Christopher Guzman presents an evening of works for solo piano featuring one of the Penn State School of Music’s new Hamburg Steinway pianos.
This program will be livestreamed.
The first half of the program features works connected by poetry. The two Schubert songs, which were freely transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt, are based on texts by Ludwig Rellstab (“Ständchen” or “Serenade") and Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg (“Auf dem Wasser zu singen” or “To be sung on the water").
The program continues with another song on the water, that of the nymph “Ondine” — the first movement of Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel. Gaspard de la Nuit, considered one of the most difficult works in the standard piano repertoire, is based on a collection of poems by Aloysius Bertrand
The second half of the recital returns to Schubert without transcription, his late Sonata in G Major, op.78 D.894.
On text by Ludwig Rellstab
Auf dem Wasser zu singen Liszt/Schubert
On text by Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg
Gaspard de la nuit, Maurice Ravel
three poems for piano after Aloysius Bertrand
Sonata in G Major, op.78 D. 894 Franz Schubert
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 Walter 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.