A Conversation Between Thomas Adès and Gloria Cheng about their Upcoming Duo-Recital on the Piano Spheres series

chengades240Gloria Cheng: You’re a stupendous piano virtuoso. How much do you practice?

Thomas Adès: Well thank you – I’ve always played the piano as an everyday part of life – in a way I’ve had to make my own repertoire as I don’t play Rachmaninov concertos or Chopin Etudes, but the piano is my home, as some people are at home in a swimming pool. So I suppose to extend the swimming analogy, I am perhaps a fish, rather than a champion swimmer.

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Thomas Adès Joins Piano Spheres Artist Gloria Cheng in a Rare Two Pianos/Four Hands Program on September 8, 2015 at Zipper Hall

chengadesPiano Spheres is pleased to announce an extraordinary program with Thomas Adès and Gloria Cheng in recital with the World Premiere of THOMAS ADÈS: CONCERT PARAPHRASE on Powder Her Face for TWO PIANOS, FOUR HANDS which was commissioned by the new music patron Sue Bienkowski for Piano Spheres. Featured, in the recital by these two celebrated pianists is LIGETI: Sonatina; NANCARROW arr. ADÈS: Studies No. 6 & 7; and MESSIAEN: Visions de l’Amen.

The concert opens the Piano Spheres season entitled XPLORATIONS on Tuesday, September 8, 8:00pm at ZIPPER CONCERT HALL, 200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012.

The continuing series will be at REDCAT with dates later announced.

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Piano Spheres also gratefully acknowledges support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.