November 5, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: November 5, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Distinguished pianist Ivan Moravec, acclaimed as one of the great recitalists of our time, will visit Middlebury College for an afternoon concert on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30).

The Czech master’s program for the concert will be Chopin’s "Eight Mazurkas and Fantaisie in F Minor, Opus 49;" Janácek’s “Sonata der Strasse: I-X;” and Debussy’s “La Soirée dans Grenade.”

A native of Prague who is now in his early 70s, Moravec has played American venues since 1964. He has performed with most of America’s major orchestras and symphonies in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Toronto and Philadelphia, to name a few. He has been welcomed in the music capitals of the world, including London, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Munich, Rome, Sydney and Amsterdam.

Audiences have also enjoyed Moravec’s talent in solo and festival performances around the world. He has produced a library of recordings on a host of labels, including Vox, Moss Music and Connoisseur Society. The most critically acclaimed have been his interpretations of Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart.

Despite his long resume and accomplishments, Moravec has often toiled in relative obscurity, away from the glare of marketing and stardom. So suggested a reviewer from Music Web UK, who last year wrote about Moravec following a recital at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall: "He belongs to a dying breed of pianists, who devote their entire life to their instrument as well as to teaching. His self-criticism is well known and it can take years until he presents his interpretation of a specific work to an audience. The result is ultimate perfection."

Critics of Moravec’s work don’t hesitate to label him a virtuoso. Piano Magazine lauded a Moravec recording of Chopin, Debussy, Franck and Ravel in 1999 saying that "what makes his playing most memorable … is his searching musicianship, complemented by an eloquent sophistication of phrase which makes many of his more famous colleagues primitive by comparison."

The critics say Moravec’s technique and its results set him apart as a great interpreter of the masters such as Chopin and Debussy. "The sound he produces on a piano, for instance, is deep, free, consistently beautiful," wrote the Toronto Globe & Mail last year. "There’s no one else like him."

Moravec’s concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. A pre-performance brunch begins at 1:30 p.m. at Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts. For tickets or brunch reservations, call the College Box Office at 802-443-6433.