Date(s) - 10/Jul/2015
In a programme of Schubert: Sonata No. 20 D 959; Prokofiev: Two scenes from “Romeo and Juliet” Op. 64; Medtner: Sonata Reminiscenza Op. 38 No. 1; Tchaikovsky: Valse à cinq temps Op. 72 No. 16; Debussy: “La plus que lente” and Chopin: Two Waltzes
Canadian pianist Paul Stewart launched his career in 1981, appearing with the Toronto Symphony in a critically acclaimed performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then he has appeared as guest‐soloist with major orchestras worldwide, and in recital throughout Canada, the United States (including Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Center, Washington), Mexico, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa and Asia. He has a special affection for India, where he has played and travelled widely for many years. In 1996, his British début in London’s Wigmore Hall was broadcast live by the BBC, and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra was heard throughout Russia and subsequently released on a bestselling CD.
Other recordings include works by Beethoven, Britten, Elgar, Honegger, Liszt, Prokofiev, Ravel, Schubert and Strauss. For Grand Piano (Naxos) he is currently recording, on 4 CDs, the complete piano sonatas of Nikolay Medtner, a composer he has championed and performed on five continents. «A deeply personal and complex project played with unfailing mastery and acute stylistic awareness» (Gramophone). In addition to his active performing and recording career, Paul Stewart is Professor of Piano at the Université de Montréal.