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Feb. 5, 2004

Current And Former UI Piano Faculty Team Up For Two-Piano Concert Feb. 15

Pianists Uriel Tsachor -- a current member of the UI School of Music faculty -- and Daniel Shapiro -- a former member -- will team up to present a concert of original classical works for two pianos, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Tsachor and Shapiro will play three major works from the 18th and 19th centuries: Robert Schumann's Andante and Variations in B-flat Major for two pianos, op. 46; Mozart's Sonata in D Major for two pianos, K. 375a; and Johannes Brahms' Sonata in F Minor for two pianos, op. 34b

All three are works that were originally written as two-piano duets, a genre that was an area of serious composition in the 18th and 19th centuries. "Unlike the common modern-day notion that two-piano music consists of popular, lightweight arrangements of other media, this program represents important original works by the composers," Tsachor commented.

"The Schumann Op. 46 belongs with the great chamber works written during 1842-3, which was dubbed by musicologists as Schumann's 'chamber music years,'" he said. "It was written along with the string quartets op. 41, the Piano Quintet op.44 and the Piano Quartet op.47. It is highly lyrical and profound.

"So is the Mozart, an original work with one of the greatest slow movements ever written by Mozart.

"The Brahms sonata is the precursor to the famous Piano Quintet in F minor, which is actually a re-scoring of the two-piano sonata. It is note-by-note identical to the quintet and as such counts among Brahms' towering masterworks."

Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988. A Steinway artist, Tsachor was a winner of the Bosendorfer Empire International Competition in 1986 and the Busoni Competition in 1985, and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 1983. He is a graduate of the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and the Juilliard School in New York. He has performed as a soloist in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Paris and other cities around the world.

Tsachor has performed with the Israel Philharmonic by invitation from Zubin Mehta. He has also appeared as soloist with the New York City Symphony, the Teatro La Fenice Symphony in Venice and the National Orchestra of Belgium, among others. He has performed both live and in recordings for radio and television stations in Israel, Europe and the United States, and he has made 18 recordings for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DIVOX, Olympia and EMS labels. In November 1999 the Paris-based label CALLIOPE released a two-CD set of the complete violin and piano sonatas and arrangements by Brahms, featuring Tsachor and violinist Andrew Hardy.

Currently on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Shapiro has pursued a multi-faceted career in several areas of musical performance. He began piano studies at the age of six, and made his conducting debut at Tanglewood, Mass., the summer home of the Boston Symphony, at the age of 16. Two years later he received a special award at Tanglewood for outstanding achievement in piano, chamber music and conducting.

Shapiro has performed solo piano recitals and concerto appearances across the United States, in Brazil, Britain, Ireland, Spain and France, and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 2002 he performed his second complete cycle of the piano sonatas of Beethoven at the Cleveland Institute of Music, a cycle he first performed at the UI in 1995.

As a chamber musician, Shapiro performs regularly with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the orchestra's chamber series. He has participated at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival and the Fellowship Program at Tanglewood, and was a winner in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He has released chamber music compact discs on the Harmonia Mundi and ASV labels.

Shapiro received the top prize in the 1992 William Kapell International Piano Competition. He also won the American Pianists' Association Beethoven Fellowship Award, the Joanna Hedges International Piano Competition, the Young Musicians' Foundation Debut competition and the International Piano Recording Competition. Shapiro taught at the UI School of Music 1992-97.

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