Guest Artist Recital
In “The American Piano,” his May 3 lecture-recital, noted concert pianist Stuart Isacoff relates the story of the piano as it unfolded both in Europe and in a young America. Musical examples will include the first extant pieces written for the piano (Ludovico Giustini, 1732), as well as music by C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven, Jerry Lee Lewis, Couperin, Ravel, Debussy, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Prokofiev, Chopin, Gershwin and others.
Stuart Isacoff also leads a free master class with UW piano students on Friday, May 3, 3:30 p.m. at Brechemin Auditorium.
Stuart Isacoff, piano
Stuart Isacoff is active across North America and Europe as a writer, pianist, composer and lecturer. His ongoing presence in the cultural landscape has included presentations at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center, as well as at festivals around the world; regular contributions on music and art to The Wall Street Journal; and classes at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music (SUNY).
Isacoff is the author of A Natural History of the Piano: The instrument, the Music, the Musicians--From Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between (Knopf), and of the highly acclaimed Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization (Knopf/Vintage). He is a winner of the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music. Additionally, he was the founding editor of the magazine Piano Today, a position he held for nearly three decades.
His piano recitals combine classical repertoire with jazz improvisation, demonstrating the threads that connect musical works created centuries and continents apart. Of his playing, pianist André Watts has said: "Stuart Isacoff's music-making is original and revelatory. Subtle, brilliant use of the instrument combined with a unique musical perspective, create performances of uncommon depth. Isacoff reveals his beautiful interior world with every performance."