American Pianist Debuts in South America:
Teresa Walters Ranks as One of the World's Most Important Pianists
Sao Paulo, Brazil:
Journal de Piracicaba
Teresa Walters, the North-American artist described by Austrian National Television as “one of the world’s most important pianists”, stars in a solo recital today, at 8 pm in Brazil’s Teatro Unimep Taquaral. Sponsored by the SÉRIE INTERNACIONAL DE CONCERTOS Walters’ concert is scheduled as the Grand Finale in honor of the International Day of Women. This exceptional program features works of Franz Liszt. Widely considered to be one of the great international interpreters of the composer, Teresa Walters will perform both secular and sacred works of Liszt, including the Sonnets of Petrarca, Romance, Prelude and Canticle of the Sun of St. Francis of Assisi, the Hymn of Morning, Hymn of Night, and Hymn of the Pope.
This will represent the South American debut of the internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, whose season began with a concert tour of India, where she was featured soloist in Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concert with the Bombay Orchestra at the National Center for the Performing Arts and also with the New Delhi Symphony. Other international tours this season include performances in Italy and in Bucharest as soloist with the Romanian Philharmonic.
Born in the American Midwest, daughter of farmers, Tereza began to play piano at the tender age of 4 years. Before a piano existed in her home, she began to play “by ear” on her grandparents’ piano the melodies she heard performed on the radio. From the first time she touched the piano, her astonishing natural gifts prophesied a glittering international career that today embraces the capitals of the world. Her musical education includes the Paris Conservatoire and Peabody Conservatory, where she received her Doctor of Music degree.
Recognized for her virtuosity, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center in New York, at the Grand Theatre in Moscow, all to the highest praise of the musical world. Considered to be one of the world’s greatest interpreters of the music of Franz Liszt, Teresa Walters recently became the first American pianist invited to perform three prestigious European recitals to commemorate the birthday of Liszt.
Teresa Walters is recording a series of releases featuring the sacred piano music of Liszt. The latest CD in the series has received a nomination for the Grand Prix du Disque. The New York Times writes with high praise for her performances: “There was much to admire. The crashing octave runs were all right on the mark. Not a note was smudged in the pages of intricate passagework and her conception had all the requisite sweep, power, and warm sonority.” The New York Concert Review reported: “This highly gifted Lisztian takes the music farther technically and spiritually. Her transcendental performance magically transforms the keyboard. She has a huge, rolling sound and makes music like an eagle surveying the landscape.”
On March ll, the American pianist will give a MasterClass to students from the University of Sao Paulo and laureates of the Maestro Ernst Mahle Conservatory of Music.
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