Masterworks V

Masterworks V

May 1, 2015
8:00 PM | Capitol Theater | Overture Center for the Arts
Guest Artist, Bryan Wallick, pianist

Back by popular demand, Bryan Wallick dazzled us with his stunning performance of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Egyptian”, in 2013. He returns to perform the “Emperor” Concerto in this all-Beethoven show-stopper. Opening the concert is the Leonora Overture No. 1, the first of four overtures written for his one and only opera Fidelio and concluding with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, one of those works you never get tired listening to.

REPERTOIRE

BEETHOVEN  | Leonore Overture No. 1  
BEETHOVEN  |  Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major ‘Emperor’
BEETHOVEN  |  Symphony No. 7 in A major 

REVIEWS

"Wallick made the most of the third movement with astonishing fluency and power, but more pleasing was his flawless integration of his playing with the orchestra's. If you have read any of my other reviews, you know I dislike hearing the soloist swamped by the orchestra — this was different. This was a seamless fabric of sound." - Courier & Press

"The audience applauded his virtuoso piano so intensely and for so long that he relented and served up a little dessert -- a wicked "Flight of the Bumblebee." So fast, his hands were blurs over the keys."  - Extreme Culture

ABOUT BRYAN WALLICK

Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. Gold medalist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. 
 
Mr. Wallick made his New York recital debut in 1998 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and made his Wigmore Hall recital debut in London in 2003.  He has also performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta and at the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church with the London Soloist’s Chamber Orchestra.
 
In recent seasons, Mr. Wallick has performed with the Boise Philharmonic, Brevard Symphony, Capetown Philharmonic, Cincinnati Pops, Durban Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Kentucky Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and the Winston-Salem Symphony; and collaborated with Erich Kunzel, Marvin Hamlisch, Yasuo Shinozaki, Vladimir Verbitsky, Victor Yampolsky, Josep Vicent, Leslie Dunner, Robert Moody, Alfred Savia, Christopher Confessore, and Carmon Deleon among others.  Mr. Wallick has performed recitals at the Chateau Differdange in Luxembourg, on the Tivoli Artists Series in Copenhagen, Ravina's Rising Star Series, Xavier Piano Series (Cincinnati), Scottsdale Center’s Steinway Series, Sanibel Island Music Festival, and the Classics in the Atrium Series in the British Virgin Islands.  In March 2002, Mr. Wallick played two solo performances at LedreborgPalace for HRH Princess Marie Gabrielle Luxembourg, and HRH Prince Philip Bourbon de Parme.
 
Mr. Wallick’s 2012-13 highlights included a solo recital debut at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and return engagements with the Brevard Symphony, the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony, and a debut performance with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic.  In 2013-14 he will make his orchestral debut with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphony, the Pretoria Symphony, will return to the Johannesburg Philharmonic, and will also perform solo and chamber recitals throughout South Africa with violinist Sergey Malov, cellist Anzel Gerber and soprano Hanli Stapela.   
 
Mr. Wallick has performed on National Ukrainian Television and Radio, on Danish National Radio, on Chicago’s WFMT Fazioli Series, on BBC's radio show "In Tune," and on NPR's "Performance Today." He was recently given a grant by the ScottsdaleCenter for the Performing Arts to explore his synesthetic realities in a multimedia project that allows the audience to see the colors he experiences while performing.  Synesthesia is the ability to experience two or more sensory experiences with one stimulus.  Bryan Wallick sees colors with each musical pitch and has created a computer program that projects images of his colored visions to the audience. 
 
Mr. Wallick studied with Jerome Lowenthal in New York City where he was the first JuilliardSchool graduate to receive both an undergraduate Honors Diploma (2000) and an accelerated Master's Degree (2001).  He continued his studies with Christopher Elton in London at the Royal Academy of Music where he was the recipient of the Associated Board International Scholarship, receiving a Post-graduate Diploma with Distinction, and previously studied with Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.  George Plimpton's feature article on Bryan Wallick appears in the March 2002 edition of Contents magazine.
- See more at: http://bryanwallick.com/bio/#sthash.wkoj3knD.dpuf

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“Wallick pulled off the virtuoso fireworks with ease, but also with a sense of Gallic elegance.”
-The Daily Page