Author Archive | Jed Distler

The 2017 American Pianists Awards Gala Finals

Hilbert Circle Theater, Indianapolis, IN; April 7 & 8, 2017—The 2017 American Pianists Awards Gala Finals took place over two evenings, where each of the five finalists performed a concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra led by Gerard Schwarz, and aired via live webcasts hosted by soprano Sylvia McNair and pianist Eric Zuber, a 2013 […]

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American Pianists Awards Discovery Week

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, IN; April 6, 2017; Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN; April 7, 2017—The American Pianists Association’s Discovery Week marks the culmination of a seven-month period during which five selected finalists participated in concerts and community outreach events. The finalists have convened this week for the competition’s home stretch, […]

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A Tale of Two Hammerklaviers

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, NY; May 8, 2016/Carnegie Hall, NY; May 14, 2016—It’s not often that one hears two performances of Beethoven’s monumental “Hammerklavier” sonata (the classical piano repertoire’s Mt. Everest) in close proximity. But that’s what happened on two consecutive weekends this month, first with Murray Perahia at Lincoln Center, followed by Yuja […]

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Sarah Cahill’s Terry Riley Piano Party

Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY; January 29, 2014–Terry Riley turns 80 in June 2015, and already the tributes are starting to roll in. On January 29th Berkeley-based pianist Sarah Cahill offered a Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80, honoring the minimalist pioneer with a program of newly commissioned works to celebrate the occasion. […]

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The New York Philharmonic’s Magnificent Messiah

Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY; December 16, 2014–For several years the period-performance aesthetic has dominated the New York Philharmonic’s annual Handel Messiah performances as conducted by such early music specialists as Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman, and currently Gary Thor Wedow, who opened the orchestra’s 2014 Messiah run Tuesday night. He presided over an orchestra […]

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Carlo Grante Makes Sense of Schumann

Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY; December 15, 2014–Robert Schumann’s three piano sonatas encompassed the second program in Carlo Grante’s three-part “Masters of High Romanticism” series at Alice Tully Hall. Although these works claim a solid foothold in the repertoire, they are less immediately accessible than, say, Carnaval or Kinderszenen. Schumann’s creativity ran rampant, and […]

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Jenna Sung’s Poetic Piano Debut

Wigmore Hall, London, UK, November 16, 2014–As part of her first prize award in the annual Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate piano competition, Jenna Sung gave her London recital debut at Wigmore Hall November 16 to  a full and appreciative house. I first heard Sung during the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and her artistry has […]

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EDITORIAL: LINES AND CHORDS AND THE MUSICIANS WHO LOVE THEM

Are your favorite artists Line Guys or Chord Guys? For some time now Classicstoday.com editor David Hurwitz and I have enjoyed a running dialogue on the endlessly fascinating topic that we have come to call “line guys” and “chord guys.” What this means is simple: Conductors and pianists generally fall into one of these two […]

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LANG LANG IN CARNEGIE RECITAL DEBUT

Carnegie Hall, New York; November 7, 2003 A barrage of microphones dangling in the air and the presence of at least three state-of-the-art video cameras indicated that pianist Lang Lang’s recital debut at Carnegie Hall was to be as much a media event as a concert. As it happens, the 21-year-old pianist handles the limelight […]

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