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PC PERFORMANCE SERIES - ANDREW WILLIS, FORTE-PIANO
DateMonday, February 3, 2014
Start Time7:30 PM
End Time8:30 PM
LocationEdmunds Hall
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When: Monday, February 3rd Time: 730pm Where: Edmunds Hall, campus of Presbyterian College Tickets: $5 general public; $3 PC faculty, staff, and students What: Fortepiano recital featuring Andrew Willis, pianist Andrew Willis performs in the United States and abroad on pianos of every period. His recording of Op. 106 for the first complete Beethoven sonata cycle on period instruments was hailed by The New York Times as “a ‘Hammerklavier’ of rare stature.” He has also recorded Schubert lieder and Rossini songs with soprano Julianne Baird and early Romantic song cycles with soprano Georgine Resick, as well as 20th-century works with flutist Sue Ann Kahn. At UNCG, where he joined the keyboard faculty in 1994, Willis performs on and teaches a range of keyboard instruments from harpsichord to modern piano. Since 2003 he has directed the biennial UNCG Focus on Piano Literature, for which he commissioned, premiered, and recorded Martin Amlin’s Sonata No. 7 (2000). Keenly interested in the history of the piano and its performance practice, he contributes regularly to conferences on keyboard music. A past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, he serves on the Board of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies and was a finals juror of the first Westfield International Fortepiano Competition in 2011. In recent seasons Willis has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and the Magnolia Baroque Festival and has performed with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Apollo Ensemble, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. He currently extends his investigation of historical performance practice into the Romantic era with performances on an 1848 Pleyel and an 1841 Bösendorfer, and into the Baroque with performances of J. S. Bach and Italian masters on a replica of a 1735 Florentine piano. Andrew Willis is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Temple University, and Cornell University, where his mentors included Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Lambert Orkis, and Malcolm Bilson.