International Virtuoso Performs
Texas Herald Democrat
Community Series, Inc. will present the internationally-acclaimed concert pianist, Teresa Walters, in recital at 7:30 pm Saturday in Wynne Chapel on the Austin College Campus. A veteran of the world’s greatest concert stages, Walters has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Great Hall of Moscow. Recent international tours have included France, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Austalia, Japan and Israel where the Jerusalem Post described her artistry as “Marvelous! As close to perfect as I hope to hear.”
Walters’ recital here is part of an intense international schedule this season that includes performances throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. She began this concert season with a debut tour of India, which included performances of the Beethoven Fifth Piano Concerto with the New Delhi Symphony and with the Bombay Orchestra at the National Center for the Performing Arts.
Walters recently became the first American pianist invited to perform three prestigious European recitals honoring the anniversary of composer Franz Liszt’s birthday, including a performance at the famous Esterhazy Palace in Austria under the patronage of the present governing Prince Anton Esterhazy. At the composer’s birthplace in Raiding, Walters’ concert was televised by Austrian National Television who described her as “One of the world’s most significant pianists.” Her performances received standing ovations and generated the highest tribute given by European audiences, the rhythmic clap.
The pianist’s award-winning recordings will be available at the performance. Her new CD has been nominated for the Grand Prix du Disque. In its recent review of Walters’ new CD, the Budapest Sun wrote: “Teresa Walters takes the keyboard into orbit”. The American Record Guide announced: “Her competition is virtually nil.” Describing her virtuosity, The New York Times wrote: “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 has all the requisite sweep, power, and warm sonority.” 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.”
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