Sebastian Knauer, from Germany, will perform at the College of Charleston’s International Piano Series on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street. He will play a program entitled “Back to Bach,” which will take audiences through a timeline of Bach’s influence on various composers. It includes selections of songs by George Gershwin, two pieces from Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs, Johannes Brahms’ Intermezzo in A major, Felix Mendelssohn’s Song without Words and Andante and Rondo Capriccioso, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Mozart’s Fantasy in C minor and an English Suite by Johann Sebastian Bach. Tickets are $20. College of Charleston students and those under 18 years old are admitted free of charge. Credit card reservations and more information are available by calling (843) 953-6575, or by visiting www.internationalpianoseries.org.
Knauer appeared at an event for the Charleston Concert Association performing Mozart’s Two Piano concerto with Philippe Entremont. A regular at the Savannah Music Festival, he has performed in major concert halls such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin and Munich Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikvereinssaal, Barbican and Wigmore Hall in London, Opéra Comique and Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Sala Verdi in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, Téatro Municipal in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo’s Toppan Hall, Oriental Concert Hall in Shanghai, the Performing Arts Center in Hong Kong and the Forbidden Concert Hall in Beijing. He performed and conducted all 27 Mozart Piano Concertos with the Hamburg Philharmonic.
A dedicated chamber-musician, Sebastian Knauer now tours extensively with violinist Daniel Hope. He recorded for Berlin Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Glissando, Naxos and Warner Classics. The CD “East meets West” with Daniel Hope won the German “ECHO” and was nominated for the 2005 Grammy.
Knauer has just released a CD of piano concertos of the Bach family and will sell and autograph CDs at the concert. More information is available on his website.
Watch a video of Knauer speaking about and playing excerpts from “Bach and Sons” with Zürcher Kammer Orchester led by Sir Roger Norrington.