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Pianist performs for conservatory

Anton Kuerti performs a fundraising concert for the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music Tuesday (Nov. 27). The conservatory is celebrating 30 years in Nanaimo. - Photo contributed
Anton Kuerti performs a fundraising concert for the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music Tuesday (Nov. 27). The conservatory is celebrating 30 years in Nanaimo.
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Acclaimed pianist and member of the Order of Canada Anton Kuerti will perform a solo piano recital to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.

Kuerti is a musician, composer, teacher, mentor and recording artist well known for his complete recordings of Beethoven’s concertos and sonatas, the Schubert sonatas and the Brahms concertos as well as his more recent recordings of works for piano and orchestra by Schumann and works for violin and piano by Czerny.

Kuerti, born in Vienna in 1938 and a Canadian citizen since 1984, played in concert halls and music series across Canada and around the world. He performed with most major U.S. orchestras and conductors, including the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony with Yehudi Menuhin, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a chamber musician he performed with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker and the Cleveland, Guarneri and Tokyo string quartets.

Earlier this year, Kuerti received the Banff Centre’s prestigious National Arts Award, an honour previously bestowed on Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley and Maureen Forrester.

Kuerti performs at the Port Theatre Tuesday (Nov. 27) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35; $25/students by calling the Port Theatre ticket centre at 754-8550.

Monday (Nov. 26) prior to the concert Kuerti will hold a master class in the choral room at Malaspina University-College. Tickets $10; $5/students to observe the class and are also available through the Port Theatre.

The concert is a fundraiser for the conservatory, providing classical music classes for students in the Nanaimo area. For more information on the conservatory, please call 754-4611.

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