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Daesik Cha

Daesik Cha, piano

Daesik Cha, a native of South Korea, has been establishing himself as a ‘renaissance’ musician, whose professional work encompasses concertizing, directing, teaching, and music scholarship.

He has appeared as a pianist in several prominent concerts across continents. In US, he was featured as a chamber music player with the Irving Fine Society at Harvard’s Sanders Theater, and celebrated as a soloist the Franz Liszt bicentennial at Brandeis University. In addition, he has been invited several times as a musical artist to the Covington Art Club in KY, giving lectures and recitals. Recently he performed chamber music at one of MIT ‘s Emerson recitals, and gave a benefit recital on four pianos from different periods for the Frederick Historical Piano Study Center. His organ/piano recital at the Historical Shirley Meeting House was shown on a local TV channel. As well as numerous concerts in his native Korea, he performed several recitals as a guest pianist at the 2007 Lucca Opera Festival in Italy, and in 2000 he was honored to give a solo recital at the Bechstein hall in the master musician series of Bilthoven, Holland. Earlier in his career he had an opportunity to give a concert tour in Europe with the Dutch tenor Wil van Leysen.

Lately he finished his PhD dissertation on the topic of “Transformation of the Keyboard Fantasia in the Classical Period (1780–1800).” His scholarly interests include the German instrumental aesthetics and literature of the Classical and Romantic eras, and Renaissance vocal polyphony. He taught at Brandeis University as a teaching fellow, and is currently teaching and working as a music instructor and staff pianist at MIT. He also has numerous private piano pupils in the Boston area.

He holds a PhD degree in musicology from Brandeis University and two Master degrees in music history and literature, and in piano performance.  We welcome Daesik to his first performance on our series.