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Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:30
Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
The Music of Emile Naoumoff
Gregory Martin, piano; Ingrid Fischer-Bellman, cello; Tricia Bonner, violin; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano
Sponsored by a UIndy InQuery Grant
Solo Piano Pieces, Songs, and Chamber Music
Born in Bulgaria at the height of the Cold War, Emile Naoumoff was a child prodigy as pianist and composer in his native country before being taken under the wing of iconic pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris, who called the young prodigy “the gift of my old age”; within a year, she was comparing him to Plato and Stravinsky. This concert presents music from across Naoumoff’s extraordinary career, from that gifted childhood—his first concerto was premiered with the ten-year-old composer at the piano and Lord Yehudi Menuhin conducting—to a piece inspired by the sight of Notre Dame Cathedral in flames, demonstrating influences from Slavic folk-dance to Gabriel Fauré, whose “grand-student” he is. This performance doubles as an album release for a new collection of Naoumoff’s piano music on Toccata Classics.
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