February 14, 2011
Former Piano Students of Distinguished Lake Erie College Professor Harold Fink to Present Musical Tribute
Internationally-respected concert pianist, Anthony Spiri, a former student of Lake Erie College music professor, Dr. Harold Fink, will be returning to Morley Music Hall after nearly 40 years to present a recital in tribute to his former teacher.
Mr. Spiri is one of the most versatile and highly-regarded among today's art song accompanists, chamber music pianists and soloists. From the age of seven until he went to college in Boston, he studied with Dr. Fink. While in college, a grant enabled him to continue his training in Europe. He obtained his diploma with special distinction from the "Mozarteum" in Salzburg. Among his teachers, Erika Frieser, Hans Leygraf, Rudolf Firkusny, Erik Werba and Nikaolaus Harnoncourt were the most influential. Mr. Spiri has been living in Europe since leaving college.
As soloist, he has appeared with the Chamber of Orchestra of Europe, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and many other orchestras. His extensive recording catalogue spans numerous labels: Harmonia Mundi, CPO, Orfeo, OehmsClassics, BMG and Camerata Tokyo, among others. Notable is the continuing series of CDs with works by Johann Sebastian, Johann Christian, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, in which his many years of experience with historical instruments – harpsichord, fortepiano and organ – show to best advantage. His recordings also include: Alfredo Casella's piano concerto "Scarlattiana", piano works by Eduard Marxsen, Gabriel Fauré and J. S. Bach, songs of Schumann, Schubert, Strauss and Joseph Marx. Since 2001, Mr. Spiri has been professor of piano chamber music at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. He gives master classes and lectures worldwide. For more on Anthony Spiri, visit his website at http://www.anthony-spiri.com/index.php/en
Mr. Spiri will be joined in this concert by pianist, Paul Gothard III, Professor of Music at Lake Erie College, who also studied with Dr. Fink from childhood. The composers selected for this tribute concert represent those that Dr. Fink frequently included in his own recitals or are in special ways associated with him. Mr. Spiri will present works by J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, and George Gershwin. Mr. Gothard will present Dr. Fink’s own Piano Sonata No.1, and the program will close with Spiri and Gothard presenting Fink’s V-Day – A Celebration Piece, for two pianos.
The concert will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 8:00pm, in Morley Music Hall on the campus of Lake Erie College. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Paul Gothard III, at 440.375.7030.