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Friday, June 8, 2018

DEBUSSY AS EARLY MUSIC: The Piano and the Pianist in the Early Twentieth Century

A colloquy led by Nicholas Mathew (UC Berkeley)

The Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, in partnership with the San Francisco Early Music Society’s 2018 Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, sponsor a colloquy led by Nicholas Mathew (UC Berkeley) entitled Debussy as Early Music: The Piano and the Pianist in the Early Twentieth Century, which will feature performer-scholars long associated with the early music movement, including George Barth (Stanford University), Rebecca Plack (SF Conservatory), Desmond Sheehan (UC Berkeley), and Daniel Seyfried (Greensboro, NC).

Read “Debussy as Early Music: The Piano and the Pianist in the Early Twentieth Century” by Nicholas Mathew

10:00 AM
125 Morrison Hall, Department of Music, UC Berkeley

Alexei Lubimov


“Debussy’s Préludes was the highlight in an evening of highlights: Lubimov’s playing like a paint-brush stroking Debussy’s canvas to create magical images. It left me spellbound. Lubinov is still in the front rank of the world’s great pianists. This concert was indeed one of the highlights of Toronto’s musical calendar.” Toronto Concert Review  – February 7, 2018

In the afternoon, the world-renowned pianist and historical keyboard specialist Alexei Lubimov will present a program of piano music by Debussy and his contemporaries on the beautiful 1901 Bechstein piano recently acquired by the Department of Music at UC Berkeley. Lubimov’s career has encompassed harpsichord and modern piano, as well as award-winning performances of Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms on Viennese pianos, Chopin on French pianos, and C.P.E. Bach on the now obscure tangent piano. ECM New Music released his recording of Debussy’s Preludes, on a Steinway from 1913, in 2012.

1:30 PM
Chevron Auditorium, International House — 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley
Buy Tickets: $25