Guest/Faculty Recital: "Music for Two Pianos" - Milbauer & Melville
This recital of piano duos featuring John Milbauer (University of Arizona) and Nicola Melville will include Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b, by Johannes Brahms; En Blanc et Noir by Claude Debussy; and Darius Milhaud's Scaramouche.
Steinway Artist John Milbauer has recently performed in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan as well as throughout the United States. Highlights of 2017 include Ravel's Concerto in G with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart in Boston's Symphony Hall, Poulenc's Aubade with San Diego Winds, recitals with Stephanie Houtzeel of the Vienna State Opera, and residencies with the Conservatorios Nacionales Superiores of Sevilla and Jaén in Spain. Current projects include a recording of the music of Manuel Ponce and performances of Milbauer's 'Which Side Are You On?' program based on themes of protest, immigration, and workers' rights. France's Republique du Centre has called him 'a virtuoso of the first magnitude' while American Record Guide wrote, 'Milbauer employs a full expressive range, performs with astounding delicacy, and conveys unspeakable wonder through an intimate touch and astonishing versatility.' A laureate of the Orléans Concours in France for piano music of the 20th Century, he has performed concerts devoted only to chance music and enjoys playing music that employs electronic sounds, prepared piano, extended techniques, and graphic notation; in a similar vein, he has contributed a chapter on the performance of the music of John Cage to The Pianist's Craft series. A versatile musician, Milbauer has performed with the Mills Brothers and Pink Martini, and has a discography that includes a release with violinist David Garrett that has over 250,000 views on YouTube.
Milbauer studied music, classics, and government at Harvard College before earning degrees from the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and, as recipient of a Fulbright grant, the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He was awarded the Eastman Performer's Certificate (the highest performance honor of the school) and the Wolodarsky Prize from the Banff Centre, and was nominated for the Gina Bachauer prize for outstanding pianist at Juilliard. His teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Ferenc Rados, György Sebök, and Rebecca Penneys. Since 2012 he has been Co-Director of the Chautauqua Piano Program, helping to transform it into one of the premiere summer piano programs in the Americas.
Nikki Melville received the B.M. from the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and the M.M., D.M.A., and the Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Melville has commissioned and premiered many works by composers in the United States and her native New Zealand. She has recorded the complete piano rags of William Albright for the Equilibrium label; her most recent CD, released on Innova Recordings, features thirteen new commissions by award-winning composers from around the US, and is now available online at http://innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=334. As well as being an advocate for new music, her ongoing interests include interdisciplinary performances that combine music with other Arts in live performance.
This event is free, unticketed and open to the public.