Pianist Steven Glaser will perform at Northwestern State University Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.
Glaser will perform works by Franz Schubert’s “Sonata in A Minor” and “Four Impromptus” along with Frederic Chopin’s “Fantasy,” “Nocturne in G Minor” and “Ballade No. 1 in G Minor.”
Glaser has concertized widely in the United States including acclaimed debut recitals in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on the prestigious Allied Arts Series, in Merkin Hall, New York, and abroad in Canada, Europe, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico, Israel, and East Asia including several tours to Taiwan and China.
Glaser has performed in Poland several times including soloist with the Lodz and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestras, and as recitalist on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw. He has been a guest artist at the Corfu International Music Festival in Greece, the Beethoven Festival in Jerusalem, Israel, and the Kaohsiung Music Center in Taiwan. He has given recitals and master classes coast to coast throughout the United States.
A well-known chamber musician, Glaser has collaborated with many leading artists and ensembles. Together with clarinetist Robert Walzel, they form the Con Fuoco Duo and have become one of the most well received and respected American duos. They were selected by the USIA to tour Africa as “U.S. Artistic Ambassadors” and in 2015 released their second compact disc, “Wild and Exotic Dances: the Music of James Scott Balentine” by Albany Records to critical acclaim. In recent years, he has teamed with violinist Leonid Polonsky and cellist Wendy Morton in performances of the piano trio genre.
He is past winner of such prestigious piano competitions as the First New York Chopin International Competition, the Society of American Musicians Competition, and the Liederkranz Foundation Competition. An advocate of music by Jewish composers, his last compact disc was entitled “Jewish Music – East and West” released by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at OSU.
Glaser holds a B.M. with honors from the University of Michigan and a M.M. from The Juilliard School where he was a scholarship student of the late pianist and renowned teacher, Nadia Reisenberg. He holds the rank of professor of piano and head of the keyboard area at The Ohio State University as well as on the faculty at the OSU Melton Center for Jewish Studies. He has been a visiting professor of piano at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University in Israel, Capital University in Ohio, and Sun Yat Sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.