2019-20 Great Pianists Series

Great Pianists Collage of Musicians

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Saturday, December 7, 2019
8PM | Concert Hall
 “This is a pianist who has it all: silky delicacy, mighty thunder-power, rare clarity and the ability to draw a remarkable variety of tonal colors from the instrument. All this is combined with a technical finesse…” – The Seattle Times

Behzod Abduralmov leaning on piano

Behzod Abduraimov’s performances combine an immense depth of musicality with phenomenal technique and breath-taking delicacy. There is already great acclaim for this phenomenal young pianist: in the words of one critic, he’s “a super-virtuoso capable of real, delicate musicality.” But it’s his personal energy – the combination of super-charged skill and poetic freshness that makes him perfectly suited for this varied program.  

CHOPIN                24 Preludes, Op. 28
DEBUSSY              Children’s Corner
MUSSORGSKY      Pictures at an Exhibition

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Sunday, February 9, 2020
3PM | Concert Hall
“…without question, the most astounding pianist of our age.” – The Times of London

Daniil Trifanov sitting at piano

Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov – “one of the most spectacularly virtuosic pianists of the day” (The New York Times) – has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining the consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe that leaves audiences astounded.

BACH/BRAHMS                  Chaconne
BACH/RACHMANINOV      Prelude, Gavotte, and Gigue
BACH/LISZT                        Fantasia & Fugue in G minor
BACH                                  The Art of Fugue

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Saturday, March 7, 2020
8PM | Concert Hall
“You’ve never heard a pianist who considers each note with such deep care.” The Seattle Times

Murray Perahia sitting at piano

Murray Perahia has been called “a musician of big ideas” who “relishes the opportunity to air them in a large public forum” (The New York Times). You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy this brilliant pianist’s artistry when he returns to our concert hall. While his approach invariably draws attention to the music not the musician, he stands in the tradition of the great keyboard virtuosi as an artist armed with consummate technical skills, boundless imagination and near-mystical eloquence.


Sponsored by Dr. Kenneth and Sandra Tokita and the Parnassus Society

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Sunday, March 29, 2020
3PM | Concert Hall
“Bronfman has power and precision, to be sure. More important, he plays with a real sense of gesture-filled space and articulate weight, far beyond mere notesmanship.” – Los Angeles Times

Yefim Bronfam playing piano

“Listening to Bronfman play… is like being in a crowded room when suddenly a profound conversationalist begins to speak and everyone just steps back to listen with rapt attention.” (Chicago Sun Times). What more needs to be said about this titan of the piano whose playing exhibits all the elements - humor, playfulness, roguishness, nobility, and passion -  of Beethoven’s sonatas. 

BEETHOVEN:    Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op. 10, No.1 
                           Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
                           Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
                           Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57, Appassionata
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Saturday, May 16, 2020
8PM | Concert Hall
“Beatrice Rana displays playing of preternatural sensitivity, sophistication and control, along with a touch of magic.” – The New York Times

Beatrice Rana leaning against piano

Silver medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Gramophone’s 2017 Young Artist of the Year, Italian pianist Beatrice Rana is making waves on the international classical music scene, garnering admiration and interest from conductors, critics and audiences around the world. Her release of Bach’s Goldberg Variations debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. classical charts and was roundly praised, winning her the prestigious Gramophone title.

BACH                    Concerto Italiano BWV 971
SCHUMANN         Sonata No. 3, Op. 14 (1836 version)
ALBENIZ               Iberia Book 3
STRAVINSKY         3 Movements from Petrushka
                                      Danse russe (Russian Dance)
                                     Chez Pétrouchka (Petrushka's Room)
                                     La semaine grasse (The Shrovetide Fair)

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Artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.