October 1, 2010

Legendary Pianist Alfred Brendel Conducts Two Masterclasses at NEC, Oct. 15 and 16

Will Work with Student Pianists, Chamber Ensembles

Legendary pianist Alfred Brendel, who retired from performing two years ago, will return to New England Conservatory, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. and 16 at 10 a.m. for two masterclasses.  He will work with student pianists and chamber ensembles in NEC’s historic Jordan Hall.

Essentially self-taught, Brendel was a renowned interpreter of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Liszt. His performing career lasted 60 years after which he began traveling around the world giving lectures and conducting masterclasses—the better to share a lifetime of accumulated knowledge. He presented a lecture-demonstration and piano masterclasses at NEC in November 2009. At that time, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the Conservatory.

The masterclasses are free and open to the public.

For further information, check the NEC Website  or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. Pierce Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115