It's rare to encounter musicians who are as devoted to teaching as they are to their performing careers -- or vise-versa. Pianist Bruce Brubaker manages to straddle the worlds of performance and pedagogy with equal measure. At home on international stages or in his New England Conservatory (NEC) studio where he's been the piano chair since 2005, Brubaker's intelligent and questing approach to the piano repertory has won high marks from audiences and students alike. In this August 9 performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Brubaker gives the New York premiere of a piece by Nico Muhly in addition to works by John Cage, Alvin Curran and Philip Glass.
Although some musicians these days tend to gravitate toward the New Music specialist camp or the traditionalist camp, Brubaker is passionate about both. In 2011, he is organizing performances at NEC of the complete piano music of Liszt yet he has also released several recordings of works by John Adams and William Duckworth and has premiered pieces by Glass, Muhly, Cage and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Brubaker is also an avid blogger and his blog PianoMorphosis can be found at Artsjournal.com.
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(L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Damon Whittemore.
John Cage: Dream
Philip Glass: Two Etudes
Nico Muhly: Drones and Piano
Alvin Curran: Inner Cities II