PIANIST MENAHEM PRESSLER
PIANIST MENAHEM PRESSLER
Presented by Learning From Performers
Location: Kirkland JCR, 95 Dunster Street, Cambridge
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Hailed by the New York Times as “…a poet, time and again revealing unexpected depths in works that have been endlessly plumbed and surveyed,” Menahem Pressler will conduct a master class with undergraduate pianists, co-sponsored by the Harvard Piano Society.
Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, has established himself among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans over five decades. Pressler’s world-renowned career was launched after he was awarded first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco in 1946.
This was followed by his successful American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Eugene Ormandy.
Since then, his 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, among others.
In 2007 Pressler was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in recognition of a lifetime of performance and leadership in music.
In 2005 he received two additional awards of International merit: the German President’s Deutsche Bundesverdienstkreuz (Cross of Merit) First Class, Germany’s highest honor, and France’s highest cultural honor, the Commandeur in the Order of Arts and Letters award.
Pressler has received honorary doctorates from the University of Nebraska and the North Carolina School of the Arts, five Grammy nominations, a lifetime achievement award from Gramophone magazine, Chamber Music America’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Gold Medal of Merit from the National Society of Arts and Letters.
He has also been awarded the German Critics Ehrenurkunde award, and election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. On April 6, 2011, Pressler has been named the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 International Classical Music Awards.
Internationally active as soloist and chamber musician, additional honors include England’s Record of the Year Award and Ensemble of the Year from Musical America in 1997.
In addition to his busy schedule as a performer, he has given master classes in Germany, France, Canada, and Argentina, and continues to serve on the jury of the Van Cliburn, Queen Elisabeth, and Arthur Rubinstein competitions.
The 1955 Berkshire Music Festival saw Pressler’s debut as a chamber musician, where he appeared as pianist with the Beaux Arts Trio. This collaboration quickly established his reputation as one of the world’s most revered chamber musicians.
His other chamber music collaborations have included multiple performances with the Juilliard, Emerson, Guarneri and Cleveland Quartets. In addition to over fifty recordings with the Beaux Arts Trio, Pressler has compiled over thirty solo recordings, ranging from the works of Bach to Ben Haim.
Menahem Pressler celebrated his 88th birthday on December 16, 2011. The pianist fled the Nazis from his birthplace of Magdeburg, Germany, in 1938, emigrating to Israel. His life has always been completely devoted to his music. When not touring or giving master classes around the world, Pressler teaches at Indiana University, where he holds the rank of Distinguished Professor.
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