Pianist to perform at MacMurray
March 20, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, IL – The MacMurray Speakers Series brings renowned pianist and transcriber, Claude Cymerman, will present “An Evening of Piano Transcription,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Thoresen Recital Hall in the Putnam/Springer Center. The Putnam/Springer Center is at the southeast corner of Clay Avenue and East State Street on the MacMurray College campus.
Cymerman is the John C. and Lillian W. Siegesmund Professor of Music at DePauw School of Music in Greencastle, IN. A specialist in musical transcription, he will briefly discuss transcribing music from the original, an orchestral work, for example, to other instruments, such as his transcription for the piano of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”
A native of France, Cymerman graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris with highest honors, studying with Pierre Sancan. After winning National and International Competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud contest, he studied at Indiana University with Gyorgy Sebök. The late French President Georges Pompidou, in a special ceremony, recognized him as “Outstanding Pianist.”
Cymerman made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1985 with Rumanian born violinist Sherban Lupu, (followed by a CD recording of works by Georges Enesco on the Continuum label), and has since played four more concerts at Carnegie Hall.
Note to editors: Mr. Cymerman replaces the scheduled speaker for the evening, cultural anthropologist Ari Samsky, who had to cancel due to an emergency.
Cymerman performs extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician and has appeared as a soloist with the Radio France Orchestra, Orchestre des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre Symphonique de Limoges, the Luxembourg and San Francisco Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is regularly invited to perform and give master classes at major festivals in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Japan and Israel and is a frequent guest on French National Radio and the BBC.
He is a member of the Trio Concorde (based in New York). In June 2002, he joined virtuoso violinist Nai-Yuan Hu, first Prizewinner of the Queen Elizabeth International Competition, for a CD recording of virtuosic transcriptions of Viennese Waltzes for the EMI-Classics label.
In addition to the standard repertoire, Cymerman also performs more unusual solo and chamber music performances, such as tangos by Astor Piazzolla, neglected works by child prodigy Erich Korngold, and his transcription of “Rite of Spring.”
Appointed to the faculty of Chicago’s DePauw University School of Music in 1974, Cymerman was named the Siegesmund Professor of Music in 1996 in recognition of his outstanding teaching and artistic accomplishments.