At 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 1, 2009 pianist Simone Dinnerstein comes to Anderson, Indiana to play a recital at Central Christian Church (923 Jackson Street) as part of the School of Music at Anderson University’s Concert Series. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door the day of the concert or in advance by calling 765-641-4543, She will perform Schubert’s Four Impromptus, Op. 90; Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816; American composer Philip Lasser’s Twelve Variations on a Chorale by J.S. Bach; and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111.
Ms. Dinnerstein’s second solo album, The Berlin Concert, was recently released worldwide and earned the No. 1 spot on the US Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales. The Telarc recording is a live recording of Ms. Dinnerstein’s recital debut at the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie in Berlin; it features the Bach, Lasser, and Beethoven works she will perform in Anderson. Ms. Dinnerstein chose her repertoire for her recent recording because of how the pieces speak to each other, and because of their relationship to the music of Bach.
She explains, “My hope with this concert was to program a group of pieces that would contrast with and relate to each other, despite being separated by hundreds of years. Of The Berlin Concert CD, International Piano raves, “Dinnerstein’s subtly-inflected tonal purity and exquisite dynamic suppleness impart a sense of concentrated musical inevitability… touch-perfect (how does she create such an exquisite, velvety staccato?) but also so mellifluously voiced and immaculately balanced that it is difficult to imagine the music being played with a more complete grasp of every parameter.”
Ms. Dinnerstein has gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of the Goldberg Variations, released on Telarc in August 2007. In today’s classical music and recording industry climate, it is rare that a debut album from a relatively little known artist generates such an enthusiastic response from the public and the media. T
he New York Times chose the disc as one of the Best CDs of 2007, describing it with, “An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation, Ms. Dinnerstein brings her own pianistic expressivity to the “Goldberg” Variations, probing each variation as if it were something completely new.” Slate.com raved, “Dinnerstein is a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess . . . [She] is touring. Go hear her, and get religion. And if you can’t, there’s always the record.” Piano Magazine called the disc, “precisely the kind of playing that the early 21st century most needs, infused as it is with a deep and pervasive sense of beauty and tenderness of heart which is often profoundly affecting.”
Recent and upcoming performances include Ms. Dinnerstein’s recital debuts at the Aspen and Ravinia festivals, in San Francisco, Paris, London, Copenhagen, Vilnius, Bremen, and at the Stuttgart Bach Festival; as well as debut performances with the Dresden Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Kristjan Järvi’s Absolute Ensemble. In New York, she performed on the People’s Symphony series at Town Hall and on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series during the 2007-2008 season, and will perform a recital at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 19, 2009. She returns to Indiana on Saturday, March 21 when she joins conductor Kirk Trevor and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in the Basile Theater of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5.
Since 1996 Ms. Dinnerstein has played concerts throughout the United States for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. Amongst the places she has played are nursing homes, schools and community centers. Most notably, Ms. Dinnerstein gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system when she played at the Avoyelles Correctional Center.
At Juilliard, Ms. Dinnerstein was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio, the distinguished pupil of Artur Schnabel. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son. Simone Dinnerstein records exclusively for Telarc International. She is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists. For more information, please visit www.simonedinnerstein.com.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.