Phillips Exeter's Gilbert Concert Series Welcomes Classical Pianist Lise de la Salle
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Exeter, NH—Phillips Exeter Academy continues its 13th annual Gilbert Concert Series with a performance by international concert pianist Lise de la Salle. The award-winning 23-year-old native of France has emerged as one of her generation's most exciting and skilled artists. Praised for her virtuosity and depth, de la Salle has been described positively by The Boston Globe: "As a performer, de la Salle seemed focused and comfortable in her skin, dispatching Saint-Saens's Piano Concerto No. 2 with great poise and clarity . . . de la Salle made the most of its abundant fireworks . . ." This concert will be held at Phillips Exeter Academy on Tuesday, January 31, at 7 p.m., in Phillips Church, at Tan Lane and Front Street in Exeter. The event is free and open to the public.
The concert will include selections by composers Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt. de la Salle's 2011-2012 season includes performances in London, Paris, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, and Tokyo. de la Salle will also debut with the Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras.
Last year, she released her sixth CD # an album of Liszt's original works. This album was named "Editor's Choice" in Gramophone Magazine, which said of the artist, "… the wonderfully gifted Lise de la Salle gives us a Liszt recital of astonishing strength, poetry, and, for one so young, musical maturity."
A native of Cherbourg, France, de la Salle began studying piano at age four and gave her first major concert at age nine in a live broadcast on Radio-France. At 11, she received special permission to attend the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique. At 13, she made her concerto debut with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in Avignon and a Paris recital debut at the Louvre. In 2003 and 2004, she was top winner in the European and international young concert artists' auditions.
For further information, email the Music Department's Concert Manager, Vanessa H. Holroyd or call Patrice Baker in the Music Department at 603-777-3453. For a complete list of upcoming musical and community events, please visit the Music Department's webpage and PEA Community Calendar. You may also call the PEA public events line at 603-777-4309, or visit the PEA website. Directions to the Academy are available at 603-777-4330.
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