ProMusica and EPTA (European Piano Teachers’ Association) India Associates present a recital by distinguished pianist Prof. Eugene Alcalay on 15 January 2015, 7 pm at Menezes Braganza Hall. Donation passes are available at Furtado Music stores in Panjim and Margao.
A native of Bucharest, Romania, Alcalay began playing at age two and composing at age eight. In 1984 he came under the tutelage of Leonard Bernstein, who affirmed his “outstanding talent as both a performer and composer.” Alcalay became the first recipient of The Leonard Bernstein Scholarship for gifted young musicians at Indiana University School of Music, where he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in both Piano and Composition. Aided by Maestro Bernstein, he continued his studies at The Curtis Institute of Music and then The Juilliard School, where he attained Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Piano Performance. His teachers included Seymour Lipkin, Robert McDonald, Karen Shaw, James Tocco, Milton Babbittf and Ned Rorem.
Currently Associate Professor of Piano at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Eugene Alcalay’s performance career has taken him to three continents and such United States venues as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall—Isaac Stern Auditorium. He has spent summers at prestigious international music festivals such as Tanglewood, Taos, Kneisel Hall and Ravinia. In addition, he served as Piano and Chamber Music Faculty at the Sixth International Music Festival and School in Bogota, Colombia, a country which he revisited in 2003 as a Fulbright Scholar, and in 2004, as Fulbright Senior Specialist/Artist in Residence. He has also given master classes and judged piano competitions in Europe and the United States. In 2005 he was invited to join the International Roster of Steinway Artists.
His 2007 London debut, sponsored by Steinway and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, was “highly acclaimed” as a “poetic” and “memorable recital”: in his review, Alberto Portugheis emphasized “Alcalay’s command of line, color, temperament, imagination” and the “extraordinary qualities” of his pianism.
Alcalay’s latest CD, “Lyrical Liszt,”, released in 2008 by the Partita Records label, has been praised for “poetry, sensitivity . . . admirable tonal variety . . . beautiful playing throughout” (EPTA UK). His 2010 Paris debut was preceded by a “superb” recital to a large audience at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London: displaying “power and gusto” as well as “kaleidoscopic lyrical qualities,” Alcalay proved himself “an interpreter of rare distinction” (Malcolm Miller, Music & Vision). In addition to return engagements in London, the 2012-13 season includes appearances in Oregon, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.
Alcalay’s concert programme in Goa will feature Georg Friedrich Handel’s Suite in G minor (G 260-3), Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in C minor (D 958), Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in D major (Op. 10, no. 3) and Franz Liszt’s Les Preludes –Symphonic poem no. 3 (arranged for piano by August Stradal).
(An edited version of this article was published on 14 January 2015 in the Buzz section of the Navhind Times Goa India)