Acclaimed pianist to perform in Concert Series
02 September 2011
Performances by internationally acclaimed pianist and University of Canterbury academic Professor Michael Endres are among the highlights of the UC School of Music's newly launched Concert Series programme.
Performances by internationally acclaimed pianist and University of Canterbury academic Professor Michael Endres are among the highlights of the UC School of Music’s newly launched Concert Series programme.
The programme, which covers the remainder of the year, features fundraising performances of Schubert’s piano sonatas by Professor Endres. His first performance will be at 3pm on 11 September in the Jack Mann Auditorium.
Entry to Professor Endres performances is by donation with the proceeds going to the New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.
“I have wanted to perform the Schubert sonatas as a means of making a fundraising contribution to my new hometown of Christchurch for some time,” said Professor Endres, who joined the University of Canterbury as Professor of Piano in 2009.
“I am delighted that the concerts will now be taking place and hope that the Christchurch community will support all of the concerts in the School of Music Concert Series.”
Professor Endres performs worldwide as a soloist and chamber music partner, and is described by critics as “an outstanding Schubert interpreter”. He gained his master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York and has won prizes including the Concours Geza Anda in Zurich, and first and special prizes at the International Schubert Competition. He has an extensive and prizewinning discography of 27 CDs. His latest Schubert recording (August 2009) was immediately awarded a Diapason d’Dor in France.
Leading US critic Richard Dyer from The Boston Globe called him ”one of the most interesting pianists recording today” and The New York Times wrote that ”the performances with pianist Michael Endres were revelatory”.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts) Professor Ed Adelson said the College of Arts was “privileged to have a pianist and teacher of Professor Endres’ standing on our faculty”.
“Performances of the complete sonatas of Schubert by a major concert artist are a significant event. We hope that the Christchurch community enjoys the opportunity to hear his meaningful interpretation of Schubert’s sonatas and that they support the wonderful range of events on offer in the concert series.”
All concerts in the UC School of Music Concert Series will be held in the Jack Mann Auditorium (entry and parking off Solway Avenue). All concerts in the UC School of Music Concert Series for the remainder of 2011 are free with the option of providing a donation at the door.
To see the full University of Canterbury School of Music Concert Series programme please go to: www.music.canterbury.ac.nz.
For more information please contact:
Director of the Centre for Fine Arts, Music and Theatre
University of Canterbury
Ph: (03) 364 2161
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