Pianist Arthur Greene will present a guest recital at Hope College on Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Greene will be presenting the last three Beethoven Sonatas. Rarely heard back-to-back, the pieces are considered by pianists and non-pianists alike to be Beethoven’s final autobiographical testament.
Greene has a Hope College connection, since he taught Andrew Le, associate professor of music, when he was in high school and at the University of Michigan. “He's pretty much single-handedly responsible for who I am as a performer and teacher today,” Le said.
Born in New York, Greene studied at Juilliard with Martin Canin. Greene was a Gold Medal winner in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, and a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. He performed the complete solo piano works of Johannes Brahms in a series of six programs in Boston, and recorded the Complete Etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. He has performed the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in many important international venues, including multi-media presentations with Symbolist artworks.
He has made many recordings together with his wife, the violinist Solomia Soroka, for Naxos and Toccata Classics, including the Violin-Piano Sonatas of William Bolcom. His current projects include recordings of the Scriabin sonatas, and of previously unrecorded works of the Ukrainian national composer Mykola Lysenko, and performances this spring of the last three Beethoven sonatas.
Greene has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the San Francisco, Utah, and National Symphonies; the Czech National Symphony; the Tokyo Symphony; and many others. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Lisbon Sao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall, and concert houses in Shanghai and Beijing. He toured Japan and Korea many times, and was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.