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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College Music Department will hold a special master class with Gary Graffman in Peter Hall on Thursday, November 15, at 11:30 am. Graffman is hailed as one of the great living classical pianists. He is currently the director and president of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received an Honorary Doctor of Music from Moravian in 1995. General admission is $10, and $5 for senior citizens and students.
Graffman was accepted into the Curtis Institute as a piano student in 1936, when he was seven. After 10 years of study with Isabelle Vengerova, he graduated and shortly thereafter made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. He has remained a member of the Curtis association for the past 64 years.
Graffman continued his musical studies at the under Vladimir Horowitz and then at the Marlboro Music Festival with Rudolf Serkin. At the age of 20 he won the Leventritt Award which launched his career on the international concert circuit. In 1953, Graffman appeared in performance with Horowitz and Josef Hoffman at a celebration of the One Hundredth birthday of Steinway & Sons.
For the next three decades Graffman toured almost constantly. He became a prolific recording artist at CBS & RCA.. The catalogues he made at the studios include concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Brahms, Chopin, and Beethoven and are recorded with the orchestras of Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Chicago and Boston.
For more information, call the Music Department at 610-861-1650