Music at Memorial - Fall 2007

Robert Silverman (piano)

14 September 2007 :: 8pm :: D F Cook Recital Hall

Robert SilvermanIn a world that sees wunderkinds of the piano come and go, Robert Silverman has reached a level of musical and technical authority that can only be accomplished after years of deep commitment to the instrument and its vast literature. Many aspects of Silverman’s playing are frequently noted: a polished technique, an extraordinary range of tonal palette, an uncanny ability to sing his way into the heart of a phrase, and his probing interpretation of the most complex works in the repertoire.

The distinguished pianist has performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Under the batons of such renowned conductors as Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, Gerard Schwarz, Neeme Järvi, Sergiu Comissiona, Zdenek Macal, and the late Kiril Kondrashin, he has performed with orchestras on three continents, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, and every major orchestra in Canada.

Robert Silverman's discography includes 25 CDs and a dozen LPs. His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest, while his widely-acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award.

In 1998 Robert Silverman was named the first winner of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry, administered by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation, in recognition of "his high level of artistry, his moving interpretations of a wide range of music... and his commitment and contribution to music in Canada."

Following upon his recent eight-concert series of all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas, Robert Silverman embarked upon a four-concert series encompassing the complete sonatas of Mozart to commemorate the composer's 250 birthday in 2006. Venues for the cycle included San Francisco, Winnipeg, and Vancouver.

Robert Silverman resides in Vancouver where he was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for thirty years, served a 5-year term as
Director of the School of Music in the 1990s, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004. He now devotes himself full-time to concertizing and recording. He is frequently heard on the CBC network, he plays Steinway pianos, and records for EMI, Stereophile, Marquis Classics, OrpheumMasters
and CBC Records. He has recently been appointed Artist-in-Residence at The Koffler Centre of the Arts School of Music in Toronto. He also lectures on piano music for the Holland-America and Celebrity Cruise lines.

Robert enjoys a huge following on the internet, where the generous selection of his recordings ( has been heard by well over 30,000 listeners.

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