Pianist Tanya Bannister performs a unique program featuring music by Händel, Beethoven‘s Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110, No. 31, and new works by composers Harold Meltzer and Sidney Corbett, which draw inspiration directly from this penultimate Beethoven sonata. Both composers will be in attendance for this performance.
George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Suite in F Major, HWV 427
Washington premiere of new solo piano works by
Harold Meltzer (b. 1966) and Sidney Corbett (b. 1960)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Lauded by The Washington Post for playing “…with intelligence, poetry and proportion,” pianist Tanya Bannister’s recent victories at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition confirm her status among the leading pianists of her generation. Receiving further distinction as an ‘artist to watch’ on the cover of Symphony Magazine, Bannister’s career has already brought her to many of the world’s great concert halls, with recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Communale in Bologna, Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Kennedy Center, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Recent orchestral highlights include Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 with the Greenwich (CT) Symphony, and Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat, K. 449 with the Arcadiana Symphony in Louisiana, Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Louisiana Philharmonic Syracuse Symphony.
Upcoming and recent appearances, warmly praised by The New York Times, include the highly regarded Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Look and Listen Festival in New York, South Windsor Concert Series, and AlpenKammerMusik in Austria, where she also serves as Artistic Director.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which occurred soon after Bannister’s victory in New Orleans, she joined forces with three previous winners of that competition to form ‘Pianists for New Orleans.’ These artists have been performing together across the US to achieve their ambitious mission to raise $100,000 to help support the classical music community of New Orleans.
Born in Hong Kong, Bannister holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York’s Mannes School of Music, where she received an artist diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode.