Pianist Paul Berkowitz presents Franz Schubert's Final Three Sonatas

Event Date: 

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 3:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West (1070 Fairway Road
  • Santa Barbara
  • CA 93108)

Event Price: 

Tickets: general admission ($15), non-UCSB students with ID ($5), UCSB students with ID (FREE), and children ages 9-12 (FREE).
Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the AS Ticket Office window (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion), online at the link below, or by calling the AS Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.
Youth and UCSB student tickets may be reserved in advance by visiting the AS Ticket Office window on the UCSB campus or by contacting the AS Ticket Office at ticketoffice@as.ucsb.edu or (805) 893-2064.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Paul Berkowitz (photo by Tony Mastres)
Professor Paul Berkowitz. Photo by Tony Mastres.
“in the royal class of Schubert interpreters”
Sunday Times (London)
Paul Berkowitz (Professor of Piano at UCSB) will present a recital featuring the last three piano sonatas of Franz Schubert on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. Mr. Berkowitz’ performance accompanies the release of his two new Schubert CDs (Vols. 8 & 9, the final volumes of his Schubert Piano Works cycle) for Meridian Records earlier this fall.
"These three late great, spiritual masterworks of Schubert, which he wrote during the last months of his short life before dying at the age of 31, bring full circle my Schubert cycle, as they were the first works I recorded in 1984. This is the first time I will be playing all three sonatas in one recital,” said Mr. Berkowitz of his upcoming concert.
Paul Berkowitz has recorded the complete Piano Sonatas of Schubert for Meridian Records to worldwide acclaim. He was described by the Sunday Times (London) as being “in the royal class of Schubert interpreters” and his CD recordings of the Last Three Schubert Piano Sonatas were included among the same newspaper’s Records of the Year. His recording of Schumann’s Kreisleriana was selected by BBC Radio Record Review as the best of all available recordings. He has also released a series of three CD recordings of Brahms Piano Music. BBC Music Magazine reviewed Vol. II commenting, "...praise to Meridian, which has in the Canadian pianist Paul Berkowitz an artist who isn't shy of taking on the kind of repertoire traditionally the preserve of more internationally high-profile artists. Rightly so, for he has a voice, a musicality, a bigness of pianism distinctively his own...his integrity is commanding, his stylistic authority convincing and his refusal merely to play the notes impressive."
Mr. Berkowitz recently recorded the Schubert Impromptus, Moments Musicaux, and other repertoire as the final two volumes of his 9-CD cycle of major works for piano by Schubert for Meridian, which he began in 1984. The two new CDs are available in the US at naxosdirect.com/labels/meridian-records-ltd-5571. All earlier volumes are being reissued along with the two new recordings as Schubert Piano Works Vols. 1-9.
Mr. Berkowitz, a native of Montreal, Canada, is a graduate of McGill University and of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin. He lived in Britain for 20 years appearing frequently at the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls and on the BBC, as a soloist with major orchestras in Britain and Canada and at music festivals in Belgium, Denmark, England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain. Mr. Berkowitz left the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he had been a professor since 1975, to join the music faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993, where he is Professor of Piano and served as Chair of the Department of Music 2007-12. He has been invited to present master classes at major conservatories, universities and festivals, and his students have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the BBC Young Musician of the Year (Thomas Adès), the International Piano Competition Palma d'Oro in Italy, the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition in New York, and the Los Angeles Liszt Competition and have gone on to have concert and academic careers of their own in Europe, North America and Asia.
Paul Berkowitz (photo by Tony Mastres)