The Italian Academy and the Romanian Club at Columbia
Romanian pianist MATEI VARGA in recital on April 1
This concert celebrates the Italian and Romanian musical heritage, as well as their influence on other composers. It will feature works by Domenico Scarlatti, Dinu Lipatti, George Enescu, Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Liszt. The complete program follows:
J. S. Bach Italian Concerto in F major
F. Liszt Three Sonnets by Petrarca (47, 104, 123) from "Annees de Pelerinage"
D. Lipatti Sonatina for the left hand (1941)
D. Scarlatti Three Keyboard Sonatas
G. Enescu Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 24
Admission to the concert is free and reservations are not required. The Italian Academy is located at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, between 116th and 118th streets. For more information, call 212/854-1623, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York-‐based pianist Matei Varga is established as one of the leading young artists of his native Romania. He has performed at major venues around the world, among them Zankel Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau (Paris), the Romanian Athenaeum and the Radio Hall (Bucharest), Royal Dramatic Theater (Stockholm), or Casals Hall (Tokyo). Mr. Varga is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, the Porto International Piano Competition and the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest. He also won the Dorothy Mackenzie Artist Recognition Award at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, the “Salon de Virtuosi” Career Grant and the Mannes Concerto Competition. All Music Guide wrote about his Naxos album produced by Max Wilcox, with piano music by George Enescu, that it shows “a pianist fully on top of the rather punishing and never showy virtuosity required by Enescu's music” and declared the recording a “standout”. He holds a BA from the National University of Music in Bucharest, a Master of Music degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from New York's Mannes College of Music. Mr. Varga is a teacher at the Lucy Moses Music School in New York City and the Project Manager of the Vendome Prize.