Michael Endres Fundraising Concert
24 March 2019 - Great Hall
Distinguished German pianist Michael Endres is set to play a special fundraising concert in the stunning Great Hall this March.
The talented musician has generously offered this concert to the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora as a fundraiser to support the restoration of the centre’s valuable Steinway piano. He will be giving the beautiful instrument its first workout since it was repaired.
He will be playing Handel, Gershwin, Beethoven, and a beautiful piece dedicated to the memory of the victims of the abhorrent attacks on Christchurch’s Muslim community.
The first half of the concert will be about 40 minutes, while the second will be around 30 minutes. There will be a 20-minute intermission.
Date: Sunday 24 March 2019
Time: 2.00pm to 3.30pm (with a 20 minute intermission)
Venue: Great Hall, the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard.
Georg Friedrich Händel – Minuet in G Minor (transcribed by Wilhelm Kempff)
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony Number 5 in C Minor Opus 67 (transcribed by Franz Liszt). All four movements: Allegro con brio, Andante con moto, Scherzo Allegro, Allegro.
William Bolcom – Hymne a L’amour from Twelve New Etudes for Piano (1985). This piece will be dedicated to the memory of the victims of the abhorrent attacks on the city’s Muslim community.
George Gershwin – Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, Looking For a Boy, and I Got Rhythm (all transcribed for solo piano by Gershwin and Earl Wild).
German pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner.
He gained a master’s degree at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London.
He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and First and Special Prizes at the International Schubert Competition (Germany), among others. His extensive accolades from his discography of 29 albums includes the prestigious Diapason d’or (France), which he was recently awarded for the third time, and the Choc du Musique, which he has won twice.
Endres covers a wide repertoire, including seldom-played composers like Leopold Godowsky, Gabriel Faure, Charles Ives and Eduard Tubin.
Leading American critic Richard Dyer from The Boston Globe called him “one of the most interesting pianists recording today”, while The New York Times wrote: “the performances with pianist Michael Endres were revelatory” and Gramophone magazine labelled him “an outstanding Schubert interpreter”.
For many years he accompanied legendary baritone Hermann Prey and partnered the Berlin Philharmonic soloists, the Artemis and Fine Arts String Quartets.
He also has a distinguished teaching career as professor of piano at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Cologne (Cologne Academy of Music), Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin (Berlin Academy of Music), University of Canterbury, and the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway.
He now lives in North Canterbury.