Bösendorfer Piano Concert Series
Each year, George Fox University's Department of Music presents the Bösendorfer Concert Series, featuring world-renowned classical pianists. The series began in 2007 and has welcomed such talents as Baruch Meir, Gianluca Luisi of Italy and Valentina Lisitsa of Ukraine.
For more information on the series, call 503-554-2620.
Thursday, Feb. 16
7:30 p.m., Bauman Auditorium
Tickets: $10 (general admission); $8 (seniors/alumni); $6 (students/children under 12)
The music of Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Gershwin will be performed. Selections include Schubert's Sonata in A Minor, D 784, Schumann's Carnaval, Op 9, Beethoven's Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op 10 No. 3, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
About Soheil Nasseri
California-native Soheil Nasseri has been lauded by The New York Times as “consistently interesting … consistently thoughtful … filled with character …” and by the Berliner Zeitung as “Fantastic! A real talent. [In Beethoven] We in the audience could not possibly have had more fun.” In addition to extensive critical acclaim for his playing, via television, radio and the internet he has been seen and heard by millions of people.
The New Yorker has noted that Nasseri is “one of New York’s most prolific recitalists.” Since 2001, he has performed 21 completely different solo recital programs in New York, all without repeating a single piece – at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and at Merkin Concert Hall. These concerts included 27 premières of contemporary works in addition to 31 of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas.
Nasseri made his European debut in 2004 at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. Since then he has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. In addition to frequent New York concerts, he has performed solo recitals or concerti at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center in Washington, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, London’s Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, Tokyo’s Musashino Center, Théâtre Fémina in Bordeaux, Florence’s Teatro Comunale, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, and Palermo’s Teatro Politeama, as well as concerts in Montreal, Dublin, Bucharest, Tehran and in 13 U.S. states. As concerto soloist, Nasseri has appeared with 16 different conductors. In 2010, he joined the American Ballet Theatre for nine performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, playing an integral role onstage as a pianist, both acting and performing.
One of Nasseri’s interests has been his school concerts: He has performed at more than 60 public schools. He is also committed to new music, and nine composers have written pieces specifically for him. As a recording artist, he has seven solo discs and a DVD of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2.
Born in Santa Monica, Nasseri began studying the piano at age 5. At 20, he moved to New York in part to study with Karl Ulrich Schnabel. In 2001, Nasseri became a protégé of Jerome Lowenthal, who remains Nasseri’s mentor today. Other important teachers include Irina Edelman and Claude Frank. Nasseri resides in Berlin, Germany.