Pianist Robert Henry will perform Sunday, March 9, for the final installment of the University of Alabama at Birmingham 2013-2014 Piano Series.
Henry, an internationally distinguished pianist who has won universal acclaim as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician, will perform an all-Chopin recital at 4 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. The UAB Piano Series is presented by the UAB Department of Music. Tickets are $15; $5 for UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Visit the UAB Department of Music online at www.uab.edu/cas/music.
On the program are “Chopin” from “Carnaval,” Op. 9, composed by Robert Schumann; and Chopin’s Étude in A-flat major, from “Trois Nouvelles Études”; Étude in A-flat major, Op. 25, No. 1 (“Aeolian Harp”); Étude in A-flat major, Op. 10, No. 10; Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2; Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1; Barcarolle, Op. 60; “The Four Ballades”; and Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 (“Heroic”).
With his rare combination of insight, inspiration and a dazzling technique, Henry’s performances have amazed audiences in the United States, England, Nova Scotia, Russia and Italy. In 2014, he will perform in China. Career highlights include 2002 solo debut recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Wigmore Hall, with critics praising his flawless technique.
Along with cellist Charae Krueger, Henry has presented Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano. He is a founding member of the Summit Piano Trio. According to his biography, Henry has enjoyed phenomenal success in important piano competitions, winning gold medals in four international piano competitions in one season alone. Those prizes stand alongside 14 additional first-place awards received throughout his career, including the Clara Wells National Competition. On three occasions, juries have spontaneously created special prizes to honor his performances, including Best Performance of a 20th Century Work and Best Performance of a Commissioned Work. He is a laureate of the 2003 Seiler International Piano Competition in Germany.
Pianists for the UAB Piano Series are selected by UAB Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence Yakov Kasman.