Italian pianist Luisi returns to George Fox for concert Feb. 21Italian pianist Gianluca Luisi will return to the George Fox University stage on Thursday, Feb. 21, to perform a series of J.S. Bach and Franz Liszt pieces on the university’s Bösendorfer “Imperial” grand piano in the latest installment of the Bösendorfer Artist Concert Series.
Luisi, who has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and at renowned venues around the world, will perform a 7:30 p.m. concert in Bauman Auditorium, marking the seventh annual performance in the series.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and alumni, and $6 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased by clicking the below link or by calling the school’s box office at 503-554-3844.
In addition to the Bach and Liszt pieces, the event will feature George Fox Professor and Bösendorfer Artist Kenn Willson, who will join Luisi in a piece for two pianos, Three Preludes, by George Gershwin.
The program’s first half includes a series of Bach Fugues, as well as a performance of Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 31 #2 ‘The Tempest.’ The second half features the Gershwin piece and four Liszt compositions. The event concludes with a performance of Chopin’s Polonaise Op. 53 Eroica.
Luisi has taken part in various national and international piano competitions and won the national piano competition “Cittá dell’ Aquila” and the Mozart prize (Italy) in 1996. He also has won the Genzano competition in Rome, the Cesenatico competition (Italy), the Jeunesse Musicales competition (Italy), and the Torneo Internazionale di Musica (International Music Tournament) in Rome.
He has also won second place at the Casella International Competition in Naples, and in 2001 he won first prize in the J.S. Bach Piano International Competition in Saarbrücken, Germany, in which 54 pianists from 26 countries participated.
Luisi has recorded 16 CDs, and in 2012 he released his latest CD, which includes both volumes of the Well-tempered Clavier (48 Preludes and Fugues) by J.S. Bach. He will play five of those at the George Fox concert.
Willson, a tenured professor of music at the university, has traveled to Vienna, Austria, and to the Piano Academy in Recanati, Italy, to perform. He is also known throughout the region for his “Encounters with Beethoven” performances.
He and Luisi met at the Bösendorfer Mozart Celebration in Vienna, Austria, in May 2006.
Bösendorfer Concert Series
The concert, sponsored by George Fox’s performing arts department, has brought in world-renowned classical pianists since its inception in 2007. Past performers have included Baruch Meir and Valentina Lisitsa of Ukraine.
For more information, call the university’s Department of Performing Arts at 503-554-2620.