Stewart Goodyear, Piano

75th Anniversary Celebration Event

January 10, 2016, 4 PM

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75th Anniversary Celebration Event

The Phillips Collection celebrates the US debut of Glenn Gould. Toronto-born pianist Stewart Goodyear, in his Washington, DC, premiere, presents a reenactment of Gould’s iconic 1955 program. This commemorative concert replicates Gould's original program. An essay in the printed program by former Washington Post chief music critic Tim Page introduces this momentous occasion, and a reception follows.
"[Glenn Gould] gave the recital in Washington: Sweelinck, Gibbons, Bach, et al. Paul Hume of The Washington Post was there. Hours later, Hume filed a piece for the next day’s paper. “January 2 is early for predictions,” he allowed, “but it is unlikely that the year 1955 will bring us a finer piano recital than that played yesterday afternoon at the Phillips Gallery. We shall be lucky if it brings us others of equal beauty and significance,”Unstintingly, he concluded: “Gould is a pianist with rare gifts for the world. It must not long be delayed hearing and according him the honor and audience he deserves. We know of no pianist anything like him of any age.”
Excerpt from Paul Elie, Reinventing Bach (2012)
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Pavane for the Earl of Salisbury
J. P. Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Fantasia Chromatica, SwWV 258
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Five Sinfonias:
E minor
F Major
G minor
B-flat Major
D minor
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Partita No. 5 in G Major
Anton Webern (1883-1945)
Variations for Piano, Op. 27
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata in E Major, Op. 109
Alban Berg (1885-1935)
Sonata (in one movement), Op. 1

Proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world , including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor's degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his master's at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, and the Mondavi Center. His recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas has received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Solo Recording. In June and July 2014, he performed the complete sonatas in four three-hour programs at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, New York.

In the Phillips Music 75th Anniversary video, Stewart Goodyear qualified Glenn Gould's sound as "distinctive, compelling, penetrating." Listen to this performance from 1960.

Gould served as a role model and inspiration to Goodyear's career. Both talents will converge in our revival of Glenn Gould's US debut recital in 1955 at The Phillips Collection, interpreted by Stewart Goodyear.

In partnership with the Glenn Gould Estate