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Andrew Zhou, New Music for Piano

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
at 8:00 PM

Barnes Hall
129 Ho Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14853

Free Event

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Andrew Zhou, piano, presents a recital entitled “3×0.” The program consists of three seminal works from the second half of the 20th century, each written by composers at a time when they were striving to reinvigorate their compositional voice through the exploration of new musical terrain: György Ligeti’s polystylistic Musica Ricercata(plus a clutch of his later etudes), Luciano Berio’s ghostly, turbulent Sequenza IV (and the wistful Wasserklavier), and John Adams’s rippling Phrygian Gates.

Finalist and major laureate of four special prizes at the Concours International de Piano d’Orléans, pianist Andrew Zhou has been noted for his “great sensitivity” and “luminous technique” (Anaclase), as well as performances of “extraordinary energy” (ResMusica) that juxtapose the canonized and the contemporary.  He has appeared in solo and collaborative projects at major venues in Boston, Paris, Lucerne, and New York City, and has worked closely with Unsuk Chin, Tod Machover, Tristan Murail, Christopher Stark, Christian Wolff, and Walter Zimmermann, as well as countless composers from a younger generation.  He studied primarily with Xak Bjerken, Bruce Brubaker, and Thomas Schultz, in addition to influential work with Stephen Drury, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich.  His album, “Vienne et après,” featuring premiere recordings of works by Matthias Pintscher and Olga Neuwirth, was released on the Tessitures label.