April 26: Steven Spooner Concert Opens Lee Piano Competition
Opening ceremonies for the Lee Piano Competition will feature a recital by competition guest artist Dr. Steven Spooner, concert pianist and associate professor of piano at the University of Kansas, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in Kresge Recital Hall.
The "Audience Choice" recital will be dedicated to Vladimir Horowitz and is free and open to the public. The program's pieces will be determined by votes – whichever program gets the most votes will be the one performed by Spooner.
Described as “dazzling” (Washington Post) critics have hailed the powerful performances of Spooner and noted that the “American had everything: polished technique, musical intelligence, innate sensitivity, and a personality that reaches across the keyboard.” Steven has performed around the world and is quickly becoming one of the more noted American pianists of his generation. He has given solo recitals at prestigious venues such as the Salle Cortot in Paris, Holland’s Vredenburg Centre, Budapest’s Great Hall of the Liszt Academy, Geneva’s Fete de la Musique and numerous halls across Europe, Latin America, South America, and the United States. Recently, he made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in a tour sponsored by the Hungarian Government and this season will perform in Rome (Academia Santa Cecilia), New York (Carnegie Weill Recital Hall), Washington D.C. (National Gallery of Art), Jakarta, Singapore (Esplanade Recital Hall), Budapest, Italy, and throughout Asia. Dr. Spooner wields an unusually large repertoire and recently mounted an enormous recital series akin to Anton Rubinstein’s 18 historic solo recitals of 1885 embracing the standard piano literature from the Baroque to composers of the 21st century. His continued interest in new music leads him to collaborate with Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz (commissioned by the ROKI Foundation) to premiere and record several of his works during the 2011/12 season. Mr. Spooner plans to present the 32 Beethoven Sonatas in 10 recitals in the fall of 2012. Learn more.