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Brian Ganz is regarded internationally as one of the leading pianists of his generation. “One comes away from a Brian Ganz recital not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.” Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post.
Mr. Ganz is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he studied with Leon Fleisher. He also studied with Ylda Novik and the late Claire Deene. A gifted teacher, he has been Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland since 1986, and in 2000 joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. He has been honored to serve on numerous competition juries, including the Long-Thibaud Competition.
Mr. Ganz deems himself “an active explorer of the many ways in which the study and performance of great music can remind us of the Spirit that unites all living things.” He has donated numerous performances in benefit concerts and was a founding member of the Washington Chapter of Artists to End Hunger.
Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 5, otherwise known as the Emperor Concerto, premiered on January 13, 1811 in Leipzig, Germany. It has grown in popularity over the years, becoming mandatory for any professional pianist to play. The name Emperor Concerto was given by the English publisher Johann Baptist Cramer. It is doubtful that Beethoven would have approved of the name due to his immense dislike of Napoleon Bonaparte who invaded Vienna in 1808 when Beethoven was working on the concerto.
The Emperor Concerto is the last complete piano concerto Beethoven wrote.