Brian Ganz is one of the leading pianists of his generation. Lending his incredible musical talent and deep understanding of Chopin as an artist, he will perform a one-night, all Chopin concert, highlighting the most-loved favorites and some lesser known, but brilliant, works on November 13th, Sunday at 4 pm at St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo.
The Washington Post wrote of his playing, “One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.” This is exactly the immense depth which Ganz brings to the music in every performance, giving great works new life, infusing them with intense and authentic emotional power. His audiences are delighted by his lively technique and open way of engaging with them throughout the concert. La Libre Belgique, one of Belgium's leading newspapers, described it well, "We don't have the words to speak of this fabulous musician who lives music with a generous urgency and brings his public into a state of intense joy."
Winner of both the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competitions, Ganz is a highly acclaimed pianist, soloing with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony and the City of London Sinfonia. Ganz is artist-in-residence at St. Mary's College of Maryland and a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and the artist-editor of the Schirmer Performance Edition of Chopin’s Preludes.
In 2011, Mr. Ganz began a decade-long project to perform the complete piano works of Chopin in public. “Extreme Chopin” he calls it. After his opening recital, The Washington Post said: "Brian Ganz was masterly in his first installment of the complete works [of Chopin]."
Chopin's music, his status as one of music's earliest superstars, his brush with political insurgency and his early death, has made him an icon of the Romantic era. His works remain as popular today as they were in his lifetime, when he was mobbed by hysterical audiences, much like modern pop stars.
Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $250 and $350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3, the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22, and at the concert half an hour before performance time.