• By Walkertown Branch Library
  • Posted Sunday, September 28, 2014

Free Piano Concert in Walkertown

Canadian pianist, Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi, whose playing has been lauded as “brilliant” (New Music Connoisseur), “persuasive” (Sequenza21), and “beautiful” (American Record Guide), will present a solo piano program, "Variations" at the Walkertown Branch Library on October 4 pm, 1-2 pm. Free admission. The concert will feature Johannes Brahms' monumental "Handel Variations," Georg Frideric Handel's popular, "Harmonious Blacksmith" Variations and a new work by North Carolina composer, Betty Wishart, "Variations on a Folk Melody."


Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 1 pm

Walkertown Branch Library

2969 Main St. Walkertown, NC 27051

Call (336) 703-2990 for more information.

Click here for driving directions.


BIOGRAPHY:

Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi is a Canadian-born pianist whose playing has been lauded as “brilliant” (New Music Connoisseur), “persuasive” (Sequenza21), and “beautiful” (American Record Guide). Her repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance era through the present, clearly affirms her keen interest in new music, which has led her to commission and premiere many new solo and collaborative works—music that has been featured on live radio broadcasts and released by Albany Records and Ravello Records’ Capstone Collection including music by Phillip Schroeder (Music for Piano and Songs of My Affinities) and David Lefkowitz (Music of Contradictions), as well as various recordings for the Society of Composers Inc. Performers Recording Series including the inaugural disc, mélange: New Music for Piano and its successors, Sonance: New Music for Piano and Chroma: New Music for Piano. Astolfi's latest recording, “Here (and there)” (Innova Recordings Label) features music for piano and electronics that were written for her. Astolfi is the soloist for the Wisconsin Soundscapes commissioning and touring project (sponsored by the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers and the Wisconsin Arts Board) and a founding member, with Holly Roadfeldt, of the duoARtia piano duo.

The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Astolfi's passion for new music has been recognized by invitations to many regional, national, and international music forums, where she has premiered and lectured on new piano music. Astolfi also frequently serves as a piano clinician, coach, and master class instructor. She is an active member in various local, state, and national music associations, and serves on the governing board of PianoArts (a North American piano competition, festival, and fellowship organization). Her advanced studies in piano performance were with pianists Helmut Brauss (University of Alberta), Tom Plaunt (McGill University), and Lydia Artymiw (University of Minnesota), with whom she completed doctoral studies. Astolfi is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Piedmont College.

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