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Arnaldo Cohen, piano
*Due to a physical ailment, pianist Behzod Abduraimov is unable to give his scheduled debut recital at Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM.
In his place, Spivey Hall is proud to welcome the return of Brazilian-born pianist ARNALDO COHEN, first-prize winner of the 1972 Busoni International Piano Competition. Described as “a fabulous talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), Arnaldo Cohen is “a big pianist, a large man with a roaring, muscular tone, digital precision and individual interpretations. He is debonair at the keyboard, and he is wise” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
A pupil in his native Brazil of Jacques Klein (a disciple of the legendary American pianist William Kapell), Cohen pursued further training in Vienna. Long in demand internationally, he has performed with the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is a frequent recitalist at major music venues and festivals, including the 2016 Savannah Music Festival. An acclaimed recording artist, Cohen was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London before moving to the United States, where he currently holds a full professorship at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and since 2013, has been artistic director of the Portland Piano International series in Oregon.
For his May 7 Spivey Hall recital, Arnaldo Cohen will perform Ferruccio Busoni’s transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chaconne in D minor, the Variations on a Theme of Handel by Johannes Brahms, and the four highly virtuosic Scherzos by Frédéric Chopin.
Spivey Hall Friends Concert Sponsor: Michael Koch, MD