Washington, 16 November 2009 Press release

Lecture by Maestro Alfred Brendel

Washington, November 18th 2009 – As part of the lecture series Conversations with Legends organised by the Washington Performing Arts Society, Maestro Alfred Brendel will today be talking about Character in Music in the atrium of the Austrian Embassy in Washington. 350 to 400 guests are expected to attend this event.

Alfred Brendel’s family has Austrian, German, Italian and Slavic roots. Having received his first piano lessons at the age of six, he studied piano, composition and conducting in Zagreb and Graz. In 1947, he finished his piano training, passing the state examination at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts as an external student. His repertoire ranges from Bach to Schönberg, and he was the first pianist to record Beethoven’s works for piano in their entirety. He was instrumental in integrating Schubert’s sonatas and Schönberg’s piano concerto in the concert repertoire and in promoting the rehabilitation of Liszt’s pieces for piano.

Since his withdrawal from active concert life in 2008, Brendel has returned to Washington D.C. for the first time to play excerpts from his interpretation of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and to discuss his book Musical Character in Beethoven’s Music.

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