College of Music welcomes world-renowned pianist for performance, masterclasses

Paul Lewis
Paul Lewis

The Florida State University College of Music will welcome internationally renowned pianist Paul Lewis for a performance and masterclasses as part of its continuing mission of bringing world-class artists and scholars to Tallahassee.

Lewis is this year’s Wiley & Lucilla Housewright Eminent Scholar Chair in Music, which plays a vital role in the enrichment of the musical lives of university students and members of the surrounding community.

Lewis will present a solo performance of classical piano works at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. The program for this performance will include selections from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Carl Maria von Weber.

Students will have additional opportunities to work up-close and in-person with Lewis during a masterclass at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, and a question-and-answer session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Longmire Recital Hall.

All events are free and open to the public.

Internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation, Paul Lewis’s recent cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of European classical repertoire. His numerous awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. Lewis performs regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia, and Mahler Chamber Orchestras.