FREE Lunchtime Concert: Matthew Odell (Piano)
Bach arr Ferruccio Busoni – Chaconne in D minor from Partita No 2 for Violin
Michel Merlet – Sonatine
Franck – Prelude, Choral and Fugue
Matthew Odell Piano
The American pianist Matthew Odell has won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. He has been hailed as “excellent” by the New York Times and “brilliant … playing with total commitment and real abandon” by Gramophone. His performances have taken him to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Highlights of the current season include the conclusion of a series of performances of the solo music of Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez and concerts in France, Spain and England.
Deeply committed to strengthening the ties between today’s composers and audiences, Mr Odell frequently premieres works written for him and has worked with many prominent composers, including Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, Mark Adamo, Michel Merlet and Robert Aldridge. Mr Odell’s affinity for the music of Oliver Messiaen has been seen in a recital series of his complete solo piano music, a performance of Visions de l’Amen with pianist Peter Hill, and an upcoming recording project of the music of Messiaen with his students.
Mr Odell is a founding member of the Hampton Trio, a group which presented outstanding pieces from the established repertoire alongside newly-commissioned works. His special love of the art song repertoire has resulted in many recitals with singers from around the world, including British bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk. He served for 5 years on the coaching faculty of the Académie internationale d’été de Nice in France. Mr Odell received his doctoral degree from The Juilliard School, and in addition to teaching at Juilliard and Keene State College, he frequently presents workshops, masterclasses and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the USA and Europe. For more information, please visit www.matthewodell.com.
Lunchtime Concerts are FREE, with a suggested donation of £3.50 which goes towards the work of St Martin’s