Piano Expression Ltd. Recital Series

Piano Expression Ltd. is an exciting new piano recital series that will feature the very best New York City-based professional concert pianists at an affordable price to the public. Situated in the stately and elegant Goethe Institut, 1014 Fifth Avenue(84th st.), NYC, directly across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1 1/2 hours of piano magic will be captured on the first Thursday of every month, starting on October 13, 2004 and running until June 2, 2005. Piano Expression Ltd. is a newly formed non-profit group whose board members include:
  • Phred Meller, founder of Phred Piano Expression, the largest piano instruction group in Bergen County, New Jersey.
  • Eva L. Kovalik, The Juilliard School of Music faculty.
  • Martin Canin, The Juilliard School of Music Piano faculty.
  • Luiz de Moura Castro, Hartt School of Music Piano Faculty at the University of Hartford, Head of Piano Department at the Juan Pedro Carrero School of Music, Barcelona, Spain.

    All recitals will start at 8:00 pm with a “Meet the Artist” Reception to follow. Refreshments provided.
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October 13, 2004 Alexander Slobodyanik

Alexander Slobodyanik, known to audiences around the world as one of the great pianists from the former Soviet Union, has enjoyed a prodigious international career spanning over three decades. He made his debut tour to the United States in 1968 which included a recital at Carnegie Hall, which was highly praised by critics, recognizing him as a leader of his generation. Following his American debut, Mr. Slobodyanik returned regularly for tours of the United States and Canada until 1979, when the cultural agreement between the US and the Soviet Union was broken. After a nine year absence from the American concert stage, his 1988 concert tour of the United States was hailed by the Chicago Tribune a “triumphant return.” Mr. Slobodyanik has appeared at the world’s major music centers and has performed with such renowned orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Montreal Symphony, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Orchestre Natioinal de France, St. Petersburg philharmonic, Kirov Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists.

Program: Chopin: Etude, Op. 10, No. 12; Etudes Op. 25, Nos. 1-12. Brahms: Waltzer Op. 39. Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7, Op. 83, Allegro inquieto, Andante caloroso, Precipitato. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6.

November 4, 2004 Juana Zayas

Juana Zayas’s prodigious talent emerged at a very early age. At age seven, she gave her first solo recital, performing works by Beethoven, Handel and Chopin. Four years later, Ms. Zayas graduated from the Peyrellade Conservatory in her native Havana with a performance of the Schumann Concerto. She left Cuba to attend the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where she studied piano with Joseph Benvenuti and chamber music with Rene Le Roy, taking First Prize in both.

Ms. Zayas has performed throughout Europe, South America and the United States. In recent seasons she has opened the 199 and 2000 Newport Music Festival in Newport, Rhode Island with all-Chopin programs and played all of Chopins’s Etudes at the 2000 World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is regularly invited by the prestigious Serate Musicali to give recitals at Verdi hall in Milan and has performed with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Zeeuws Orchestra in the Netherlands, the Orquesta Sinmfonica de Radio Television Espanola in Madrid, the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra as well as the Lexington Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonica and the San Diego Symphony Orchestras.

Program: Schumann: Arabesque, Op. 18, Carnavall, Op.9; Chopin: Four Ballades, G Minor, Op. 23, F Major, Op. 38, Ab Major, Op. 47, F Minor, Op. 52

December 2, 2004 Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi

Pianist Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi is a virtuoso pianist with a powerful technique, and encyclopedic repertoire, and a rich “singing” sound, whose personal courage in overcoming adversity is as noteworthy as her musical excellence. She has performed worldwide, in 34 major cities in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In both solo recitals and with orchestras she has received critical and audience acclaim wherever she plays. Her performances in New York City have included 16 Carnegie Hall appearances. Ms. Bottazzi holds a Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatory and has been awarded three masters degrees – one in Argentina and two in the US – plus a Ph.D. in composition from the Catholic University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and a second doctoral degree, a DMA in piano from the Juilliard School in New York.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Bottazzi was a child prodigy originally taught, beginning at age two, by her mother, the well-known Argentine pedagogue, Ana Sieiro de Trenchi. She gave her first solo recital at age four in Buenos Aires and at age 13 went to Paris to continue her studies with famed teachers Nadia Boulanger, Yves Nat, and especially Germaine Pinault. She also studied for five years with Argentina’s most famous composer, Alberto Ginastera, and later among many others in New York, with Roger Sessions and Martin Canin.

Program: Galuppi: Sonata in C Maj., Andante, Allegro, Allegro Assai; Beethoven: Sonata No. 2, Op. 27; Adagio Sostenuto, Allegretto, Presto Agitato; Chopin: Ballade in G Min., Op. 23, Scherzo in Bb Min, Op. 31, No. 2; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue.

