Lee University is pleased to welcome pianist Fabio Bidini back to campus for the second installment of the Presidential Concert Series. Bidini will return with the Los Angeles Piano Trio on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall for what promises to be an outstanding concert, said officials.
The evening’s performance will feature Mozart’s “Allegro” and “Andante grazioso;” Beethoven’s “Allegro vivace e con brio;” and Chausson’s “Pas trop lent” and “Vite.”
Mr. Bidini captured his audience in a solo performance in the Presidential Concert Series as a young artist 20 years ago. One of the most popular pianists ever to play in Cleveland, Mr. Bidini “brings Italian bravissimo to every performance,” according to a recent review. He is joined this time by two other highly acclaimed performers, violinist Margaret Batjer and cellist Andrew Shulman, making up the Los Angeles Piano Trio. Reviewers describe their music as “dazzling,” “electrifying,” and “impassioned.”
Mr. Bidini, who plays with “the rigor of a poet and the flair of a magician” (Los Angeles Times), is considered among the world’s leading concert pianists and pedagogues. Also in demand as a chamber music partner, he has enjoyed artistic collaborations with many artists, including the American String Quartet, the Janacek Quartet, and the Brodsky Quartet.
Ms. Batjer is lauded for her “gleaming warmth” (Los Angeles Times) and ability to make “her instrument purr and soar…with an engrossing combination of intensity and technical fluency” (San Francisco Classical Voice). She made her solo debut at age 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has served as concertmaster of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and appeared with various orchestras around the world.
Mr. Shulman draws praise for his “fastidious poetry of phrase and technique” (The Times, London) and “nuanced and impassioned” performances (Salt Lake Tribune). Appointed Principal Cello of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2008, the London-born musician served as Principal Cello of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. His extensive solo career includes performing the major cello concertos with such leading orchestras as Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony.
Concert tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available for purchase at eventbrite.com/o/lee-university-school-of-music- or at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center, 614-8343, beginning Sept. 28, between 3-6 p.m.
Lee University remains dedicated to the health and safety of both the campus community and guests and will observe COVID-19 protocols based on CDC recommendations at the time of the performance. Currently, masks are required when indoors on Lee’s campus.
For more information about the Los Angeles Piano Trio, visit losangelespianotrio.com/.
For more information about the Presidential Concert Series, visit leeuniversity.edu/pcs/ or call the School of Music at 614-8240.