Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Simone Dinnerstein to Solo
Internationally acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be the soloist for the Gonzaga University Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Bing Crosby Theater (901 W. Sprague Ave.; formerly the Metropolitan Performing Arts Center).
The program, conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah, will consist of Suppé’s “Morning, Noon and Night,” Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “The Emperor.” Dinnerstein, whose recent release of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on the Telarc Label has won both critical and public acclaim.
Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for non-GU students, and are available at the door. Tickets are free to GU students, faculty & staff. A free shuttle bus will depart from St. Aloysius Church at 6:45 p.m. and 7:10 p.m., and will return following the concert. For more information, contact the GU music department at (509) 323-6733, or visit its Web site.
Since being featured by The New York Times as the pianist “poised for a breakthrough” in September 2006, Dinnerstein has performed on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s prestigious Accolades series, debuted with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Botstein, and signed an exclusive recording contract with Telarc International.
Highlights of her current season include a debut recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris and at the Copenhagen Music Festival. She opened the Moselfestwochen in Germany in June, and will perform at the opening gala concert of the “Metropolitan Museum of Art in Berlin” exhibition at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie.
During the 2007-2008 season, she will give debut recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, and at the National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius. She will appear on the People’s Symphony series at New York City’s Town Hall and on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series. Also, she will tour with the Dresden Philharmonic under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and with the Czech Philharmonic under Zdenek Macal. She will open the season for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra with Leon Botstein, and will appear with the Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn.
Dinnerstein has performed extensively throughout the United States, including recitals at New York City’s 92nd Street Y; concerto and chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Mann Center in Philadelphia, the Bard Music Festival in New York City, the La Jolla (Calif.) Music Society, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Princeton’s University’s Richardson Auditorium, and the Beethoven Society in Washington, D.C. Also, she has performed in Germany, South America, and Britain, where she appeared at London’s Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall at the South Bank Centre, and in Oxford and Cambridge.
Dinnerstein received The Classical Recording Foundation Award for 2006 for her recording with cellist Zuill Bailey of Beethoven’s complete works for piano and cello on the Delos label.
Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Peter Serkin. Among her many scholarships and awards at Juilliard were the William Petschek Piano Scholarship, the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship and the Chopin Award. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio, the distinguished pupil of Artur Schnabel. For two summers, she was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
For more information, contact the Gonzaga music department at (509) 323-6733 or visit its Web site.