Performance Friday, November 2, 2012 | 8 PM

Postponed: Murray Perahia

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Due to the ongoing closure of West 57th Street in Manhattan following Hurricane Sandy, this performance, originally scheduled for Friday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, has been relocated to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and rescheduled for Sunday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. Ticketholders should retain their tickets for exchange at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office on Sunday, beginning at 12 noon.


  • Murray Perahia, Piano


  • HAYDN Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI: 24
  • SCHUBERT Moments musicaux, D. 780
  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight"
  • SCHUMANN Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
  • CHOPIN Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36
  • CHOPIN Scherzo No. 1


  • Murray Perahia

    With a performance career that spans more than 40 years, Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music venues and with every leading orchestra. He is also the principal guest conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

    Born in New York, Mr. Perahia started playing piano at the age of four and later attended Mannes College The New School for Music, where he majored in conducting and composition. His summers were spent at the Marlboro Festival, where he collaborated with such musicians as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and members of the Budapest String Quartet. He also studied at the time with Mieczysław Horszowski. In subsequent years, he developed a close friendship with Vladimir Horowitz, whose perspective and personality were an abiding inspiration. In 1972, Mr. Perahia won the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, and in 1973, he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival. In Aldeburgh, he worked closely with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, accompanying the latter in many lieder recitals. Mr. Perahia was co-artistic director of the festival from 1981 to 1989.

    Mr. Perahia has a wide and varied discography. Most recently, Sony Classical released a box set entitled Murray Perahia: The First 40 Years, featuring 68 CDs and five DVDs; last year, a five-CD box set was released of his Chopin recordings, including both concertos, opp. 12 and 25 etudes, the ballades, Op. 28 preludes, and various shorter works. Previous solo recordings feature Bach's partitas nos. 1, 5, and 6; and Beethoven's piano sonatas, opp. 14, 26, and 28. He is the recipient of two Grammy Awards for his recordings of Chopin's complete etudes and Bach's English suites nos. 1, 3, and 6; he has additionally received numerous Grammy nominations. Mr. Perahia has also won several Gramophone awards.

    An honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music, Mr. Perahia holds honorary doctorates from the University of Leeds and Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his outstanding service to music.

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Schumann's Faschingsschuwank Aus Wien (Allegro)
Murray Perahia, Piano

At a Glance

Though his immaculate playing recalls the transparency of great European pianists, Bronx native Murray Perahia's conversational phrasing, calm command of scale, and human sense of time bring a warmth to his playing that is distinctly American. Tonight, Perahia performs a recital of indelible compositions by quintessential composers of the keyboard repertoire, including Beethoven's beloved "Moonlight" Sonata, as well as works by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin.
Program Notes


Murray Perahia plays the third movement from Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight."