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Pianist Andrew Willis to Perform Bach Partitas at Medallion Opera House
April 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On Tuesday, April 9th, at 7 pm, one of the world’s most thrilling pianists, Andrew Willis, will be returning to the Medallion Opera House, Gorham Town Hall, with a Baroque forte-piano in the Florentine tradition. The celebrated pianist will perform three of the six Partitas of J. S. Bach. Five years ago Andrew Willis played at the Medallion, delivering a memorable concert which brought the enthusiastic audience to its feet, begging for more. The concert, which is co-sponsored by Music in the Great North Woods, will be offered by donations at the door. Donations will help fund this summer’s Big Moose Bach Fest which is in its tenth year.
Andrew Willis performs in the United States and abroad on pianos of every era. Keenly interested in the history of the piano, he is a past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society and a Trustee of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. Willis has recorded solo and ensemble music for the Albany, Bridge, Claves, Centaur, and CRI labels, notably with Malcolm Bilson and other colleagues in the first complete Beethoven sonata cycle recorded on historical pianos. His recording of Op. 106 was hailed by The New York Times as “a ‘Hammerklavier’ of rare stature.”
Andrew Willis has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, and numerous others across the country. A Professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music, Willis teaches performance on instruments ranging from harpsichord to modern piano, and for over a decade has directed the biennial “UNCG Focus on Piano Literature” symposium. Willis received the Doctorate in Historical Performance from Cornell University, where he studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, the Masters from Temple University under the guidance of George Sementovsky and Lambert Orkis, and the Baccalaureate in Piano from The Curtis Institute of Music, where his mentor was Mieczyslaw Horszowski.