102. Steven Masi (3), piano

Sunday, March 17th, 2024 @2pm

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Salon Concerts at Klavierhaus
Jed Distler, artistic director


Steven Masi 3, piano

Sunday, March 17th, 2024 @2pm

Live at Klavierhaus
790 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

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Leonard Bernstein
Four Anniversaries (1948)
I. For Felicia Montealegre
II. For Johnny Mehegan
III. For David Diamond
IV. For Helen Coates

Some Other Time (arr. Jed Distler)

Davide Zannoni
Preludi (2019)
Libro Primo 1-12

~ Intermission ~

Sarah Kirkland Snider
Prelude (1999)
Ballade (2000)

Frédéric Chopin
Berceuse, Op. 57
Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 45
Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52


Acclaimed as an artist of unusual sensitivity and virtuosity, pianist Steven Masi has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has appeared at the Casals Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chattauqua Festival, Park City Music Festival, and Music Festival of the Hamptons. He has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras such as the Atlanta Symphony, New Symphony Orchestra of London, the American Symphony and many others. In Germany he was an artist member of the Bonn Chamber Music Society and recorded extensively for the Southwest German Radio and Aulos Records. His recording of the complete Sonatas of Beethoven was released in 2017 by Albany Records to great critical acclaim. Critic Colin Clarke wrote, “It is not exaggerating to suggest that Masi belongs with the elite in the late sonatas, providing as satisfying an experience as the likes of Solomon, Kempff, and Pollini, for example… the sense of exploratory, transcendent journey is profound indeed. Masi hardly seems to feel technical hurdles. It is as if everything is in the service of Beethoven.” Jerry Dubins wrote in Fanfare added, “I don’t know what life Steven Masi was living when this materialization of Beethoven’s A-Major Sonata, op. 101 came into being because I wasn’t there for any of his previous existences, but the one he experienced for this performance must have been of transcendent grace and glory, for it’s a performance of both bliss and ecstasy.” This was followed by Brahmsiana, a recording of inter-related works by Brahms, Robert Chumbley, and Jonathin Cziner in 2019 on Navona Records and Late Works of Schubert, on Navona as well. A new recording for Navona, Ballades and Other Musings, with works from today’s program, will be issued soon A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Masi lives in Leonia, New Jersey, with his wife, clarinetist Diana Petrella and son Aidan.