Renowned Italian pianist, recording artist and conductor Michele Campanella will be a guest of the Division of Music in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts for a mini-residency March 31-April 4, 2014.
Campanella will give a master class for SMU pianists selected by the faculty noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The master class is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, April 3 he will present a free public recital at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. The all-Liszt program will feature ultra-virtuoso transcriptions and paraphrases from the operas of Verdi and Wagner, including the “Danza sacra” from Aida, a Rigoletto paraphrase, “Liebestod” from Tristan and Isolde and the “Overture” from Tannhäuser.
Internationally acclaimed as a major virtuoso interpreter of Liszt, Campanella is a three-time winner of the Grand Prix du Disque awarded by the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest (1976, 1977 and 1998), the latter for his recording Franz Liszt-The Great Transcriptions, I-II on the Philips label. He was awarded the “Liszt High Merit” medal by the Hungarian government in 1986 and the American Liszt Society Medal in 2002.
Trained at the Vincenzo Vitale School in Naples, Campanella has interpreted composers as diverse as Clementi, Weber, Poulenc, Busoni, Rossini, Brahms and Ravel. He has recently recorded an anthology of Liszt paraphrases, 12 Transcendental Studies, and a selection of works from Liszt’s late period played on Liszt’s own original Bechstein piano. The latter is the first chapter of a 12-CD series dedicated to Liszt that will be released under the Brilliant label.
Campanella’s discography includes recordings for EMI (Ravel), Philips (Liszt, Saint-Saëns), Foné (Chopin), PYE (Liszt, Tchaikovsky), Fonit Cetra (Busoni; the recordings won the 1980 Italian Discographic Critics Award), Nuova Era (Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Balakirev), Musikstrasse (Rossini), P&P (Brahms, Liszt, Scarlatti) and Niccolò (Schumann). In 2005, the Rossini Opera Festival published a recording of the Petite Messe Solennelle in Pesaro, conducted by Campanella.
For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).