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Faculty Recital: Stephen Drury

| New England Conservatory: Jordan Hall

NEC Piano faculty and Artist Diploma alum Stephen Drury performs a recital of works by Schumann, Debussy, Lachenmann and Schubert.

Stephen Drury has given performances throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America, soloing with orchestras from San Diego to Bucharest. A prizewinner in several competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild, Affiliate Artists, and Carnegie Hall/Rockefeller competitions, his repertoire stretches from Bach, Mozart, and Liszt to the music of today. The U.S. State Department sponsored two concert tours that enabled him to take the sounds of dissonance to Paris, Hong Kong, Greenland, Pakistan, Prague, and Japan. He has appeared as conductor and pianist at the Angelica Festival in Italy, the MusikTriennale Köln in Germany, Spoleto Festival USA, and with the Britten Sinfonia in England, as well as at Roulette and the Knitting Factory in New York. Drury has also performed with Merce Cunningham and Mikhail Barishnikov in the Lincoln Center Festival, at Alice Tully Hall as part of the Great Day in New York Festival, with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and with the Seattle Chamber Players in Seattle and Moscow. A champion of 20th-century music, Drury’s critically acclaimed performances range from the piano sonatas of Charles Ives to works by John Cage and György Ligeti. He premiered the solo part of John Cage’s 1O1 with the Boston Symphony and gave the first performance of John Zorn’s concerto for piano and orchestra Aporias with Dennis Russell Davies and the Cologne Radio Symphony. He has commissioned new works from Cage, Zorn, Terry Riley, Lee Hyla, and Chinary Ung. Drury has given masterclasses at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Mannes Beethoven Institute and throughout the world, and served on juries for the Concert Artist Guild and Orléans Concours International de Piano XXème Siècle Competitions. His recordings include music by Beethoven, Liszt, Stockhausen, Ravel, Stravinsky, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, Frederic Rzewski, John Cage, Colin McPhee, and John Zorn.

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Program

  1. Kinderszenen, Op. 15

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Artists: Stephen Drury

  2. Children’s Corner, L. 113

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Artists: Stephen Drury

  3. Ein Kinderspiel

    Composer: Helmut Lachenmann

    Artists: Stephen Drury

  4. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960

    Composer: Franz Schubert

    Artists: Stephen Drury

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