PianoTexas plays on in 31st year
Annual academy and festival to focus on the music of Franz Schubert.
by The TCU Magazine staff
Updated: Thursday, June 07, 2012
Legendary pianist/conductor Leon Fleisher made his public debut at age eight and played with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Monteux, who called him "the pianistic find of the century." (Photo courtesy PianoTexas)
Fanciful and melodic, occasionally striking and serious, the music of PianoTexas is back on campus this month.
The 2012 PianoTexas International Academy & Festival begins today on the TCU campus, highlighted by performances by world-recognized pianists along with concerts by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the legendary pianist/conductor Leon Fleisher.
This season marks the festival's 31st year, with a focus on the music of Franz Schubert.
Guest artists arriving to perform solo concerts, while also serving as faculty in daily sessions with aspiring young professionals, include Yeul Eum Son, Malcolm Bilson, Inon Barnatan, Simone Pedroni, Paul Badura-Skoda, Akiko Ebi and Kathleen Jacobson Fleisher.
"This is an event not to be missed by anyone who loves and appreciates fine music, especially since daily recitals by non-professionals are free and all events, including master classes with the guest artists, are open for the public to observe," said Tamas Ungar, the festival's founder and director.
Individual tickets are sold at the door a half-hour prior to each event or can be purchased for any session at www.pianotexas.org or by calling 817-257-7456. General admission for each concert is $25, $20 for seniors and music teachers, $12.50 for students. Masterclasses and workshops are free and open to the public.
2012 PianoTexas Distinguished Artist schedule:
June 7 - Yeul Eu Son - 7:30 p.m., PepsiCo Recital Hall
June 10 - Malcolm Bilson - 3 p.m., PepsiCo Recital Hall
June 12 - Harold Martina and Tamás Ungár - 7:30 p.m., PepsiCo Recital Hall
June 14 - Inon Barnatan - 7:30 p.m., PepsiCo Recital Hall
June 19 - Simone Pedroni - 7:30 p.m., PepsiCo Recital Hall
June 21 - Paul Badura-Skoda - 3 p.m., PepsiCo Recital Hall
June 26 - Akiko Ebi - 7:30 p.m., PepsiCo Recital Hall
June 28 - Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher - 7:30 p.m., PepsiCo Recital Hall
2012 PianoTexas Symphonic Series schedule:
General admission $20, $16 for seniors and music teachers, $10 for students
June 24 - Young Artists concerto performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting), 7:30 p.m., Ed Landreth Auditorium
July 1 - Young Artists concerto performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Leon Fleisher conducting) - 7:30 p.m., Ed Landreth Auditorium
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