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Contemporary music for solo piano performance at Manchester

PIANO:The Manchester University Department of Music presents a solo piano recital by guest artist Martin Jones at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Wine Recital Hall. Provided photo

By Anne Gregory

 

The Manchester University Department of Music presents a solo piano recital by guest artist Martin Jones at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Wine Recital Hall.

It is free and open to the public.

“An Evening of Contemporary Music for Solo Piano” will include works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Jonathan Newmark, Robert Fleisher, Harry Bulow, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, William Neil, Bruce Mahin, Franz Reizenstein and Tim Reed, Manchester’s Music Department chair.

Jones is one of Britain’s most highly regarded solo pianists after coming into international attention in 1968 when he received the Dame Myra Hess Award. Since then, he has performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall and Carnegie Hall and has been in demand for recitals and concerto performances on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jones has performed as concerto soloist with many of the leading British orchestras, as well as in the United States and Russia. He toured in Canada as a soloist with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra.

A prolific recording artist, he has recorded many discs for Nimbus Records, including complete works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Debussy, Grainger, Stravinsky and Szymanowski.

He recently recorded several Spanish piano masters, with Volume 2 of the series receiving the 2000 Classical Indie Award from the Association for Independent Music.

Some of his most recent releases include Gershwin transcriptions by Earl Wild, major piano works by Hans Gal and the complete piano works of Rafael Guastavino, Ernesto Halffter and Joaquin Nin. He is currently recording Carl Czerny’s sonatas.

Anne Gregory is the assistant director of media relations in the Office of Strategic Communications at Manchester University. Jennifer Wagner, a student assistant in the Office of Strategic Communications, assisted with this story.