World famous fortepianist stars in inaugural Chancellor's Concert

24 March 2014

Renowned American pianist Steven Lubin, best known for is path-breaking performances of Mozart and Beethoven concertos on the fortepiano, is the international guest performer at the University of Sydney's inaugural Chancellor's Concert on Friday 28 March at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Over his momentous 35 year career, Lubin has appeared as a concerto soloist and recitalist in many of the great concert halls all over the world. His work has been described by some as "perhaps closer to what Beethoven heard in his imagination than anything recorded before."

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Dean, Dr Karl Kramer said: "It is fitting to have such a pioneering musician as Steven Lubin appear as the first international guest musician at our inaugural Chancellor's Concert.

"He is highly admired the world over for his artistry and technical brilliance in the delivery of the great classical compositions.

"This will be a stellar performance for our first symphony orchestral concert of the year. It will be a great showcase of the international standard at which our students are performing and delivering their music."

Steven Lubin's first interest in historical performance led him to become internationally recognised for performing the great works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. In a desire to be true to the sound of the classical masterpieces, Lubin regularly performed them on replica Viennese-action fortepianos - one of the highly-revered styles of piano manufacturing popular from the 1770s until the end of the 19th century.

Lubin's pioneering work included a series of solo recitals including his 1977 debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, when he performed Mozart works on his fortepiano and a large-scale Chopin work on a modern grand piano.

For the Inaugural Chancellor's Concert, he will perform on a modern grand piano accompanied by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's Symphony Orchestra. Together they will perform Mozart's arousing Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466. It was the first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 20 in Vienna in 1785 that saw Mozart as the soloist, the role which Lubin will play at the Chancellor's Concert.

Lubin and the orchestra will be guided under the batton of Eduardo Diazmuñoz, who joined the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as its Chair of Conducting in late 2013. A Mexican-Spaniard conductor with a career that spans 37 years and 15 countries, Diazmuñoz is described as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Under Diazmuñoz's skillful command, the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra will also perform works by Sibelius and Brahms.

The Chancellor's Concert, hosted for the first time by the University of Sydney's Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM, marks the beginning of what will be an annual event at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. It will set the scene each year for the series of orchestral music concerts that will be staged by Australia's premier tertiary music institution.

Event details:
What: Inaugural University of Sydney Chancellor's Concert
Where: Sydney Conservatorium of Music
When: Friday 28 March, 6.30pm
Saturday, 29 March, 2pm
Cost: $20 adult and $10 concession/student/child
Bookings: and or the
Box Office at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (in advance or on concert night)

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