ELLSWORTH — American pianist John Blacklow, praised for his “powerful and eloquent” playing by The New York Times, will perform a free concert at 1 p.m. Monday, April 12, via Zoom through the Ellsworth Community Music Institute. The Boston-born musician is considered unusually versatile having collaborated with many prestigious ensembles and recital partners around the world and as an interpreter of repertoire both past and current. He currently is professor of piano at the University of Notre Dame.
In the pre-recorded concert, Blacklow will perform works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff. The pianist has performed on many of the world’s most renowned concert stages from Vienna’s Musikverein and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall’s “Distinctive Debuts” series and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Recent seasons also have included performances in Athens, Brussels, Paris, Venice, Zurich, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei.
Blacklow has played many times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Pierre Boulez, and for the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as with the L.A. Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society, in the orchestra’s “Minimalist Jukebox” festival and on the Green Umbrella New Music Series.
A Steinway artist, Blacklow studied with Tatiana Yampolsky, graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School. He studied as well with Leonard Shure and Bella Davidovich. He has recorded for Universal Music Ltd., Bridge, Albany and DG/iTunes. He also serves on ECMI’s Advisory Board.
For those wishing to attend the virtual concert, which is the second-to-last performance in the Midday Concert series, ECMI will post the link on its Facebook page and website or provide it via email.
For more information, call 664-9258 or email [email protected]