Piano Spheres commissioned-work to be premiered
Mark Robson will perform a piano recital on Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m. at Zipper Hall, Colburn School of Music in downtown Los Angeles. The recital includes the world premiere of Drive Through for piano and video by Los Angeles composer Bruno Louchouarn, which was commissioned by Piano Spheres, as well as works by renowned contemporary masters Karlheinz Stockhausen, Toru Takemitsu, Rodion Shchedrin, and Conlon Nancarrow. The international nature of the program rounds out with works by the American composer Frederic Rzewski plus the Swiss-Austrian composer – and Stockhausen pupil — Beat Furrer.
Robson, a founding member of Piano Spheres, has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a pianist with “one of the great techniques,” “an inquiring mind,” and a performer capable of evoking an “exquisite engulfing pastel haze.” He leads a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and vocal coach.
The complete program includes:
Beat Furrer: Drei Klavierstücke
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstück V
Toru Takemitsu: Pause ininterrompue
Frederic Rzewski: Side Show (“Squares” nr. 4)
Bruno Louchouarn: Drive Through for piano and video (World premiere) [Piano Spheres Commission]
Rodion Shchedrin: 3 pieces – Poem, In the Manner of Albeniz, and Troika
Conlon Nancarrow: Sonatina
Mr. Robson worked on the music staff of the Los Angeles Opera as a repetiteur and eventually as Assistant Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor. He often provided recitative accompaniment at the harpsichord for their productions and performed onstage in the role of virtuoso Boleslao Lazinski in Fedora. As a conductor he has appeared with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra and has assisted at the renowned festivals in Salzburg and Spoleto (Italy). He has served as a vocal coach on the faculties of the University of Southern California, the California Institute of the Arts, Chapman and Cal State Fullerton.
Robson began his musical pursuits at an early age, first as a pianist and later as a flutist and organist. He began to compose when he was nine. Subsequent studies culminated in degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Southern California, enhanced by several years studying the piano and Ondes Martenot in Paris. Among his teachers have been Lydia Frumkin, Yvonne Loriod, Alain Motard, John Perry and James Bonn. His talent has been recognized with several scholarships and awards; these include a prize in the International Piano Competition for Contemporary Music of St. Germain-en-Laye, the Corvina Cultural Circle Honorary Hungarian Award and the USC Master’s student Keyboard Departmental Award.
Tickets are $25 general, $15 students, and are available at www.pianospheres.com or at the box office the evening of the performance.
Founded by Leonard Stein, Piano Spheres supports and encourages the composition and performance of major new works for the piano. It expands the piano repertoire by commissioning new music and sustaining a concert series of the highest artistic quality that focuses primarily on pieces by contemporary composers.