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Renowned British Pianists Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne Share the Stage and the Piano

January 29, 2020

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Middlebury, VT—In 2003, the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series (PAS) was the first American series to present world-renowned pianist Paul Lewis, who quickly became a favorite for PAS audiences. Fast-forward 16 years, and the series will host Lewis’s 22nd appearance at the Mahaney Arts Center, on Wednesday, February 19. For this special concert, Lewis will be joined by internationally acclaimed pianist Steven Osborne, who is also a friend of PAS, having won audience hearts in three previous Middlebury recitals. In this tour-de-force collaborative concert—one of only three U.S. stops on their international duet tour—Lewis and Osborne unite at the keyboard for a four-hand piano program of Fauré’s Dolly Suite, Poulenc’s Sonata for Piano Duet, Debussy’s Six épigraphes antiques and Petite suite, Stravinsky’s Trois pièces faciles, and Ravel’s Mother Goose suite.

In previewing the tour, Lewis noted the musicians’ rapport: “Steven and I began playing duets about 20 years ago. It’s always a pleasure to make music with him... This is beautiful music that, on the whole, was written for friends to play together.”

 

About the Artists

a man dressed in black looks out from a field of twigsPaul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, and three Gramophone awards. In 2016 Lewis was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Lewis appears regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, and New York Philharmonic, and his recital career takes him to major venues across the US and Europe. His multi-award-winning discography includes both solo and orchestral work, as well as collaborations with such celebrated musicians as Osborne and another Performing Arts Series favorite, tenor Mark Padmore.

Lewis is a frequent guest at the some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Lucerne, and the BBC Proms. He is co-Artistic Director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.

a man dressed in black stands in front of a rusted wallWinner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2013, pianist Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians. He has held residencies at London’s Wigmore Hall, Antwerp’s deSingel, and other venues and festivals across Europe, and his concerto performances take him to major orchestras all over the world.

In 2017 Osborne presented the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Piano Concerto The Imaginary Museum—a piece written for and dedicated to him—in his 14th performance at the BBC Proms. In addition to regular performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, Osborne has performed recitals to public and critical acclaim in many of the world’s top concert halls including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, major venues across Europe, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Osborne’s 28 recordings have accumulated numerous awards in the UK, France, Germany, and the US, including two Gramophone Awards, and three Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Awards, in addition to a clutch of Editor’s Choice picks in Gramophone and several Recordings of the Year from major British publications.

Osborne is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and in March 2014 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

This Nelson Series event is made possible with generous support from Raphael and Jane Bernstein.

Performance Details

Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne will perform in concert on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 P.M. at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. Professor Emeritus and former series director Paul Nelson will offer a pre-concert lecture at 6:15 P.M. The Mahaney Arts Center (MAC) is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the MAC parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Reserved seating tickets are $30 for the general public; $25 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at (802)443-MIDD (6433) or http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

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Photo credits: World-class pianists Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne will play a four-hand concert at Middlebury’s Mahaney Arts Center on February 19. Photos Kaupo Kikkas (Paul Lewis) and Benjamin Ealovega (Steven Osborne)

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