January 6, 2005 Janice Weber

Janice Weber is a summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Sarajevo Philharmonic, Sarasota Pops and Syracuse Symphony. Her solo performances have been at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Weill Hall, National Gallery of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Boston Symphony Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall, Boston Hatch Shell and the Newport Festival. She has toured Yugoslavia, Turkey and the Baltic States under the auspices of the US Information Service.. Her interest in the uncommon avenues of the piano literature led to a world premiere recording of Liszt’s 1938 Transcendental Etudes. Time Magazine wrote, “Liszt later simplified these pieces into the still ferociously difficult Transcendental Etudes (1852 version) for fear that no one else could play them. There may now be several fire-eating piano virtuosos who can execute the original notes, but few can liberate the prophetic music they contain as masterfully as Janice Weber does here.”

Janice Weber made her New York Town Hall piano debut at age twelve and she hasn’t stopped playing since, except to turn out extremely entertaining and provocative novels: The Secret Life of Eva Hathaway, Customs Violation, Frost the Fiddler, Devil’s Food and Hot Ticket.

Program: Shostakovich, Sonata No. 1(1926); Beethoven, Sonata Op. 90, Bolcom, Three Dance Portraits(1986); Brahms, Klavierstuecke Op. 118; Bellini-Liszt, Reminiscences of “Norma”, Ornstein, Schumann, Shostakovich, Virtuoso transcriptions.

February 3, 2005 Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi*

*The Nina Svetlanova concert has been cancelled. Instead, Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi will perform the following program:

Mozart: 12 Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, maman”
Beethoven: Sonata Op. 13 (Pathetique)
Gershwin: Three Preludes
Fuchs: Schumerlied
Debussy: Clair de Lune; Reflets Dan’s L’eau
Chopin: Ballade in Ab Major, Op47; Waltz No.2, Op 64, Andante Spinato, Grand Polonaise Brilliant Op. 22

March 3, 2005 Gayle Martin Henry
Gayle Martin Henry has had a distinguished career as a concert pianist, achieving international prominence as the sole American laureate of the sixth International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, and only the third American woman ever to reach the finals. Her performances include appearances with the Houston Symphony (since age 12), the Denver Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Amarillo, Virginia and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras, the California Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. She has toured throughout South America –including an engagement in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Argentina. Additional concerts include performances at Alice Tully Hall in New York, at the White House and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and numerous other appearances throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, England, Austria, Poland, Israel, Russia and Mexico.

A native Texan, Gayle Martin Henry was a student of Mm. Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin at The Juilliard School in New York where she won both the prestigious Josef Lhevinne Prize and the Tchaikovsky Concerto Competition. She holds the M.A. degree from New York University and was on its piano faculty for five years.

Program: Works by Clementi, Haydn, Chopin, Field
April 7, 2005 Luiz de Moura Castro

Luiz de Moura Castro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he received his early training and graduated summa cum laude from the National School of Music. He continued his studies at the Liszt Academy of Budapest. He has appeared with the Orchestre de Chambre, Lausanne, Lisbon Radio Orchestra, Filarmonichi di Turino, Bratislava and Janacek Orchestras, Varoslav Symphony, Russia, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hartford and Syracuse Symphonies, in addition to all the major orchestras in Brazil. Invited by Lily Kraus to teach at Texas Christian University, he has lived in the United States for more than 25 years.

He is currently on the full-time faculty of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and is head of the piano Department at the Juan Pedro Carrero School of Music, Barcelona. De Moura Castro holds a visiting professorship at The Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

Program: The romantic music of Chopin

May 5, 6, 7, 2006 New York City International Piano Competition
for Outstanding Amateurs
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The purpose of the New York City International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs is to provide a venue for accomplished amateur classical pianists who usually play only for friends and relatives in the sanctity of their living rooms. Emphasis will be more on the sharing and joy of music-making and less on the competition aspect. Modeled on the highly successful Concours des Grands Amateurs de Piano held annually in Paris, France, the Competition is open to anyone for whom playing the piano is more than a hobby but less than a profession.


June 2, 2005 Eva L. Kovalik

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Ms. Kovalik’s musical studies began at the age of six at the Junior Division of the Franz Liszt Academy. She continued her studies there, winning many awards and scholarships until receiving her Artist Diploma in 1956. Emigrating to the West the same year, she continued her studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, receiving her B.M. degree in 1964. During her studies at McGill, she performed extensively throughout Canada and had a performing contract with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, performing solo, chamber music and as soloist with orchestra. In 1964 she received a double scholarship from both the British and Canadian Councils for Post Graduate Studies in England at the Royal Academy of Music and as a student of Lily Kraus. After touring extensively in Europe that year, she returned to the United States, to continue post graduate work at the Juilliard School as a student of Adele Marcus and at Columbia University where she received a master’s degree. She was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at Juilliard in 1968, followed by an appointment to the Faculty of the Extension Division, where she currently teaches. Ms. Kovalik continues to perform regularly, giving recitals in Europe and throughout the United States.

Program: Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert.

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