URBANA – The distinguished pianist Murray Perahia will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Balcony tickets are only $15 and $10.
Perahia will perform J.S. Bach's Partita No. 4 in D Major; Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastoral"; six Piano Pieces, Op. 118 by Johannes Brahms; and three Frederic Chopin selections.
Although he is American, Perahia was awarded an honorary knighthood in 2004 by the Queen of England for his outstanding service to music. During his more-than-30-year career, he has performed in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the principal guest conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Perahia has a varied and award-winning discography; his recording of Chopin's complete Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25, brought him both the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance and Gramophone's 2003 award for Best Instrumental Recording. His Bach's "Goldberg Variations" received two Grammy nominations and the 2001 Gramophone Award for Best Instrumental Recording.
In 1999, he won a Grammy for his recording of Bach's English Suites, and in 1995 and 1997, he won Gramophone magazine awards for albums of Chopin ballads and music by George Frideric Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti.
The New York-born Perahia started playing piano at the age of 4 and later attended Mannes College, majoring in conducting and composition. In 1972, Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition and in 1973 gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Tickets to his concert are $45 for adults, $40 for students and $28 for University of Illinois students and youths of high school age and younger. The balcony seats are $10 for UI students and youths and $15 for everyone else.
Call 333-6280 for more information.