Concert Artists Guild, Young Concert
Artists, Naumburg, Praetoria (South Africa), Scottish, and other international
piano competitions. She is featured in Benjamin Savers book "The
Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the U.S.A."
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
The web page for Piano Festival 99-2000 is at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/SOMfest2.html.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Carole Thomas, the coordinator
of the UI School of Music Piano Festival 99-2000, may be reached at
(319) 335-1650, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Piano Festival has a page on the world-wide web, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/SOMfest2.html.