Pianist Helge Antoni in Baylor Recital

January 5, 2017
World-renowned Swedish pianist Helge Antoni will present a guest recital called “Romantissimo” at Baylor University on Thursday, January 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. This is Mr. Antoni’s second appearance at Baylor, returning to campus four years after his performance on November 10, 2012.
Born in Malmö, Sweden, in 1956, Mr. Antoni was the first Swedish musician to be awarded a British Council Fellowship. A successful debut at the Mai Musical in Bordeaux led to a much acclaimed debut in Paris in 1982. The following year, he won the coveted Menuhin Prize.
Helge Antoni’s creative programming and his personal approach to audiences have made him a much sought-after pianist worldwide, both in solo recitals and in concertos with orchestra. He has made several highly acclaimed records for the Etcetera label, including the piano works of Christian Sinding. His album The Piano Experience explores three hundred years of keyboard music, from Couperin to Pärt. Gramophone magazine has called this CD release “ravishingly beautiful… superbly played with a beautiful singing tone and the most poetic phrasing.”
For his Baylor recital, Helge Antoni has chosen two of the most beloved piano composers in the nineteenth-century repertoire. According to Mr. Antoni, “In the first half, I have put together some of Frédéric Chopin’s most personal works, a portrait conceived as a great musical fresco, with all the pieces being played without interruption. The second half is devoted to Edvard Grieg (“the Chopin of the North,” as he was often called), with some of his favorite piano works. Both composers were deeply inspired by the folk music of their native countries, each one creating a deeply universal language, touching the hearts of listeners from all over the world.”
This recital, co-sponsored by the Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Music, and the honorary societies Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Chi, and underwritten by the BIC, the Honors Program, the University Scholars Program, the Classics Department, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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