New England Conservatory piano chair Bruce Brubaker invites the public to join NEC students in exploring the challenges and complexities that pianists face in the world today, through presentations and masterclasses by guest artists and NEC faculty.

This morning, Professor of Music at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Steven Lubin leads the seminar.

As an early musician, in his sub-specialty as fortepianist, Mr. Lubin has been a dominating figure for two decades. He pioneered a series of solo recitals including fortepiano in major New York venues (including his 1977 debut in Carnegie Recital Hall), and, having organized a classic-period orchestra in the early 80s, offered pathbreaking performances of Mozart concertos in period style, as soloist/conductor, in several of New York's principal halls (Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum).

His recordings of several Mozart concertos for Arabesque served as an introduction for many listeners world-wide to period-style performance of this repertoire. These recordings garnered widespread critical praise, including a recording-of-the-year citation from Stereo Review magazine, and earned Mr. Lubin a European reputation. He was chosen by Decca to record the five piano concertos of Beethoven with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music, a recording cited as definitive by many critics internationally, and named as one of the most distinguished recordings of the year by Stereo Review, The New York Times, Gramophone, Fanfare, and The Penguin Guide. Mr. Lubin has also released a series of highly acclaimed recordings for Harmonia Mundi USA.

Mr. Lubin received his bachelors degree in philosophy at Harvard College, and his masters in piano at the Juilliard School. He earned a Ph.D. in musicology at New York University, with an analytic dissertation on Beethoven. He served as Head of the Graduate Theory Department as a professor at Cornell University, and has also taught at Vassar College and the Juilliard School. He has published substantially in the musical area, and has a busy lecture career.

Date: January 31, 2014 - 10:00:AM
Price: Free
Location: Keller Room

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