French Pianist to Present Masterclass

Posted on 3/16/2018 8:32:29 AM

Lise de la SalleHighly acclaimed French pianist and Steinway artist Lise de la Salle will present a piano masterclass from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, in Gorell Recital Hall. The class is free and open to the public.

Two IUP piano students will be playing for de la Salle. Sophomore Béla Jobb will be perform the Courante from French Suite No. 4 in E-flat, BWV 815, by J.S. Bach, and second year master’s degree student Hyang Kim will perform the second and third movements of Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7 in B-flat, Op. 83.  There will an opportunity at the end of the masterclass for a short Q&A.

A native of France, de la Salle first came to international attention in 2005, at the age of 16, with a Bach/Liszt recording that was selected as Recording of the Month by Gramophone Magazine. She was then similarly recognized in 2008 for her recording of Liszt’s, Prokofiev’s, and Shostakovich’s first concertos—a remarkable feat for someone only 20 years old.

She has played with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, making her London Symphony Orchestra debut with Fabio Luisi, who later had invited her to become the first artist-in-residence of the Zurich Opera. In the United States, de la Salle has played with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and three times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. She has been tagged by one critic as being “…the most exciting young artist in classical music right now.”

Tickets for Lise de la Salle’s 8:00 p.m. performance on March 20 in Gorell are available by going to the Lively Arts ticket page or by calling the Lively Arts’ ticket office at 724-357-1313. Tickets for any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance start time. Tickets are priced at $22 for regular admission, $18 for seniors (60 or older), and $12 for active I-Card holders, students, and children. Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more.