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The Boston Conservatory Presents Piano Masters Peter Hill, Oct. 11

(BOSTON—Oct. 11, 2011) The Boston Conservatory presents Peter Hill as part of its popular Piano Masters series, a unique offering of internationally renowned pianists in solo engagements, performed under the artistic direction of Michael Lewin. The performance takes place Oct. 11, 2011 at 8 p.m. at The Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall at 8 The Fenway. General admission tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and FREE for students with valid ID. Tickets are available by phone at 617-912-9222 or at http://bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com/.

The eminent British pianist Peter Hill makes a rare Boston visit to perform the ecstatic piano music of Olivier Messiaen, his specialty. One of England’s most admired and wide-ranging pianists, he studied all the piano works with Messiaen himself, recorded the complete solo piano music to lasting acclaim and wrote a magnificent biography of the composer. He will begin each half with a prelude and fugue by Bach, followed by Messiaen works including: La Colombe, Le Merle bleu, Le Traquet stapazin, Le Rouge-gorge (from Petites Esquisses d'oiseaux), Cantéyodjayâ and L'Alouette lululf.

About Peter Hill

Peter Hill is a scholar and pianist working mainly in the contemporary and 20th century repertoires. He studied at Oxford and at the Royal College of Music, where his teachers included Cyril Smith and Nadia Boulanger. He was awarded first prize at Darmstadt (1974) for his performances of Cage and Stockhausen, and his complete recording of Messiaen´s solo piano works, made with the composer´s help and encouragement, has been described as “one of the most important recording projects of recent years” (New York Times). Other recordings include CDs of Beethoven (the Diabelli Variations), Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg and Webern).  Hill’s ´s books include The Messiaen Companion (Faber and Faber) and Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (Cambridge University Press). In 2001 he and his colleague Nigel Simeone were granted permission to carry out research in the private Messiaen archive. Their biography Messiaen (Yale University Press) was published in 2005. 

About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit www.bostonconservatory.edu. 

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