New Music Central – Gayle Blankenburg (USA)
27 May 2019 - Chemistry
American pianist Gayle Blankenburg returns to perform a solo recital at University of Canterbury’s School of Music.
Her programme will consist of recent compositions from American composers, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, John Eaton and Terry Riley, as well as New Zealand premiers of pieces by School of Music staff members Mark Menzies and James Gardner.
Blankenburg has performed extensively to great critical acclaim as a solo pianist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist. She was a roster artist with Southwest Chamber Music from 1996 to 2003, with whom she regularly performed and recorded. Among nearly a dozen award-winning CDs recorded for Southwest Chamber Music on Cambria Records are her performances of Elliot Carter’s song cycle Of Challenge and of Love (with soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson) and the Carlos Chavez Invencion for solo piano. She has also performed with Phyllis Bryn-Julson at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, in New York City at Cooper Union, and in Vienna, Austria in a residency at the Schoenberg Institute.
Her recording of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Los Angeles-based ensemble inauthentica has received the highest critical acclaim from Gramophone magazine, Opera News, and The American Record Guide. Released recently was a CD of solo piano and chamber music works of composer Richard Cameron-Wolfe.
The Los Angeles Times has reviewed her playing on numerous occasions saying: “Blankenburg played with elegant power and poise … Her crisp touch and light pedalling produced crystalline, pensive, haunting sequences … This is a gratefully idiomatic piece for a pianist with both power and a palette, requirements Blankenburg met easily.”
Recent performances include concerts at the DiMenna Center, the Tenri Institute of Art, and the National Opera Center in New York City, chamber music concerts in the Bay Area and in Sacramento, and a performance in Los Angeles with the Telegraph Quartet.
Blankenburg was a student of the distinguished pianists Menahem Pressler (of the Beaux Arts Trio) and Abbey Simon at Indiana University, where she received the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance, and where she was also awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate. She is currently on the piano faculties of the Claremont Colleges in California, teaching at Pomona College and at Scripps College.
Date: Monday 27 May 2019
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Recital Room, University of Canterbury Arts at the Arts Centre, Chemistry building, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch.