Famous Israeli Pianist to Perform at the UU

November 1, 2012

in Entertainment,News

By Margaret Edwards, Special To The Standard
On Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m., at Woodstock’s Unitarian Universalist Church, Israeli pianist Nimrod Pfeffer will perform Mozart’s Piano Sonata K.331 in A major, Schumann’s Arabesque, and Chopin’s Ballade Op.23 in G minor, Etudes Op.10/7 and 10/4, Nocturne Op.9/2 in E flat major, and Polonaise in A flat major. Admission to this concert is free (but donations are appreciated).
Nimrod Pfeffer is quickly gaining recognition as one of today’s distinguished young classical pianists. He has been highly praised for his interpretation of the romantic repertoire, particularly the music of Chopin, a sample of which he will perform in this Sunday’s concert. He is currently a fellow at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Program. He has studied with Gideon Hatzor, Vadim Monastyrski, Pnina Salzman, Victor Rosenbaum, and Richard Goode.
Pfeffer has won many prizes, including first prizes at the International Columbia Chopin Competition, the Katcz Competition, and the Tel-Aviv Chopin Competition. He has received scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He is a current grantee of the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts and is additionally being sponsored by J. Andrew Lark.
At the age of 21, Pfeffer performed for King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan and other world leaders as pianist and conductor at the World Economic Forum in Jordan.
Pfeffer made his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May of 2008 in celebration of Israel’s 60th Independence Day; and in September of 2009 he returned to the Hall to perform a Concert in Honor of Peace. In December of 2008, Pfeffer joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra playing the world premiere of Aharon Harlap’s Second Piano Concerto.
Pfeffer made his debut at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City in June of 2010 in a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Israel Symphony Orchestra and guest soloists from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011 and 2012 he was a fellow in the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival. In June of 2011 he performed music of Chopin on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in American Ballet Theatre’s production of “Lady of the Camellias.”
He has appeared as soloist at the Kremlin in a recital which was broadcast throughout Russia by “Kultura” television. He has performed at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall and the Royal Park Lazienki, New York’s Steinway Hall, and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, as well as in concert halls in Israel, Russia, Poland, Austria, Malta, Jordan, Hong Kong, and China. Also devoted to promoting contemporary music, Pfeffer has given the world premier of many works which were written especially for him. He has been featured in radio and television broadcasts in Israel, Austria, Russia, and the U.S.
Next year, the UU Sundays at 2 Classical Music Series will continue with the return of well-regarded pianist Mana Tokuno (March 10); a performance by the popular Upper Valley group Camerata New England Piano Trio (April 21); and a concert by the Aeolus String Quartet (May 19), highly acclaimed for their visit in 2012.


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