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Emily Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-World-renowned pianist Horacio Gutiérrez will give a special performance at Bard College on Friday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program includes Alban Berg's Sonata, Op. 1; George Perle's Phantasyplay; Robert Schumann's Fantasie in C major, Op. 17; and Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106, Hammerklavier.

"Gutiérrez is a born pianist who has . . . the rare gift of making music sound multidimensional," Dan Tucker wrote in the Chicago Tribune. "For the average-to-good pianist, listening to Gutiérrez may be cause for despair; there is just no way to get from "good" to where he is. Yet his playing is a strong incentive to try."

A favorite of New York concertgoers, Gutiérrez has performed numerous times at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, where he will play on April 18 during Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series. He is a frequent soloist at the Mostly Mozart Festival and has collaborated with the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Cleveland Quartets as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 1982, received the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize.

Gutiérrez was born in Havana, Cuba, and at the age of eleven appeared with the Havana Symphony as a guest artist. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he made his professional debut, at the age of twenty-two, with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gutiérrez is the M. D. Anderson Professor of Music at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music.

Gutiérrez has given recitals at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Berlin's Philaharmonie, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. He appeared with the Boston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin He toured Japan with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich.

Gutiérrez's Telarc recordings include Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony, nominated for a Grammy Award. He also recorded Prokofiev's Concertos No. 2 and 3 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for the Chandos label. He won an Emmy Award for his fourth appearance with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

For further information about the concert, call 914-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001