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FREDERICK HISTORIC PIANO COLLECTION

A House Concert 
at the
Historical Piano Study Center
30 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA, 01430

Sunday, June 30, 2019, at 4:00pm


Matthew Odell, piano 
Matthew Odell, piano


Gaspard de la nuit, M.55    (1908) Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Each of three movements is based on a different poem by Aloysius Bertrand (1807–1841).
1. Ondine
2. Le gibet
3. Scarbo
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Piano Sonata in b-minor, S.178    (1852-53)
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Liszt wrote the b-minor sonata in one long movement only, unlike the usual three-movement sonata form.

About the Pianos
*Mr. Odell's busy schedule will likely not allow him to choose which pianos to play until within a week of the concert.
We expect that he would choose one if not two of the Érards, probably the 1877 Érard "Extra-grand modèle de concert" for the Ravel and possibly the 1859 Érard for the Liszt, but the choices are his to make, so when they are made we will post them here.

All pianos played in the concerts are from The Frederick Collection.
The Historical Piano Study Center, 30 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA, 01430. The building is wheelchair accessible.

About the Musician
New Hampshire-born pianist Matthew Odell began his studies at the age of 10 and has since won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician.  He has been hailed as “excellent” by the New York Times and “brilliant . . . playing with total commitment and real abandon” by Gramophone.  In addition to performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York, Mr. Odell has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in Boston, Chicago, Miami, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Taipei, Taiwan, and Helsinki, Finland.  He has also performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, New York’s Focus! Festival, the La Gesse Festival in Toulouse, France, Nuits musicales and Concerts du cloître in Nice, France, and the Rohm International Music Festival in Kyoto, Japan.  Recent concerts include a solo recital of the music of Boulez and Carter in Baltimore, a tribute to Pierre Bernac and Francis Poulenc at Lincoln Center, and a European recital tour in Paris, London, and Spain.

A passionate advocate of the music of our time, Mr. Odell frequently premieres works written for him. He has performed contemporary repertoire with the New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM, Peabody Camerata, and the American Art Song Festival, a group he founded in 2004.  He has worked with many prominent composers, including Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, Mark Adamo, Michel Merlet, and Robert Aldridge. His debut album, Connections: The Piano Music of Olivier Messiaen and his Students was recently released on Albany Records, and his recording with flutist Leslie Stroud of the flute and piano sonatas of Gary Schocker is being released on Centaur Records this year.

Mr. Odell’s special love of the art song repertoire has resulted in many recitals with singers from around the world, including the British bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk and members of the Metropolitan Opera.   For five years he served on the coaching faculty of the Académie internationale d’été in Nice, France, and he has performed in the Marilyn Horne Foundations’s festival The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall.  At Lincoln Center he has presented a tribute to baritone Pierre Bernac as well as the complete songs of Barber and Duparc.  He is a founding member of The Hampton Trio and Acacia and has collaborated with a wide array of musicians, including clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Peter Hill.

Mr. Odell currently teaches at The Juilliard School and frequently presents master classes, workshops, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the U.S and Europe.   In May 2010 he graduated with a doctoral degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, and Brian Zeger.  He studied further with Marian Hahn at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, graduating Pi Kappa Lambda with both a master of music degree and a graduate performance diploma in piano performance and with Laurence Morton at Bob Jones University.  He also worked with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and with Ann Schein at the Aspen Music School.


About the House Concerts
Our House Concerts are fundraising events, to help defray such annual expenses as replacing slate tiles on the roof, insuring the pianos, etc. Admission to the concerts is by freewill donation. Any amount is most welcome, and all donations to our 501(c)(3) organization, Historical Piano Concerts, Inc., are fully tax-deductible, and will be acknowledged in writing for your tax records.

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