Episode #1889

Studio Session with Pianist Michael Brown

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pianist Michael Brown (Janette Beckman)

Pianist Michael Brown has made regular visits to the Young Artists Showcase, including a studio session two years ago, and has appeared as the winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, as well as the 2012 William Petschek Piano Award at Juilliard.

In our studio this week, the pianist and composer performs Beethoven’s Eroica Variations, a piece by his composition teacher George Perle, and some recent variations of his own. As he tells host Bob Sherman, Brown first discovered Perle's music as a teenager tuning in to WQXR. Perle became his teacher and mentor, and the pianist pays tribute with a pair of performances on this show, as well as a new CD of works by Perle on Bridge Records that comes out next month.

Brown has been busy this season with recitals in Europe, including his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with another Young Artists Showcase alum, violinist Elena Urioste. Here in New York, Brown has a pair of recitals coming up in May. First, a solo recital at the DiMenna Center, then a duo concert sponsored by the Concert Artists Guild at Barbèsa bar and performance space in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Program Details:

George Perle: Chansons Cachées, for piano
George Perle: Classic Suite
Michael Brown: Folk Variations
Beethoven: Eroica Variations, Op. 35
— Michael Brown, piano.

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Produced by:

Aaron Dalton
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Comments [2]

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik from Lido Beach, NY

In full disclosure I sat down to listen to this session as a friend of the family - within moments I was transported to a magical, almost mystic place of music that is I am certain unique to this gifted young artist. The wonderful young pianist - Michael Brown - is unquestionably an extraordinary talent - he has a particular touch on piano that virtually reaches within the wood to pluck, strum and play the strings of the instrument as though he were playing a harp - This ability is simply staggering, leaving one with the sense of listening to music that liquidly pours through his fingers. Bravo! If it is not too unseemly, I will stand on my chair on one foot and bang a tambourine in joyous celebration of this wonderful young artist and the brilliant future that lies before him.

Apr. 23 2014 09:33 PM
IRENE KETOVER

What a wonderful talent and such an unassuming young man !

Kudos to McGraw Hill for encouraging and supporting these fine young men and women..,and giving recognition to their hard work and their devotion to follow their dreams..

Apr. 23 2014 09:11 PM

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