British Pianist Paul Lewis Continues Schubert Piano Cycle
April 14, 2011
May 1 Concert at Middlebury is Second in a Series of Five
Middlebury, VT—An audience favorite and a frequent guest on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, British pianist Paul Lewis plays at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, May 1st at 3:00 P.M. He will perform all all-Schubert program: the 12 Waltzes, Four Impromptus, Hungarian Melody in B Minor, and Sonata No. 18 in G Major.
This concert is the second in a series of five related concerts in which Lewis will perform all of Franz Schubert’s late piano literature. Middlebury is one of only 15 venues worldwide where Lewis will perform this Schubert cycle. The next two installments will take place in October 2011 and March 2012.
In addition to the musical program, concert-goers can expect to hear a rundown of next year’s Performing Arts Series choices, delivered by Director Paul Nelson. One lucky patron, the winner of an annual raffle, will also be announced as the recipient of an impressive collection of CDs by this year’s artists.
Widely celebrated for his considered and profound interpretations of the classical repertoire, Lewis is recognized internationally as one of today’s most distinctive and poetic pianists. His many awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award and the South Bank Show Classical Music Award (2003), a Diapason d’or de l’annee in France (2002), two successive Edison awards in Holland (2004 and 2005), the 25th Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (2006), and Gramophone Instrumental Award and Record of the Year (2008). He is a regular guest at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, and with leading orchestras such as all of the major UK orchestras, The LA Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Melbourne Symphony. He has a particularly strong relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall, where he has appeared on more than thirty occasions, and where Middlebury College Performing Arts Series Director Paul Nelson first encountered his exquisite musicianship.
His recent recording of Schubert’s “Winterreise” with Mark Padmore was Editor’s Choice in the November 2009 issue of Gramophone magazine, was hailed as one of the best discs of 2009 in the Sunday Telegraph, and won a 2010 Gramophone award for best solo vocal recording. Future recording plans feature Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, the complete Beethoven Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek, and the three Schubert song cycles with Mark Padmore, all for Harmonia Mundi.
Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. Along with his wife the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.
Tickets are $24, with discounts available for Middlebury College students, alumni, faculty, and staff. For tickets or information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-6433.