March 17, 2014
On Monday, April 7, the Hampden-Sydney Music Series hosts pianist Peter Takács performing the music of Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel.
Takács was born in Bucuresti, Romania, and started his musical studies before his fourth birthday. After his debut recital at age seven, he was a frequent recitalist in his native city until his parents requested immigration to the West, at which point all his studies and performances were banned. He continued studying clandestinely with his piano teacher until his family was finally allowed to immigrate to France, where, at age fourteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National de Paris.
Upon his arrival in the United States, his musical talents continued to be recognized with full scholarships to Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and a three-year fellowship for doctoral studies at the Peabody Conservatory, where he completed his artistic training with renowned pianist Leon Fleisher.
Takács has received numerous prizes and awards for his performances, including First Prize in the William Kapell International Competition, the C.D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at the Tanglewood Music Center, and a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His performances have been hailed by audiences and the press for their penetrating intellectual insight as well as for emotional urgency and communicativeness.
Takács has performed as guest soloist with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at summer festivals such as Tanglewood, ARIA International, Schlern Music Festival in the Italian Alps, Tel Hai International Master Classes in Israel, and Sweden's Helsingborg Festival. Since 2008, he has been a member of the faculty at the Montecito Summer Music Festival in Santa Barbara, CA. He has performed and recorded the cycle of thirty-two Beethoven Piano Sonatas, which were released on the Cambria label in 2011.
The concert, free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 PM in Crawley Forum. This series is part of Hampden-Sydney's continuing commitment to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Southside community.