Pianist Tanya Gabrielian to Perform at UM

January 14, 2016

Renowned pianist Tanya Gabrielian

MISSOULA – World-renowned pianist Tanya Gabrielian will visit Missoula Jan. 22-24 to teach and perform at the University of Montana as part of the Celebrate Piano Series.

Gabrielian will present a free public masterclass from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and a public concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Music Recital Hall. The concert will be preceded by a “Conversation with Tanya” at 2 p.m.

 “When Tanya first came to my attention, I was floored by her technical prowess and musical sensitivities,” said UM music Professor Steven Hesla, coordinator of UM’s Celebrate Piano Series. “We’re thrilled that this gracious young artist is performing in Missoula.”

She was hailed by the London Times as a “pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” and a review by the Washington Post said “the Herculean keyboard demands were met with a strikingly poised nobility and commanding presence.”

Gabrielian has performed in acclaimed venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Sydney Opera House; Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London; and the Salle Cortot in Paris. She has performed with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New London Sinfonia and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets to the UM concert cost $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors or $10 for students and are available online at http://www.umt.edu/griztix/ or by calling the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581.

Gabrielian also will make an hourlong live statewide radio appearance from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, on Morning Classics with Michael Marsolek on Montana Public Radio.

 UM’s Celebrate Piano Series concerts benefit the UM School of Music’s Keyboard Fund. Gabrielian’s performance is the fourth concert in the five-part series. Piano duo Lomazov and Rackers will cap off the series with a concert in April. 

For more information on Gabrielian, visit http://www.tanyagabrielian.com. For more information on her Missoula visit, call Hesla at 406-243-6055 or email steven.hesla@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Lucy Beighle, UM Celebrate Piano Series publicity coordinator, 406-239-3193, lucy.beighle@umontana.edu.