Acclaimed Pianist Andreas Klein Performs at Berea College

On November 10, 2011, at 8 p.m., Andreas Klein, an acclaimed classical pianist, will perform “The Two Virtuosi: Busoni and Liszt” in Phelps Stokes auditorium.

Klein’s career as an orchestra soloist and recitalist has established him as a dynamic and compelling performer. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Klein has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues in London, Berlin, Rome, Milan, New York and Washington D.C.

Klein has collaborated with some of world’s finest ensembles. He toured with the renowned Salzburg Chamber Soloists performing in Mexico City and Sala Netzahualcoyotl, and 18 concerts in the U.S. Most recently, in 2011, he joined Cuarteto Casals, Spain’s star string quartet. They performed in major U.S. cities and concert series including Chicago, Washington, D.C., and at the prestigious Casals Festival in Costa Rica.

Klein’s music has received praise by critics. Of the “Berg Sonata,” The New York Times raved, “Mr. Klein is an excellent pianist. In Berg’s Sonata the voluptuous haze was blown away: one followed the progress of every theme and motive as they steadily transformed themselves into a single architectural design.”

Andreas Klein is a frequent guest on the radio at WGBH Boston, American Public Radio in St. Paul Studio, WFMT Chicago, Cleveland and Houston. He has been the subject of a televised “Musicians Portrait” in Berlin, filmed at the Neuhardenberg Castle, and “Intermezzo with Andreas Klein,” a series of short piano works with visuals, was aired by PBS nationwide.

Klein complemented his studies at Julliard with the legendary Claudio Arrau and Nikita Magaloff. Copies of his dissertation on the Chopin Etudes are in the libraries of the Chopin Society in Vienna and Leipzig.

This performance is part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series, established by the family of the late John B. Stephenson, former president of Berea College from 1984-94, and his sister Nancy Anne Stephenson. The concerts bring outstanding musical performances to Berea College for the enrichment of all, free of charge.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.