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Paul Lewis, piano; 05/08/2015


Paul Lewis, piano

May 8, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Twelve years ago, Performing Arts Series director Paul Nelson was the first presenter to invite now-internationally acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis to perform in the states. Since then, many Middlebury performances and awards for Lewis have transpired; so it seems only fitting that Lewis should return to play Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas (opp. 109–111) for Nelson’s final concert as series director. A reception honoring Nelson and his 30 years directing the series follows the concert. Professor Larry Hamberlin, of the music department, now offers the pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series with support from Performing Arts Series Society members Leif Magnusson ’69 and Charlotte Sibley ’68, in honor of Paul Nelson.

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6*  Go to the online box office>>

*This concert is now sold out. Any returned tickets will become available one hour prior to curtain by phone (802-443-3168) or in person at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office.  
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Paul Lewis' recital is an official National Chamber Music Month activity. The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series will join thousands of musicians and hundreds of concert presenters across the U.S. this May in celebrating National Chamber Music Month.  Learn more at
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Live in the Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH, world renowned pianist Paul Lewis plays the Andantino movement of Franz Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959.

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109

Vivace ma non troppo. Adagio espressivo
Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110

Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Adagio ma non troppo. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, op. 111

Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile

Artist Biography

Paul Lewis, piano

Paul Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation with a busy international schedule of solo recitals, concerti engagements and chamber music appearances at the world’s most prestigious concert venues and festivals. Following on from the international success of his complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle, both in concert and recorded for Harmonia Mundi, the 2012/13 season will see the completion of Paul Lewis’ two and half year project “Schubert and the piano: 1822-1828” which has seen him perform all of Schubert’s mature piano works from the last six years of his life. This series is being presented in New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Bologna, Florence, Schwarzenberg, London, Southampton, Oxford, Liverpool, Bristol, and Perth. Such has been the success of this series that he is now scheduled to perform the final program, featuring Schubert’s last three piano sonatas, over 45 times this season alone, for presenters all over the world.

He has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniel Harding, Sir Andrew Davis, Andris Nelsons, Pablo Heras-Casado, Emmanuel Krivine, Stephane Deneve and Armin Jordan, with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, LA Philharmonic, The Phiharmonia (London), Hallé Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, and tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

His recital career takes him regularly to venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, both Alice Tully Hall and the Tisch Center (92nd Street Y) New York, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Toppan Hall and Oji Hall Tokyo, Orchestra Hall Chicago, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Palau de Musica Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Chan Center Vancouver, and London’s Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall where he has appeared over 60 times alone.. This season sees him make debut recitals in Boston, Toronto, Denver, Stockholm, and Washington.

Paul Lewis’ worldwide festival appearances include the Lucerne Piano Festival, the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and White Light Festival in New York, Tanglewood Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, Cheltenham International Festival, Roque d’Antheron Piano Festival in France, Rheingau Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, and London’s BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first pianist to perform a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in one season.

His extensive award winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concerti and the Diabelli Variations, Liszt’s Sonata in B minor and other works, 4 albums of Schubert sonatas and other works, and the 3 Schubert song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore. He has also recorded Mozart’s Piano Quartets, Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and a Schubert duet disc with pianist Steven Osborne for Hyperion Records. Future recording plans for Harmonia Mundi include 2 Mozart concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, and solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky.

Paul Lewis studied with Ryszard Bakst at Chethams School of Music and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. His many awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, the South Bank Show Classical Music Award, the Diapason d’or de l’annee, two successive Edison awards, the 25th Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, the “Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”, a Limelight Award in Australia, and three Gramophone awards, including Record of the Year in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Southampton.

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.

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Press Quotes

“Lewis’ deep insights into the emotional complications of this music were matched by his firm grasp of classical structure and the ways in which Schubert’s lyrical gift illuminates that structure.This was Schubert playing of a very high order.”--Chicago Tribune

"There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings."--Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

"One of the most highly prized recording marathons of recent years.... An unmissable benchmark."--Gramophone

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