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Bethlehem, Pa., January 19, 2006— The Piano Masters @ Moravian series continues on Thursday, January 26 with the performance of Eduardus Halim. The last student of legendary pianist Vladimir Horovitz, Halim has gained recognition in his own right as a masterful player in the Romantic style.
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Foy Concert Hall, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. Tickets are $35 and available online at http://www.pianoculture.com/pianomasters.htm or by phone at 610-515-1025.
Halim was born to Chinese parents in Indonesia and began to seriously study the piano at age 6. He was a prodigy, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in public at age 11 and playing his first recital at 13. When he was 19, he matriculated at the Julliard School with a full scholarship. His first professional concerts were extremely well-received and caused critic Harold C. Schonberg to relate his talent to Vladimir Horowitz. Music writer David Dubal introduced Halim to Horowitz, who took the young pianist as his last pupil.
Critics and audiences have continued to rave about Halim’s talent. He received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996. Halim has appeared around the world with various orchestras and as a solo performer. Some of his more notable engagements include orchestral work with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, and the Russian National Orchestra; solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Wigmore Hall in London; and music festivals in Newport and Stockholm. Halim also performed at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Minnesota Orchestra’s Viennese Sommerfest.
He has released three CDs throughout his career, all of which have received critical acclaim. They are A Program of Piano Transcriptions, Eduardus Halim Plays Chopin, and Goyescas and Valses Poeticos. When he is not busy performing, Halim teaches piano studies as a professor and member of the Artist Faculty at New York University.