Wednesday, January 16, 2008

St. Petersburg College Piano Concert Series Performance with Read Gainsford

“The perfect combination of head, heart and hands” typifies critics’ responses to Read Gainsford’s first concert tour in the United States. He has earned critical and public acclaim in four continents, and has received high praise for music ranging from Mozart to Messiaen, from performances on period instruments to the pianistic complexities of Rachmaninoff. Born in New Zealand, Read moved to the United States in 1992 to enter the doctoral program at Indiana University, where he worked with Karen Shaw and Leonard Hokanson.

Since living in the USA he has been guest artist for the American Music Teachers Association, as well as giving recitals, concerto performances and master-classes. He has appeared at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Music Festival of the Hamptons, and is a member of the contemporary music group Ensemble X and the Garth Newel Chamber Players, as well as working with such musicians as Jacques Zoon, William Vermuelen, Roberto Diaz, Eddie vanOosthuyse and Luis Rossi.

His program, entitled The French Connection will feature works by Mozart, Debussy, Faure, Messiaen, Poulenc and Bolcom.

Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m.
Music Center, 6605 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg
(727) 341-4301

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