Concert Pianist Teresa Walters Performs April 18
Illinois News & Events
By Ted Slowik
“Distinguished concert pianist Teresa Walters performs a program of classical music favorites at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in the acoustically perfect Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Avenue.
Walters is noted for her commitment to music as the ultimate universal language and for her vision of music as ministry. In addition to maintaining an extensive international touring schedule, she has recorded a series of releases for Archangelus Records featuring the sacred piano works of Liszt. She is the first American pianist invited by Hungary to present the Anniversary Concert in honor of Liszt’s birthday.
Hailed as “The International First Lady of Piano,” Walters is described by Austrian National Television as “that rare musical phenomenon” and “one of the world’s most significant pianists.” The New York Times said of Walters’ performance: “Not a note was smudged in the pages of intricate passagework, and her conception had all the requisite sweep, power and warm sonority.”
In recent years, she has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist throughout the United States and on six continents at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, Moscow’s Great Hall, Australia’s International Conservatorium and Jerusalem’s Concert Hall.
With her vast repertoire, she has also performed at Vienna’s Beethoven Festival and at Spanish Music festivals in Barcelona and Madrid. Prestigious invitations to perform at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and the Liszt Museum in Budapest as well as at Liszt’s Birthplace in Raiding and at Esterhazy Palace under the patronage of Prince Anton Esterhazy attest to her growing reputation as one of the finest interpreters of Liszt performing and recording today.
Walters by age 7 was playing piano in the Dutch Reformed Church her family attended. She holds a doctorate from Peabody Conservatory and lives in the New York City area with her husband.”
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