Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop - Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos II - Summer Music 2017

  • July 23, 2017
  • Simon Music Center
  • Auer Hall, 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-855-9846
  • 4:00 PM
  • Free

Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop

Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos – Concert II

Featuring  Eugene Albulescu, guest conductor; Jerome Lowenthal & Edward Auer, piano soloists

EASPW Orchestra
Eugene Albulescu, alumnus guest conductor

Jerome Lowenthal*, guest piano
Edward Auer*, piano

*EASPW faculty

Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for piano 
       and orchestra, Op. 58

Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in B-Flat Major for piano 
       and orchestra, Op. 73 (“Emperor”)

About the Performers

Eugene Albulescu (alumnus guest conductor)

Eugene Albulescu is an award-winning musician who combines a blazing technique with the artistic integrity and originality to express musical emotions at their most personal level. His emergence on the international scene came in 1994, when his solo piano debut recording (Albulescu Plays Liszt, MANU1446) earned him the Grand Prix du Disque Liszt, awarded for the best Liszt recording of the year, adding Albulescu’s name to that of legendary recipients such as Horowitz and Brendel. Noted New York Times critic Harold Schonberg praised Albulescu in the American Record Guide for his “infallible fingers of steel,” declaring that “nothing, anywhere, has any terrors for him.”

Performances in New York at BargeMusic in 1996 attracted the attention of WNYC which broadcast Albulescu’s Hammerklavier interpretation live; he later gave his Carnegie Hall debut in the Stern Auditorium in 2001 performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Since then Albulescu has worked as conductor and soloist with numerous major orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony, The Romanian National George EnescuPhilharmonic, the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony. He toured the US with the Barbizon Chamber Orchestra and later led two US tours as music director with the French Chamber Orchestra. His recordings have been released on Ode/Manu label, Ode/BMG, Trust, as well as Downstage Recordings. His most recent release on the Naxos label with the New Zealand Symphony features the “Rock Concerto” composed for Albulescu by celebrated New Zealand composer Jenny McLeod.

Albulescu’s outreach in over one hundred US high schools has been significant, and his program “Inside the Piano” linking technology and creativity earned him coverage from the major media, including articles in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as the cover of Clavier Magazine. Albulescu performed at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and was invited to perform at the White House for the Millennium celebrations. His work as conductor, soloist and recording artist spans four continents.

Albulescu started his piano studies in Romania at age six, at the Enescu Music School in Bucharest. His family moved to New Zealand in 1984 to escape Romania’s Communist regime. He completed his musical studies with Edward Auer at Indiana University where, at nineteen, he was the youngest person ever to teach as an assistant instructor. Eugene Albulescu is a Steinway Artist who currently teaches on the music faculty at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Edward Auer (piano)

Edward Auer has long been recognized as a leading interpreter of the works of Chopin. As the first American to win a prize in the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, he has returned to Poland for well over 20 concert tours, playing in every major city and with every major orchestra.

Auer has played solo recitals and concertos in over 30 countries on five continents, collaborating with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona and Riccardo Chailly.

Auer grew up in Los Angeles, where he studied piano with Aube Tzerko, a protégé of Artur Schnabel, and composition with Leonard Stein, a Schoenberg student. A precocious chamber musician and the son of an accomplished amateur violist, he was playing the Mozart piano quartets and the Schumann quintet with his father and his friends at the ripe old age of eight. He won several competitions in the Los Angeles area, and frequently appeared in concerts there, both as soloist and in chamber music.

Auer’s studies continued at the Juilliard School with Rosina Lhévinne and in Paris on a Fulbright Grant under Julius Katchen. Besides the Chopin Competition, Auer was a prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Beethoven competition in Vienna and the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, and took First Prize in the Concours Marguerite Long in Paris. Now, years later, these and other contests regularly invite him to be on their juries.

For two years now, Mr. Auer has been at work on an ambitious series of recordings of the works of Chopin, to celebrate that composer’s 2010 bicentennial. As currently projected it will consist of at least eight volumes. The first, Chopin Nocturnes Volume 1, was released to great acclaim and a dazzling review from New York Concert Review’s Harris Goldsmith.

Edward Auer is on the Piano faculty at Indiana University Bloomington.

Jerome Lowenthal (guest piano)

Jerome Lowenthal, born in 1932, continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a youthful intensity and an eloquence born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and the emotions.

Mr. Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cortot, while traveling annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Bolzano, Darmstadt, and Brussels), he moved to Jerusalem where he played, taught and lectured for three years.

Returning to America, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic playing Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1963.  Since then, he has performed everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, as well as giants of the past such as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark, Avalon and Shanghai Quartets.  He has recently recorded the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with cadenzas by eleven different composers.  His other recordings include concerti by Tchaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sinding and Bartók, and chamber music by Arensky and Taneyev.

Teaching is also an important part of Mr. Lowenthal's musical life. For twenty years at the Juilliard School and for forty-one summers at the Music Academy of the West, he has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural perspective and to project it with the freedom which that perspective allows.

Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop - Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos II - Summer Music 2017