Alan Feinberg, pianist and American music specialist

feinberg-head_shotIn Residence at MIT April 17-19
Pianist Alan Feinberg has premiered well over 300 works by such composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Harbison, Steve Reich, and Charles Wuorinen.  He is known for recitals that pair old and new music and put a fresh and provocative perspective on both.

Feinberg is often on the cutting edge.  He was featured on opening night of the San Francisco Symphony’s Maverick Festival, at the New Horizons Festival of the New York Philharmonic, the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the American Composers Orchestra, the 92nd Street Y’s Berio Sequenza Marathon, the first performance of John Adams’ Nixon in China for the Guggenheim’s Works in Progress Series, and Carnegie Hall’s Birthday celebration of the music of George Gershwin with Dick Hyman.

Mr. Feinberg has recorded four solo CDs for London/Decca that survey American music: The American Romantic, The American Virtuoso, The American Innovator, and Fascinatin’ Rhythm–American Syncopation.  He has also recorded piano concertos by Milton Babbitt, Mel Powell, Andrew Imbrie, Kamran Ince, Morton Feldman, Paul Bowles, Amy Beach, Charles Ives, Leo Ornstein, Samuel Adler, Don Gilles, and Robert Helps.  He received his fourth Grammy nomination for “Best Instrumentalist with Orchestra” for his recording of the Amy Beach Piano Concerto with the Nashville Symphony.

Feinberg has toured several times with The Cleveland Orchestra and has also performed as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish, the American Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the New World Symphony, and many others.

Feinberg also enjoys an outstanding reputation abroad.  This past year he programmed and performed in a series of concerts showcasing American music in Russia: in June, for the White Nights Festival in St. Petersberg and in September, a series of concerts in Moscow.  He has appeared as concerto soloist at The Proms in England, with the Cleveland Orchestra in Paris, with the Amsterdam Radio Orchestra in Holland, with the Montreal Symphony, and with the various BBC orchestras. He has given recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, appeared at festivals in Edinburgh, Bath, Huddersfield, Geneva, Budapest, Berlin, Brescia, Bergamo, and Tokyo.


11am, American Music, 21M215, with Charles Shadle
A survey of music in the United States from the colonial period to the present in the context of American cultural history, with an emphasis on Boston’s musical life whenever feasible. Listening and writing assignments concern classical, popular, folk, musical theater, and jazz repertories.

12:30pm, Stravinsky to the Present 21M260 with Martin Marks
Surveys musical works drawn from many genres, representing stylistic movements that have transformed classical music over the past hundred years. Focal topics include musical modernism, serialism, neoclassicism, nationalism and ideology, minimalism, and aleatoric and noise composition experiments. Discusses electronic and computer music, and new media and the postmodern present. Begins with Stravinsky’s early ballets and ends with music by current MIT composers and other important figures active today. Ability to read music required. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided.

6:30pm, Killian Hall, Chamber Music Coaching
Dvorak, “Dumky” Trio: Ryan Liu; Ellie Bors; Justin Stillwell

THURSDAY, April 18
1pm, 21M351, Composition with Keeril Makan
Directed composition of original writing involving voices and/or instruments. Includes a weekly seminar in composition for the presentation and discussion of work in progress. Students are expected to produce at least one substantive work and perform it in public by the end of the term. Contemporary compositions and major works from 20th-century music literature are studied. Students taking the graduate version complete different assignments.

6-7pm, Rm. 4-364, Chamber Music Coaching
Tchaikovsky, Piano Trio: Barbara Hughey; Sae Jang; Colin Beckwitt

7:30pm, master class, Killian Hall
Danny Manesh, Carl Vine, Piano Sonata No. 1; Ryan Liu, Scriabin, or Rachmaninoff; Albert Wu, Chopin, Ballade; Roo-Ra Lee: Liszt, Transcendental Etude No. 4 in D minor “Mazeppa”

FRIDAY, April 19
Recital of works by Chopin, John Bull, Charles Wuorinen, Robert Helps. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium.  Free.


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