ALFRED — Joaquìn Achùcarro, a classical pianist of international stature, will join Alfred University’s 2019 MostArts Festival, performing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin in recital on July 12, and performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16 for the MostArts Festival closing Gala Concert on July 13.
His visit to Alfred for the sixth annual MostArts Festival will offer audiences a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear and watch a living legend play classical piano. The 2019 MostArts Festival opens July 7 and climaxes with the July 13 Gala Concert in Miller Theater.
Achùcarro takes the stage in Holmes Auditorium and Miller Theater, bringing to Alfred University a classical music talent that has been described not only as “consummate artist, ” but comparable also with twentieth-century legend Arthur Rubenstein. As a living legend in the world of classical piano, Achùcarro’s performances of works by Grieg, Brahms and Mozart have earned him an international status only a handful of classical musicians enjoy in any era of classical performance.
“For audiences, this would be a once-in-a lifetime event,” says Lisa Lantz, founder of the MostArts Festival, its artistic director, and professor of music at Alfred University. “When you experience first-hand a performance by Joaquìn Achùcarro, you’re listening to what will likely be the finest living performance of classical music in your lifetime. It’s a unique event that you may one day relate to your grandchildren.”
Achùcarro was born in 1932 in Bilbao, Spain, and won numerous international awards as a young pianist, playing in competitions in Spain, France, Italy and Switzerland. In 1959, he won the Liverpool International Competition, debuted with the London Symphony Orchestra, and received such stellar reviews which sky rocketed that his professional career.
Since then, he has toured internationally, performing in 61 countries and in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the Sydney Opera House. He has performed with internationally famous orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony.
In addition to Achùcarro’s international performances, he has produced definitive recordings of Brahms with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony. His DVD/Blu-ray Achùcarro Plays Brahms received an “Editor’s Choice” rating by Classic FM Magazine and was termed “outstanding” by the International Record Review as it reached the top position on Amazon’s Bestsellers and Hot New Releases chart.
He also is the only classical pianist in history to have a planet named after him. In 2012, the International Astronomical Union voted to name Planet 2113 P-L – discovered in 2010 orbiting the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter – after Achùcarro.
And while Achùcarro, the planet, cannot be seen without a telescope – Alfred University’s Stull’s Observatory will be open during the week to give visitors a chance to catch a glimpse of the mini-planet – Achucarro himself can be heard in person in Alfred when he performs at noon Friday, July 12 and on July 13 in the Gala Concert that concludes the 2019 MostArts Festival.
Alfred University’s sixth annual MostArts Festival will begin July 7 with a performance by the winner of last year’s Young Pianists Competition. This year, 14-year-old Christopher Zandieh, the 2018 Young Pianists Competition winner, returns from his home on Long Island to play Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E minor with the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yuval Zaliouk. The festival continues through the week, featuring performances by internationally recognized Colombian violinist, Blanca Gonzalez, and Israeli pianist, Dorel Golan. In addition, eight young classical pianists from across the U.S. will compete for a $10,000 grand prize and a chance to become a Young Steinway Artist, during the Young Pianist Competition.
For more information on the 2019 MostArts Festival which takes place July 7-13, including tickets sales, lodging, and workshops, visit www.alfred.edu/MostArts.