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Emily Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Alan Gampel, critically acclaimed pianist, winner of the coveted 1995 Chopin Prize at the Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, and a recognized expert on the music and life of Frederic Chopin, will present two special lecture/recitals at Bard College during the spring season. The first, on Wednesday, February 17, at 8:00 p.m., will focus on Chopin and the second, on Wednesday, April 21, on Charles Ives. The lecture/recitals will offer Gampel's keen insights into the composers' musical evolution, personal lives, and the world in which they lived. The lecture/recitals, sponsored by The Bard Center, will be held in Olin Hall and are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, February 17, Gampel will focus on Chopin's Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Major and Sonata No. 3 in B Minor. Gampel has been a lifelong student, ardent performer, and dedicated historian of the music of Chopin. "Chopin is the composer I feel closest to," says Gampel, "and I would like to bring the audience closer to the composer and his music." The second lecture/recital, on Wednesday, April 21, will feature Charles Ives's Concord Sonata.

Alan Gampel is great-nephew of the legendary Polish harpsichordist, Wanda Landowska, who revived harpsichord playing in the twentieth century. In addition to winning the Chopin Prize, Gampel has been a top prizewinner in piano competitions, including the Dublin International competition in 1991, where he was a unanimous choice to receive the special Mozart Bicentenary Prize, and the Naumburg International competition in 1993. His performances have included solo engagements with the Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, Irish National Symphony, Czech Chamber Orchestra, and other orchestras. He has performed in recital at Wigmore Hall in London; Theatre du Chatelet, Auditorium de Louvre, and Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris; the International Artist Series in Istanbul; Teatro Ghione in Rome; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Frick Collection and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Frequently invited to record and perform live for radio and television, Gampel has appeared in Italy on RAI; in England on BBC 3; in France on Radio Classique, France Musique, TV2, and TV3; and in the United States on WNYC, WQXR, and on National Public Radio's Performance Today. Gampel's recordings include a compact disc of music by Chopin, including the rarely heard masterpiece, variations on Mozart's La ci darem; and a series of Beethoven sonatas.

For further information about the lecture/recitals, call 914-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001