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Guest Artist Recital: Eric Zuber, piano

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
$15 (cash or check at the door). Notecard
Pianist Eric Zuber
Pianist Eric Zuber

A rising star in the classical piano world, guest artist Eric Zuber presents a concert of works by Schumann, Kirchner, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff.

NOTE: Eric Zuber’s recital will be followed by a panel discussion, “Building a Career in Classical Music,” moderated by piano professor Robin McCabe, in which Zuber will be joined by UW piano faculty Craig Sheppard and Dainius Vaicekonis, violinist Maria Larionoff, Ethnomusicology assistant professor Christina Sunardi, School of Music alumna (co-director of the Seattle Modern Orchestra) Julia Tai, and others. 


Schumann:  Fantasiestuecke, Op. 12
1. Des Abends
2. Aufschwung
3. Warum
4. Grillen
5. In der Nacht
6. Fabel
7. Traumes Wirren
8. Ende vom Lied

Kirchner:  Interlude II (2003

Beethoven:  Sonata, Op. 31 # 1 in G Major
1.  Allegro vivace
2.  Adagio grazioso
3.  Rondo:  Allegretto


Rachmaninoff:  Four Preludes from Op. 23
Op. 23 # 5 in G Minor
Op. 23 # 4 in D Major
Op. 23 # 3 in D Minor
Op. 23 # 2 in B-flat Major


Eric Zuber, piano

One of the leading and most decorated American pianists of his generation, Eric Zuber holds an astonishing nine major prizes from some of the world's most important international piano competitions: Honens, Cleveland, Arthur Rubinstein, Seoul, Sydney, Dublin, Minnesota, Bösendorfer (Gold Medal), and Hilton Head (Gold Medal).  He was also awarded the Arthur Rubinstein Prize for his outstanding achievements by The Juilliard School.

Mr. Zuber has made appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Severance Hall.  After making his orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he has gone on to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Minnesota Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Korean Symphony, and Ireland's RTE National Symphony Orchestra among many others.

Zuber has captivated critics and audiences alike with his sensitive and insightful artistry.  The New York Times' Allan Kozinn hailed his recital debut at Carnegie hall, calling his playing "irresistibly fluid," while applauding his "vividly crisp articulation" and "solid technique," while Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote that Zuber's performance of Schumann and Liszt was "illuminating," and that he "wedded deeply poetic instincts with refined command of pianistic challenges."

Eric holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (B.M., A.D.), the Curtis Institute of Music (Diploma), and the Juilliard School (M.M).  His major teachers have been Boris Slutsky, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Robert McDonald.