EVENT: Robert McDonald, piano
TIME and DATE: 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2013
PLACE: Hinton Music Hall, Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus – 1439 Faulkinberry Dr., Murfreesboro
TICKETS: Free admission
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, Op. 35, No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61
Carl Nielsen: 3 Pieces, Op. 59
Fauré: Valse-Caprice No. 2 in D-flat Major, Op. 38
SUMMARY: The acclaimed pianist Robert McDonald has collaborated with an international “Who’s Who” of artists. A professor at the Juilliard School, he will perform a varied program including Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, at the MTSU School of Music on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Hinton Music Hall, in the Wright Music Building, 1439 Faulkinberry Dr., on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro. Admission is free and open to the public.
MASTER CLASSES: Mr. McDonald will work with piano students from MTSU, the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, Lee University and Tennessee Tech in master class on Saturday, April 6, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in Hinton Music Hall at the MTSU School of Music. The master classes are open to the public.
Pianist Robert McDonald has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on most of the important stages of the world, has collaborated with a veritable “Who’s Who” of eminent musicians and ensembles, and has produced a number of acclaimed recordings. A faculty member at both the famed Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, his prizes include the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition and the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award. He has toured extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America and has performed with major orchestras in the United States. He was the recital partner for many years to Isaac Stern and other distinguished instrumentalists. McDonald has participated in the Marlboro, Casals, and Luzerne Festivals, the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, and has broadcasted for BBC Television worldwide and has appeared with the Takács, Vermeer, Juilliard, Brentano, Borromeo, American, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence string quartets as well as with Musicians from Marlboro. His discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Bridge, Vox, Musical Heritage Society, ASV, and CRI. His teachers include Theodore Rehl, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Beveridge Webster, and Gary Graffman. He holds degrees from Lawrence University, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music. A member of the piano faculty at the Juilliard School since 1999, McDonald joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007, where he holds the Penelope P. Watkins Chair in Piano Studies. During the summer, he is the artistic director of the Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico.
Mr. McDonald’s performance and master classes are underwritten by the Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville and Middle Tennessee State University.