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The Art of the Piano: James Giles

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 8 pm
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Program


Waltzes Op. 39 Nos. 1-4, 12-15 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Sonata in B flat major D. Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Molto moderato
Andante sostenuto
Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza – Trio
Allegro, ma non troppo – Presto

Intermission

Alt-Wien Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938)

The Enchanted Nymph Mischa Levitski (1898-1941)

Papillons Moriz Rosenthal (1862-1946)

Prelude Op. 61 No. 1 Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948)

Minuet in G major Op. 14 No. 1 Ignacy Paderewski (1860-1941)

El Albaicin from Iberia Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909
Navarra (completion by William Bolcom)

James Giles regularly performs in important musical centers in America, Europe, and Asia. In 2019 he tours Denmark, Taiwan, and China and performs recitals in Toronto, Paris, Naples, Budapest, and Manchester, England. US dates include recitals in Atlanta, Dallas, Tampa, Des Moines, Bloomington, IN, and Chicago. As a chamber musician he appears at the Tucson Chamber Music Festival and with the Rembrandt Chamber Players and the Dempster Street Promusica in Chicago.

In an eclectic repertoire encompassing the solo and chamber music literatures, Giles is equally at home in the standard repertoire as in the music of our time. He has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, C. Curtis-Smith, Stephen Hough, Lowell Liebermann, Ned Rorem, Augusta Read Thomas, Earl Wild, and James Wintle. Most of these new works are featured on Giles’s Albany Records release entitled “American Virtuoso.” His recording of solo works by Schumann and Prokofiev is available on England’s Master Musicians label. He recorded John Harbison’s Horn Trio with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and recently released a recording with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic.

He has performed with New York’s Jupiter Symphony (Alkan and Czerny); the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra in Queen Elizabeth Hall (Mozart and Beethoven); the Kharkiv Philharmonic in Ukraine (Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff); and with the Opera Orchestra of New York in Alice Tully Hall (Chopin). After his Tully Hall solo recital debut, critic Harris Goldsmith wrote: “Giles has a truly distinctive interpretive persona. This was beautiful pianism – direct and unmannered.” Other tours have included concerts in the Shanghai International Piano Festival; St. Petersburg’s White Nights New Music Festival, Warsaw’s Chopin Academy of Music; Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series, Salt Lake City’s Assembly Hall Concert Series, and in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, and the Purcell Room at London’s South Bank Centre. He has given live recitals over the public radio stations of New York, Boston, Chicago, and Indianapolis. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with members of the National and Chicago Symphonies and with members of the Escher, Pacifica, Cassatt, Chicago, Ying, Chester, St. Lawrence, Essex, Lincoln, and Miami Quartets, as well as singers Aprile Millo and Anthony Dean Griffey.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Giles studied with Byron Janis at the Manhattan School of Music, Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music, and Robert Shannon at Oberlin College. He received early career assistance from the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Italy with the legendary pianist Lazar Berman.

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