press release: Renowned American pianist Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu will perform piano four-hand pieces by Schumann, Bizet, Mozart and more, as part of the Salon Piano Series concerts held at Farley's House of Pianos. The concert is on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 7:30 pm, and will include an introduction by Karlos Moser. Tickets, which are expected to go quickly, are available online at salonpianoseries.org, or at Farley's House of Pianos, 608.271.2626.
The distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin has performed with the world's major symphony orchestras with such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, George Szell, Claudio Abbado, Eugene Ormandy and James Levine. A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin has collaborated with artists including Pamela Frank and Yo-Yo Ma. An avid exponent of the music of many contemporary composers, Mr. Serkin has brought to life the music of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Wolpe, and others for audiences around the world. He has performed many world premieres written specifically for him, in particular, works by Toru Takemitsu, Oliver Knussen, and Peter Lieberson. Mr. Serkin currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music. Mr. Serkin befriended the Farleys in 1994 when he was in town for a concert and visited the Farley's showroom.
Originally from Taiwan, Julia Hsu received scholarships to study at The Purcell School for young musicians at the age of 14. She has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theatre, Germany. Julia has collaborated with conductors Fabio Panisello, Lutz Koeler and cellist Ivan Moniguetti. She was a Festival Fellow at Bowdoin Music Festival, and a scholar at the Banff Centre, Canada before she became a Piano Fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music in 2013.
Salon Piano Series is a non-profit founded by Tim and Renée Farley to continue the tradition of intimate salon concerts at Farley’s House of Pianos.
For ticket information and concert details see salonpianoseries.org. All events will be held at Farley's House of Pianos, 6522 Seybold Road, Madison, on Madison’s west side near the Beltline, and plenty of free parking is available. It is also easy to reach by bicycle or Madison Metro.