Michael Noble, piano – Fri. Nov. 27 – 7:30 PM

American pianist Michael Noble gave his first recital when he was six and has gone on to perform concerts across Europe, Asia, and North America. He is a prizewinner of numerous competitions including the Grand Prize at the Carmel Music Society Piano Competition (Carmel, CA), Gold Medal at the Crescendo Music Awards (Tulsa, OK), and two-time laureate of the Chopin International Competition of the 1000 Islands.

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Michael has been called “a pianist to remember” by Het Nieuwsblad (Ghent, Belgium) and his playing has been hailed as “poetic” (Het Nieuwsblad), “elegant, stylish, and powerful” by the Peninsula News (California), and “excellent” by the Tulsa World (Oklahoma). He has performed in venues including Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel halls, the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Historisches Kaufhaus in Freiburg, Germany, and as soloist with the Tulsa Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. Additionally, he has worked with the most renowned artists in the field including Gary Graffman, Claude Frank, Christopher Elton, John O’Conor, Ursula Oppens, John Perry, Boris Berman, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Robert McDonald.

In 2008, Michael attended the Paris Conservatoire to work with Nicholas Angelich. Following this, he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature cum laude from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester respectively where he was a student of Nelita True. He received his Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music where he worked with Peter Frankl and Melvin Chen and is now a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts there.

Michael recently completed a one-year residency in Ghent, Belgium as a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation where he focused on contemporary music with political connotations under the guidance of Daan Vandewalle. During the past season, Michael performed throughout the United States, Thailand, and Western Europe, and the current season will see him concertizing throughout the United States, Canada, Belgium, and Germany.

PROGRAMME:

Claude Debussy (1862-­1918)
From Douze Études (L. 136)
No. 11 pour les arpèges composés
No. 4 pour les sixtes (1915)

Johannes Brahms (1833­-1897) Seven Fantasies, Op. 116 (1892)

I. Capriccio. Presto energico
II. Intermezzo. Andante
III. Capriccio. Allegro passionato
IV. Intermezzo. Adagio
V. Intermezzo. Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento
VI. Intermezzo. Andantino teneramente
VII. Capriccio. Allegro agitato

Jared Miller (b. 1988)
Two Preludes (2008)

Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938) from North American Ballads (1978­-79)
Down by the Riverside
Winnsboro Cotton­Mill Blues

Sergei Prokofiev (1891­-1953) Sonata in C minor, Op. 29 (1917)

I. Allegro molto sostenuto
II. Andante assai
III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiero

Graduate of the Yale University School of Music, Michael Noble.

Graduate of the Yale University School of Music, Michael Noble.