Murray Perahia

Posted on Apr 22 by SEASONS Magazine

Murray Perahia, photo by Felix Broede, courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures.

Murray Perahia, photo by Felix Broede, courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures.

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents pianist Murray Perahia and a spectacular performance of Bach, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven at UCSB Campbell Hall on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

The Seattle Times calls Perahia “An extraordinarily imaginative and intelligent pianist who connects deeply with music lovers.” His “breathtaking drive and imagination” (Los Angeles Times) has lead him “to breathe freshness and distinction into works we’ve heard many times before, but seldom played at this inspired level” (Chicago Tribune).

Perahia is one of the most valued pianists of time, working in top music centers worldwide and performing with major orchestras for more than four decades. Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, he has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia.

Perahia began playing the piano at four years old, later majoring in conducting and composition at Mannes College and spending summers at the Marlboro Festival, where he joined forces with instrumentalists Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. He has also studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski and established a friendship with Vladimir Horowitz, who inspired him considerably. After winning the Leeds International Piano Competition, Perahia held his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1973, working with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.

This past season, Perahia has conducted Beethoven’s five piano concertos, touring with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, beginning in Europe followed by recitals in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo. In Spring 2017, his U.S. tour comprises of performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and shows in Aliso Viejo, Vancouver, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Denver, Chicago, Washington, D.C., at Princeton University and Carnegie Hall in New York.

An honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, Perahia has received honorary doctorates from Oxford University, the Royal College of Music, Leeds University and Duke University. In recognition of his tremendous contribution to music, he was awarded an Honorary Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty the Queen in 2004.

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805/893-3535 or visit

—Kathryn Shim


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