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Pianist Paul Berkowitz in Recital

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 15:00 to 17:00
Pianist Paul Berkowitz in Recital

Pianist Paul Berkowitz (Professor of Piano at UCSB) will present a recital featuring the last three piano sonatas of Schubert on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. This fall, Professor Berkowitz will release two new Schubert CDs (Vols. 8 & 9, the final volumes of his Schubert Piano Works cycle) for Meridian Records.

Paul Berkowitz has recorded the complete Piano Sonatas of Schubert for Meridian Records to worldwide acclaim. He was described by the <em>London Sunday Times</em> as being “in the royal class of Schubert interpreters” and his CD recordings of the Last Three Schubert Piano Sonatas were included among the same newspaper’s <em>Records of the Year</em>. His recording of Schumann’s <em>Kreisleriana </em>was selected by BBC Radio Record Review as the best of all available recordings. He has also released a series of three CD recordings of Brahms Piano Music. <em>BBC Music Magazine</em> reviewed Vol. II commenting, "...praise to Meridian, which has in the Canadian pianist Paul Berkowitz an artist who isn't shy of taking on the kind of repertoire traditionally the preserve of more internationally high-profile artists. Rightly so, for he has a voice, a musicality, a bigness of pianism distinctively his own...his integrity is commanding, his stylistic authority convincing and his refusal merely to play the notes impressive."

Mr. Berkowitz recently recorded the Schubert Impromptus, Moments Musicaux and other repertoire as the final two volumes of his 9-CD cycle of major works for piano by Schubert for Meridian, which he began in 1984. All earlier volumes are being re-issued along with the two new recordings as The Complete Major Piano Works of Schubert.

Mr. Berkowitz, a native of Montreal, Canada, is a graduate of McGill University and of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin. He lived in Britain for 20 years appearing frequently at the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls and on the BBC, as a soloist with major orchestras in Britain and Canada and at music festivals in Belgium, Denmark, England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain. Mr. Berkowitz left the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he had been a professor since 1975, to join the music faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993, where he is Professor of Piano and served as Chair of the Department of Music 2007-12. He has been invited to present master classes at major conservatories, universities and festivals, and his students have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the BBC Young Musician of the Year (Thomas Adès), the International Piano Competition <em>Palma d'Oro</em> in Italy, the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition in New York, and the Los Angeles Liszt Competition and have gone on to have concert and academic careers of their own in Europe, North America and Asia.

<em>Photo by Tony Mastres.</em>