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Release: Feb. 9, 2001
Pianist Hokanson will present free
UI recital Feb. 24
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pianist Leonard
Hokanson, whose extensive European career has earned him acclaim as a recitalist,
soloist and chamber musician, will present a free recital at 8 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
Hokanson, who teaches on the faculty
of the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington and is a permanent
guest professor at the Tokyo College of Music, will visit the UI as part of
the School of Music's Piano Festival 2000-2001.
During his visit to the UI campus,
Hokanson will present a master class with UI students at 9:30 a.m. Sunday,
Feb. 25, in Clapp Recital Hall. The master class may be observed by the public
free of charge.
An annual event, the Piano Festival
is a celebration of piano performance and teaching. It includes master classes
and performances from outstanding visiting artist-teachers from around the
world. The remaining events in Piano Festival 2000-2001 will be a recital
and master class by Constance Keene March 25 and 26.
Hokanson's program for the Feb. 24
recital will cover four distinct periods of music, including works from the
Baroque, Classic and Romantic periods, and the 20th century. For the first
half of the program he will play "15 Hungarian Peasant Songs" by Bela Bartok,
Andante and Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII/6, by Joseph Haydn, and the Partita
No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826, by J.S. Bach.
A single work will comprise the second
half of the program, the monumental Sonata in A Major, D. 959 of Franz Schubert.
One of the last pupils of the legendary
Austrian pianist Arthur Schnabel, Hokanson lived for much of his professional
life in Germany and Austria. Winner of the Steinway Prize of Boston and a
prizewinner in the International Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy, he
has performed at the festivals of Aldeburgh, Berlin, Echternach, Lucerne,
Prague, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood and Vienna, among
others. He has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin
Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and other major orchestras.
He is a founding member of the Odeon
Trio and resident pianist for Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine. He
has been a guest artist with the Vermeer Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, the
Ensemble Villa Musica and the Wind Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic, and
he frequently performs duo recitals with violinist Miriam Fried, clarinetist
James Campbell, and horn player Hermann Baumann. As a collaborator in song
recitals, he has played with Martina Arroyo, Grace Bumbry, Edith Mathis, Edda
Moser, Hermann Prey and other renowned artists.
A prolific recording artist, his recordings
in the last few years have included the complete piano works of Walter Piston,
Haydn sonatas, Mozart concertos, Brahms intermezzi, Schubert's complete works
for violin and piano with Edith Peinemann, Brahms' sonatas for clarinet and
piano with James Campbell, Beethoven's complete songs with Hermann Prey and
Pamela Coburn, and previously unrecorded early works of Schubert. He has recorded
for the Bayer, Capriccio, Denon, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, Marquis,
MDG, Naxos, Northeastern, Philips, RCA and Sony labels.
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Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.
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