The College of Arts and Architecture

Christopher Guzman, piano

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Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:30pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

Free admission

Christopher Guzman performs a public recital in conjunction with the Marian Garcia International Piano Competition and Teacher Workshop. The two-day piano festival, hosted by the School of Music on the University Park campus, includes two piano competitions (collegiate and high school), teacher workshops, recitals, and masterclasses presented by Penn State piano faculty members.

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*Davidsbündlertänze (Dances of the League of David), Op.6 ♦ Robert Schumann

  • Lebhaft
  • Innig
  • Mit Humor
  • Ungeduldig
  • Einfach
  • Sehr rasch
  • Nicht schnell
  • Frisch
  • Lebhaft
  • Balladenmäßig - Sehr rasch
  • Einfach
  • Mit Humor
  • Wild und lustig
  • Zart und singend
  • Frisch
  • Mit gutem Humor
  • Wie aus der Ferne
  • Nicht schnell

Twelve Etudes, Op. 8 ♦ Alexander Scriabin

  • C sharp Major
  • F sharp Minor
  • B Minor
  • B Major
  • E Major
  • A Major
  • B flat Minor
  • A flat Major
  • G sharp Minor
  • D flat Major
  • B flat Minormusic and dance logo
  • D sharp Minor

* Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze" are performed in conjunction with the 2015-16 School of Music theme - "Music & Dance: Exploring Connections Between Two Art Forms," a year-long series of performances, classes, and presentations that focus on the unique relationship between music and human movement.

Pianist Christopher Guzman regularly performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as soloist and chamber musician. He is a multiple prizewinner in many international competitions, including the christopher guzman at the pianoWalter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition, and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea. Recently, he garnered the grand prize and several special prizes at the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans of Orléans, France. As a result, he regularly travels to France to perform in Paris and throughout the Loire Valley. His CD of German and Austrian music from the past one hundred years, Vienne et après, was released in March 2014 on the Tessitures label.

Guzman’s career has brought him to such venues as Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and others. He performs regularly with some of the world’s most exciting soloists including Ilya Gringolts, Antoine Tamestit, David Fray, and Jeremy Denk, among others. He continually performs with members of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, he was a guest artist on the New York Philharmonic’s chamber music series “Philharmonic Ensembles.”

His performances showcase a broad range of styles, from Baroque to the avant-garde. He continues to collaborate with many of the nation’s preeminent new music ensembles; his performances have included world premieres by Donald Martino, Nico Muhly, and Paul Schoenfield. The New York Times hailed his performance of Christopher Theofanidis’s Statues as “coiled” and “explosive.”   

Born in Texas, Christopher Guzman began studying piano at age nine and violoncello two years later. He worked primarily with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School, Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, and the late Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory. He is an assistant professor at Penn State.