Soulful strains in the air

MAGICAL FINGERS

Soulful strains in the air

A piano recital by Eugene Alcalay will be held on January 20, 7.15 pm at the auditorium of Bangalore School of Music.

This recital is part of ‘Cadenza 2015’, a festival of classical and folk music and is being presented in collaboration with the European Piano Teachers Association of India.

The artiste will present a variety of the best pieces from the classical repertoire.
Spread over ten weeks, the festival will have over 20 performances with intensive training by renowned musicians from eight countries including India.

Pianist Eugene, who is from the United States of America, began playing at the age of two and started composing when he was eight.

He was tutored by the legendary Leonard Bernstein, who recognised his outstanding talent.

In 1904, he was first recipient of the Bernstein Scholarship for gifted young musicians at Indiana University and gained his bachelors degree in music. Aided by Maestro Bernstein, he joined the Curtiss Institute of Music and subsequently, The Julliard School, attaining both a Masters and a Doctoral degree in performance.

His lecturers included the reputed Seymour Lipkin, Robert McDonald, Karen Shaw, James Tocco, Milton Babbitt and Ned Rorem.

His CD, ‘Lyrical Liszt’, released by Parlita Recorder Label, has won accolades for display of his power, gusto and superb interpretation.

 Alcalay’s Concerts have taken him to three continents and prestigious festivals such as Tanglewood, Taos and Kneisel Hall.

His concerts are acclaimed, memorable, poetic and praise-worthy and he dons many hats.

He is a Fulbright Scholar and a Fulbright Senior Specialist and Artiste in Residence in Columbia and an adjudicator at International Festivals and also a Steinway Artiste.
For details, call 41285017.

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