UT Piano Series Season Finale

Posted Mar 26th, 2014 by Dr. Michael Boyd  Category: Community Interest


The University of Toledo Department of Music welcomes internationally renowned pianist Arthur Greene to perform Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas on the final concert of the season for the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series, Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in UT’s Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Beethoven’s final sonatas, musically creative, introspective and profound, are surely three of the crown jewels of this master musician’s lifetime of achievement. Greene’s masterful skill as a pianist will guarantee an excellent rendition of these important compositions.

Greene will also present a master class on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to noon, also in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. Both the master class and the concert are open to the public and admission is free to both events.

About Arthur Greene
Born in New York, Arthur Greene studied at Juilliard with Martin Canin. Greene was a Gold Medal winner in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, and a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. He performed the complete solo piano works of Johannes Brahms in a series of six programs in Boston, and recorded the Complete Etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. He has performed the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in many important international venues, including multi-media presentations with Symbolist artworks. He has made many recordings together with his wife, the violinist Solomia Soroka, for Naxos and Toccata Classics, including the Violin-Piano Sonatas of William Bolcom. His current projects include recordings of the Scriabin sonatas, and of previously unrecorded works of the Ukrainian national composer Mykola Lysenko, and performances of the last three Beethoven sonatas in the spring of 2014.

Greene has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Utah, and National Symphonies, the Czech National Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, and many others. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, LisbonSao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall and concert houses in Shanghai and Beijing. He toured Japan and Korea many times. He was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency.

Greene has been on the faculty of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at the University of Michigan since 1990. He has won the Harold Haugh Award for Excellence in Studio Teaching. In 2007, he and his students presented a recital series of the complete solo works of Chopin in nine concerts, accompanied by a symposium of noted musicologists. His current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions, and his former students hold important teaching posts throughout the United States.

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