American pianist Sara Daneshpour will perform Sunday, March 10, 2013, in the final installment of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) 2012-2013 Piano Series.
The UAB Piano Series brings the world’s finest pianists to the city, with three performances each season. The series is presented by the Department of Music and coordinated by UAB Professor of Piano Yakov Kasman.
Daneshpour’s program for the 4 p.m. performance will include Schumann’s Variations on the name Abegg, op.1; Chopin’s Scherzo no. 4 in E major; Rachmaninoff’s Etude-tableaux op. 39 No.1-6; Granados’ “El amor y la Muerte”; Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit”; and Prokofiev’s Toccata. The performance will take place in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. 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.
Daneshpour won first prize in 2012 at the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc, second prize in the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, first prize and gold medal in the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition and first prize in the 2003 Beethoven Society of America Competition. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, studying under Leon Fleisher, and is pursuing her master’s degree at the Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Daneshpour is a finalist for the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association.
New York Concert Review wrote of Daneshpour: “She lavished color on oft-neglected lines, illuminated subtle beauties, and raged through the storms, always with stunning polish… she exhibits all the requisites for a high voltage career and more: blazing technique, power, expressivity, imagination, and a lovely stage presence.”