Pianists Gustavo Romero and Massimo Somenzi perform music of Bartók and Stravinsky in a guest recital at Baylor on Wednesday, April 3, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall.
Gustavo Romero, Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas (UNT), has won many prizes, such as first prize in the prestigious Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Musical America Young Artist Award. He has performed with the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, Boston Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, New World Symphony, and the English Chamber Orchestra.
Massimo Somenzi’s extensive concert activity includes not only appearances as a soloist but also with orchestra, and, above all, with chamber music ensembles, working with renowned instrumentalists in the most prestigious concert venues of Italy, France, Spain, and Germany, the former Yugoslavia, the United States, Bulgaria, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Portugal, China, and Russia. His recordings include the complete piano works for four hands of Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms, both recorded with Emanuela Bellio. He now serves as Professor of Piano Performance at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice, Italy.
Joining them on stage will be UNT percussionists Christopher Deane and Paul Rennick.
Hungarian composer Béla Bartók wrote his Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion in 1937. It was premiered by Bartók and his second wife, Ditta Pásztory-Bartók, the following year in Basel, Switzerland. It has since become one of Bartók’s most performed works. The percussionists play seven instruments: timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, snare drum, tam-tam, and xylophone.
The first publication of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s famed Le sacre du printemps (“The Rite of Spring”) was for piano, four hands, in 1913. The Baylor concert will also include the vibrant percussion parts, as borrowed from the orchestral scoring.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.