Murray Perahia

Fernando Laires Piano Series

April 25, 2018 | 8:00 PM Kilbourn Hall
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In a career spanning more than forty years, Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time. Recognised worldwide as a musician of rare musical sensitivity, Mr Perahia performs in all of the major international music centres and with the world’s leading orchestras.

Born in New York, Murray Perahia started playing piano at the age of four, and later attended Mannes College where he studied conducting and composition. His summers were spent at the Marlboro Festival, collaborating with such musicians as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. He also studied during this period with Mieczyslaw Horszowski.

In 1972 Murray Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition, which led to solo recital engagements throughout Europe. In 1973 he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he worked closely with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, accompanying the latter in many lieder recitals. He was co-artistic director of the Festival from 1981 to 1989.

He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields since 2000 and regularly tours with them as both conductor and pianist, with performances throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and South East Asia.

Murray Perahia has recorded an extensive discography. He has been the recipient of two Grammys, won several Gramophone Awards and was the inaugural recipient of the Gramophone Piano Award in 2012.

Mr. Perahia he holds honorary doctorates from the Juilliard School, Oxford University, Royal College of Music, Leeds University, Duke University and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary KBE in recognition of his outstanding service to music.

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