MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - On Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m., Argentinean pianist Ingrid Fliter will take the stage in the Concert Hall in the Middlebury College Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30). Her performance will feature works by Beethoven, Schubert (Sonata in A Major) and Chopin.
In January 2006, Fliter received the Gilmore Artist Award, bestowed every four years to recognize the extraordinary artistry of an international pianist with one of the most generous awards of financial support given in the musical arts. Previous winners have included Piotr Anderszewski, who played at Middlebury College in 2003, and acclaimed Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1973, Fliter began her piano studies in Argentina. In 1992, she moved to Europe where she continued her studies at the Musikhochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, and subsequently with Carlo Bruno in Rome and at the Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola. She has participated in master classes with Leon Fleischer, Alexander Lonquich and Louis Lortie, and receives ongoing musical support and artistic advice from Zoltan Kocsis.
Fliter began playing public recitals at the age of 11 and made her professional orchestra debut at the Teatro Cólon in Buenos Aires at 16. She made her United States debut as the featured soloist on a tour with the Warsaw Philharmonic under the baton of Kazimierz Kord in 2002 and performed at many of the major concerts halls in the northeast, including the Kennedy Center and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. This season, in addition to her performance at Middlebury, she makes her debuts at the Hollywood Bowl and the Caramoor and Chautauqua Festivals, with the Detroit and Columbus symphonies and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Fliter’s achievements have been noticed by numerous music critics, including a reviewer at the London Telegraph who wrote, “The music seemed to flow from her with an utterly natural lyrical impulse, graced with power, luminous delicacy and a spectrum of tonal colouring that combined to mark her out as one of the most instinctive and eloquent Chopin interpreters playing today.”
Performing Arts Series Director Paul Nelson said, “Fliter is the fifth and most recent winner of the Gilmore Artist Award, given every four years to a pianist who ‘possesses broad and profound musicianship and charisma and who desires and can sustain a career as an international concert artist.’ She has played recitals in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Teatro Cólon in Buenos Aires, the Alte Oper in Frankfort and the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne. We are pleased and honored to have her at Middlebury.”
Fliter’s concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved seating tickets for the performance are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors. A pre-performance brunch begins at 1:30 p.m. at Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts. Brunch tickets are $15.
For concert or brunch tickets, call the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433. Online tickets and information are available at www.middlebury.edu/arts.