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Grammy-Winning Pianist Murray Perahia Performs Solo Recital

Grammy-Winning Pianist Murray Perahia Performs Solo Recital at Soka Performing Arts Center

Aliso Viejo, CA – Pianist Murray Perahia performs a solo recital at Soka Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $50 for adults; and $40 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $39 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Perahia has become one of the most sought-after, cherished pianists of our time. He received two Grammy Awards for his recordings of Chopin’s complete Etudes and Bach’s English Suites Nos. 1, 3 and 6, in addition to numerous Grammy nominations and several Gramophone Awards. The evening’s program will include Bach’s French Suite No. 6 in E Major; Schubert’s Impromptus Op. 142, D. 935; Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, K. 511; and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111.

“Perahia’s extraordinary pianism is a sacrament of purification and a kind of return to an age of pianistic innocence” (LA Times). He has performed in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and South East Asia. Sony Classical issued a special boxed set edition of all his recordings entitled “The First 40 Years.” His recording of Brahms Händel Variations, which won the Grammophone Award in 2011, has been called “one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available” (Financial Times). Recently, Perahia embarked on an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition.

Born in New York, Perahia started playing piano at the age of four, and later attended Mannes College where he majored in conducting and composition. His summers were spent at the Marlboro Festival, where he collaborated with Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. In 1972 Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition, and in 1973 he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival. Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and he holds honorary doctorates from Leeds University and Duke University. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.