Boston University School of Music Welcomes Guest Artist Menahem Pressler

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(Boston) – The Boston University College of Fine Arts is pleased to welcome guest artist Menahem Pressler to the School of Music this February. Pressler, a world-renowned pianist and founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, will participate in four master classes and performances as part of Menahem Pressler: The Art of the Piano at the College of Fine Arts February 5-8.

In a school that already offers students a number of opportunities to work with highly accomplished faculty members, this visit from Pressler is eagerly awaited. “The School of Music is honored to be presenting Menahem Pressler in master classes and concerts,” states André de Quadros, Director of the School of Music. He continues, “Professor Pressler is one of the greatest figures in the art of piano; his wisdom, artistry and dynamic energy will be immensely stimulating for our students and faculty.” Boston University Provost David Campbell notes, “Menahem Pressler is one of the world’s greatest musicians and an international cultural icon. I feel deeply privileged to know Maestro Pressler personally through my wife, Claude Hobson Campbell, who pursued her piano studies with him. His visit to our School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University is a tribute to the standards and aspirations of our faculty and students and is a true gift to our whole community.”

Menahem Pressler: The Art of the Piano will include:

Piano Master Class
Monday, February 5, 3:00-5:30
College of Fine Arts, Marshall Room

Chamber Music Master Class
Tuesday, February 6, 10:00am-12:30pm
CFA Concert Hall

Menahem Pressler Performs Beethoven and Dvorak
Wednesday, February 7, 5:30pm
Beethoven: Sonata for violin and piano, No. 4
Peter Zazofsky, violin
Dvorak: Piano Quintet, Op. 81
Muir String Quartet, in residence at Boston University
CFA Concert Hall

Boston University Symphony Orchestra
David Hoose, conductor
Menahem Pressler, piano
Thursday, February 8, 8:00pm
Maurice Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess
W.A. Mozart: Concerto No. 17 in G for Piano and Orchestra
Samuel Headrick: Hope Rising (World Premiere)
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Tsai Performance Center

Boston University College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

With a career that spans nearly five decades, pianist Menahem Pressler has established himself as one of the world’s most revered chamber musicians through his extensive work with the Beaux Arts Trio. Pressler’s extensive tours of North America and Europe have included performances with the orchestras of New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, London, Paris, Brussels, Oslo, and Helsinki, and his chamber music collaborations have included multiple performances with the Juilliard, Emerson, Guarneri, and Cleveland quartets. In 1955, Pressler began his association with the music school at Indiana University where today, in honor of his outstanding teaching abilities, he holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of Music. Professor Pressler has received honorary doctorates from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the North Carolina School of the Arts, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gramophone Magazine in London, and the German Critics “Ehrenurkunde” award in recognition of 40 years of being the standard by which chamber music is measured.

Founded in 1873, the Boston University School of Music combines the intimacy and intensity of conservatory training with a broadly based, traditional liberal arts education at the undergraduate level and intense coursework at the graduate level. The school offers degrees in performance, composition and theory, musicology, music education, and historical performance, as well as a certificate program in its Opera Institute, and artist and performance diplomas.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

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