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Pianist Steven Osborne Returns to Middlebury February 11

January 26, 2015

Award-Winning Scottish Artist to Perform Beethoven’s Olympian “Hammerklavier” Sonata

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Middlebury, VT—Classical pianist Steven Osborne makes a much-anticipated return to Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series on Wednesday, February 11 to perform a stunning concert of solo piano works including Schubert’s Drei Klavierstücke (Three Piano Pieces), Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no. 28 in A Major, op.101, and Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” sonata, op. 106. “Osborne is universally acclaimed as one of the great Beethoven pianists of our time: he is a man of steel, as well as of sensitivity, with an impressive intellectual mastery of musical structure.”—The Herald (Scotland)

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Born in Scotland, Osborne is renowned worldwide for his unique approach to a wide variety of repertoire, from the mainstream classical works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms to the rarefied worlds of Messiaen, Tippett, and Britten. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year, two Gramophone awards (2009 and 2013), and first prize at both the Naumburg International Competition (New York) and the Clara Haskil Competition.

Osborne has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues, including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has performed with many of the world’s most important orchestras, including the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Finnish Radio Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In the UK, he works regularly with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia, and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. His concerts are frequently broadcast by the BBC and he performs every year at Wigmore Hall in London.

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“Scottish pianist Steven Osborne just seems to get better every time he gives a concert,” proclaimed The Scotsman. The Daily Telegraph remarked, “You could have heard a pin drop. Steven Osborne’s power over the hall was absolute…the atmosphere was spellbound.”

Osborne performed previously in Middlebury in 2005 and 2012, when he gave well-received recitals on the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall stage. The Performing Arts Series has sought opportunities to bring him back ever since.

The concert will be preceded by a special dinner for audience members, called “Dinner and Conversation with Friends.” Before settling into the Concert Hall, patrons may join fellow concertgoers for a meal and a conversation about the arts in our community. Seating is family style, and the buffet menu will include a variety of hearty winter fare, wine, and dessert. The pre-performance dinner starts at 6:00 P.M. in the lobby, and tickets are $25.

The concert by Steven Osborne will take place on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 7:30 P.M., at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts, in the Concert Hall. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts

 

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Photo credits: Pianist Steven Osborne will perform in Middlebury on February 11. Photo by Benjamin Eavolvega

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