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Vienna-based Daniel Adam Maltz will present a fortepiano concert on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Hope College in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The fortepiano is the instrument with which composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn both performed and composed.

Maltz specializes in Wiener Klassik (Viennese Classicism) — especially the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, performed on the Viennese fortepianos of their time. Called “master of the Viennese fortepiano,” Maltz is praised for his “extraordinary precision and lightness” (The Common Reader). Critics applaud his “very sensitive phrasing” and “marvelous dynamic contrasts” (Marblehead Current) featuring “broad warmth” and “lavish but tasteful” playing (Classical Sonoma).

Maltz is devoted to performing on Viennese fortepianos — utilizing the vast range of tones and colors familiar to the composers. He studied fortepiano performance at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He refined his command of historical practices through private study with Andreas Staier and Ingomar Rainer. Maltz made his debut at Carnegie Hall (Weill) at age 22 and is a sought-after soloist, Lieder accompanist, and clinician.

In a fortepiano, the range is much smaller and the action is profoundly different than today’s pianos. The touch is about 10 times lighter than modern pianos and the key dip is much shallower. However, the light action on these pianos also makes them extremely unforgiving and demands greater accuracy from the fingers for dynamic and articulation control.

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The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.