Four-day PianoFest in Ganz Hall to spotlight Roosevelt's top concert pianists
Recitals by some of the most exciting concert pianists on the classical music circuit today will be featured this month during Roosevelt University’s fifth annual PianoFest, which is being held Oct. 22 through Oct. 26 at the University’s Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
The festival’s first solo recital begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 with a Celebration of Beethoven performed by Adam Neiman, who is the newest member of the artist faculty at Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA).
The youngest-ever winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award, a two-time winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and a featured artist in the international PBS documentary film “Playing for Real,” Neiman is an avid recitalist, composer, chamber musician and a newest member of Trio Solisti, one of the most widely acclaimed groups performing today.
Neiman will perform Beethoven’s Diabelli
Variations, Op.120 and Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier,” on opening night of PianoFest as well as in major cities and concert halls throughout United States and Canada during a 2013-14 solo recital tour of North America.
“We are pleased to have this nationally and internationally known pianist join our artist faculty and look forward to his bringing a vibrancy and excitement to our program as well as our students,” said Winston Choi, associate professor and head of piano at CCPA.
Other solo performances being given by CCPA artist faculty members during the upcoming PianoFest at Ganz Hall include:
• A Celebration of Brahms performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 by Meng-Chieh Liu (right). He is an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, CCPA artist faculty member and widely acclaimed solo artist and chamber musician whose career was threatened by a debilitating connective tissue illness. Liu beat the odds, returning to perform in concerts across North America and Asia. He will perform Brahms’ Eight Pieces for Piano, Op. 116 and Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24.
• A Tribute to Rachmaninoff at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 by Wael Farouk (left). He is a world-class soloist and CCPA artist faculty member whose repertoire includes more than 60 solo programs and 70 concertos in spite of a small stature that some predicted would hinder him from becoming a concert pianist. Farouk made his debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall last season. This begins a series of five concerts, all at Roosevelt’s Ganz Hall during the 2013-14 season, in which he will be performing the complete solo works of Rachmaninoff – a feat that has rarely been accomplished, particularly in a span of just six months’ time. His program for the kick-off of the series includes Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42, Ten Preludes, Op. 23 and Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32.
Tickets are not required for these events and other performances and lectures being held during PianoFest, which is free and open to the public. For information on the entire weeklong program, visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa or call Roosevelt’s Music Conservatory hotline at 312-341-2352.