Paul Berkowitz in Beethoven's Diabelli Variations for Piano

Event Date: 

Friday, October 23, 2015 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Event Price: 

Adults: $10

Non-UCSB students with ID: $5

UCSB students with ID: FREE

Children under 12: FREE

For ticket purchases, click here or call (805) 893-2064.

Event Contact: 

For Marketing and Publicity contact:

Adriane Hill
Acting Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
ahill@music.ucsb.edu
www.music.ucsb.edu

The UCSB Department of Music is proud to announce a special piano recital featuring Paul Berkowitz performing Beethoven's magnificent and rarely performed 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120. Beethoven's last major work for piano, it is a kaleidoscope of inventiveness in its wildly contrasting and adventurous 33 variations. It represents the peak of Beethoven's variation writing and is considered by some to be his greatest composition for piano. Due to its length (just under one hour), it will be the only work on the program, which will be performed without intermission.

Beethoven's magnificent and rarely performed 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, his last major work for piano, is a kaleidoscope of inventiveness in its wildly contrasting and adventurous 33 variations. It represents the peak of Beethoven's variation writing and is considered by some to be his greatest composition for piano.

BBC Music Magazine praised Berkowitz, writing "...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.”

Paul Berkowitz has recorded the complete Piano Sonatas of Schubert for Meridian Records to worldwide acclaim. He was described by the London Sunday Times 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, the most recent volume in 2008.  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 in 2013, and the Moments Musicaux and other repertoire in 2014, both CDs to be released soon as the eighth and ninth volumes of the cycle of major works for piano by Schubert that he began in 1984. All earlier volumes will be re-issued along with the two new recordings as The Complete Major Piano Works of Schubert.

Mr. Berkowitz 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, the International Piano Competition Palma d'Oro in Italy, the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition in New York, and the Los Angeles Liszt Competition.

 

Event Details
Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:30pm
UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
$10 adults, $5 non-UCSB students (with ID), FREE for UCSB students (with ID), FREE for children under 12 years of age

For ticket purchases click here or call (805) 893-2064.