17. August
at 20.30
Mestni muzej (City Museum) - Ljubljana

PAUL GULDA (Austria)

Paul Gulda, piano


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Well-tempered piano in combination with Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (England, 1615)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), Sonata for piano No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight Sonata)
Claude Debussy (1862–1918), Second, fourth and fifth prelude from Preludes: Book I
Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915), Vers la flame, Op. 72
Friedrich Gulda (1930–2000), Variations on Light My Fire

Born in 1961, Vienna, Paul Gulda started to play the piano at the age of 8. “My first teachers were jazz pianists: Fritz Pauer and Roland Batik; my father, Friedrich Gulda, who inspired me with his absolute dedication to music; Leonid Brumberg, long-time assistant of the great Heinrich Neuhaus, who taught me the foundations of the Russian School; and Rudolf Serkin, who gave me the gift of true goodness and support in the realm of music. I strive to draw from all this, and to go beyond by my own means.”

Paul Gulda has played and appeared internationally as a soloist, chamber player, improviser and composer. He devised and co-produced several projects combining music and literature, and even painting. His vivid interest in history is reflected by a program demonstrating the influence of gipsy music on Haydn, and another one on Liszt, sharing the stage with the renowned Bratislava ensemble Ciganski Diabli; or his artistic contribution to the commemoration of the liberation of Mauthausen camp in 1999. He also knows how to play and sing his native Viennese folk music, and appears in jazz clubs as an improviser. Since 1998, he has taught at masterclasses in many countries. In 2001-2003, he was visiting professor at Vienna Music University. Among the many musicians and orchestras of great renown he has worked with are pianists Martha Argerich, Chick Corea, Japanese jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, the Hagen Quartet, Beirut Oud player Marwan Abado (whom he joins on harpsichord), conductors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin, the Vienna Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic and many more. He has also extensively recorded for various labels.

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