Legendary pianists slated to perform at Scottsdale arts center

Sir Andras Schiff performs Feb. 26. (Photo by Dieter Mayr)

Sir Andras Schiff performs Feb. 26. (Photo by Dieter Mayr)

As part of its Virginia G. Piper Concert Series, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present piano recitals by two legendary musicians: Sir Andras Schiff on Thursday, Feb. 26, and Murray Perahia on Thursday, March 12.

Tickets for each concert start at $29 and are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

“It is a privilege to present two of the greatest pianists in the world at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in back-to-back months,” remarked Neale Perl, president and CEO of the Scottsdale Cultural Council.

“If you love classical music and the piano, you won’t want to miss hearing Sir Andras Schiff and Murray Perahia, who are both at the height of their careers and interpretive powers, performing masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart and more.”

Murray Perahia performs March 12. (Photo by Felix Broede)

Murray Perahia performs March 12. (Photo by Felix Broede)

Awarded a knighthood in 2014 for his service to music by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Andras Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer.

The Hungarian-born musician has distinguished himself throughout the course of an exceptional international career that has spanned more than 40 years. He has an extensive discography, and is recognized as one of the most prominent proponents of the keyboard works of Bach.

Among his many honors, he earned a 1989 Grammy Award for his recording of Bach’s Six English Suites.

Sir Andras’ Scottsdale recital is part of his current project titled “The Last Sonatas,” a series of three recital programs comprising the three final sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert, which he will perform throughout the United States, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall.

His Scottsdale program includes Haydn’s Sonata No. 60 in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50; Beethoven’s Sonata in E Major, Op. 109; Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, K.545; and Schubert’s Sonata in C minor, D.958.

In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of today, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra.

The American musician is the principal guest conductor of the London-based chamber orchestra Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Perahia has a wide and varied discography, and he is the recipient of two Grammy Awards and numerous Gramophone Awards. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary knighthood (KBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Perahia’s Scottsdale program includes Bach’s French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817; Haydn’s Sonata in A-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:46; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux”; Franck’s Prelude, Choral et Fugue, Op. 21; and Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue.

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