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Murray Perahia Returns to Princeton for Paderewski Memorial Concert

April 24, 2017

INFO:  609-258-2800

TICKETS: 609-258-9220
CONTACT:  Dasha Koltunyuk,, 609-258-6024


Pianist Murray Perahia first graced the Richardson Auditorium stage in the spring of 1976, shortly after winning the Leeds Piano Competition and earning his first record deal. Forty years later, he returns to Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8PM as one of the most influential pianists of our time, having performed with every leading orchestra to universal acclaim, all while enjoying the friendship of the likes of composer Benjamin Britten and pianist Vladimir Horowitz. His program for the Paderewski Memorial Concert, featuring works by J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven, will be preceded by a pre-concert event at 7PM free to all ticketholders during which the student winners of this season’s Creative Reactions Contest will read their winning reactions to concerts on the PUC series. This concert, the last of PUC’s 123rd season, is sold out; obstructed view tickets can be purchased at the Frist Center Box Office by calling 609-258-9220.

Having released a recording of Bach’s Complete French Suites for Deutsche Grammophon this past fall, Perahia will begin his program at Richardson Auditorium with the sixth suite in the set. For the pianist, this work is “Bach at the highest level...I don’t think Bach wrote one note that didn’t have wider meanings and that wasn’t to be tackled with all one’s heart and soul.” The sixth suite -- the last in Bach’s oeuvre of French suites -- will be followed by further “final” works. Beethoven’s Op. 111 Piano Sonata was his last; Schubert’s D. 935 Impromptus were composed the year before he died and published posthumously; Mozart’s Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 was also written in the composer’s last years. Together, the four works constitute some of the most beautiful music in the piano repertoire. It is a most fitting and poignant way in which to finish the 2016-2017 Princeton University Concerts season.

About Murray Perahia:
In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South East Asia.

Born in New York, Mr. Perahia started playing piano at the age of four, and later attended Mannes College where he majored in conducting and composition. His summers were spent at the Marlboro Festival, where he collaborated with such musicians as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. He also studied at the time with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In subsequent years, he developed a close friendship with Vladimir Horowitz, whose perspective and personality were an abiding inspiration. In 1972 Mr. Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition, and in 1973 he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he worked closely with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.

Mr. Perahia has a wide and varied discography. Sony Classical has issued a special boxed set edition of all his recordings including several DVDs entitled The First 40 Years. His recording of Brahms/Handel Variations, which won the Gramophone Award in 2011, has been called “one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available.” He is the recipient of two Grammy awards, for his recordings of Chopin’s complete Etudes and Bach’s English Suites Nos. 1, 3, and 6, and numerous Grammy nominations. Mr. Perahia has also won several Gramophone Awards.

Recently, Mr. Perahia embarked on an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition. He also produced and edited numerous hours of recordings of recently discovered master classes by the legendary pianist, Alfred Cortot, which resulted in the highly acclaimed Sony CD release, “Alfred Cortot: The Master Classes.”

Mr. Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and he holds honorary doctorates from Leeds University and Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.



WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8PM
WHAT: BACH: French Suite No.6 in E major, SCHUBERT: Impromptus Op. 142, D. 935, MOZART: Rondo in A minor,  K. 511, BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 32 Op. 111

Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
$50, 40, 25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. This concert, the last of PUC’s 123rd season, is sold out; obstructed view tickets can be purchased at the Frist Center Box Office by calling 609-258-9220.
Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024.

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024