Join internationally acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt in a master class on May 1 with four talented Harvard students: Emily Brother '19, Ariana Chiu '22, Evelyn Mo '20 and Amir Siraj '21. This Learning from Performers event is free and open to the public.
Hewitt will also perform a free concert of her acclaimed Bach Odyssey, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at Paine Concert Hall. The concert is free, but tickets are required and available April 16 at Harvard Box Office.
One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and as soloist with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. Her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.
Born in 1958 into a musical family (the daughter of the Cathedral organist and choirmaster in Ottawa, Canada), Angela Hewitt began her piano studies age 3, performed in public at 4 and a year later won her first scholarship. In her formative years, she also studied classical ballet, violin and recorder. From 1963-73, she studied at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music with Earle Moss and Myrtle Guerrero, after which she completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Ottawa in the class of French pianist Jean-Paul Sévilla, graduating at the age of 18. She was a prizewinner in numerous piano competitions in Europe, Canada, and the USA, but it was her triumph in the 1985 Toronto International Bach Piano Competition, held in memory of Glenn Gould, that truly launched her international career.
Hewitt’s award-winning cycle for Hyperion Records of all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday Times). Begun in 1994, it culminated with her much-awaited recording of Bach’s Art of Fugue in 2014 which immediately hit the charts in the UK and USA. Her extensive discography also includes solo recordings of Scarlatti, Handel, Couperin, Rameau, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Fauré, Debussy, Chabrier, Ravel, Granados and Messiaen. She has won four Juno Awards, including one for her album of Mozart Concertos with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.
The Bach Odyssey is Hewitt's series of 12 recitals between 2016 and 2020. The Harvard master class is part of the pre-festival programming for ARTS FIRST (May 2-5).
Our student performers:
Emily Brother '19, who is concentrating in music, spent the last year researching and studying Preludes, Op.28 by Frédéric Chopin with Ben Kim and Heng-Jin Park in preparation for her senior thesis lecture-recital in the Harvard Music Department. Since coming to Harvard, Emily has studied chamber music and played with various student music ensembles including the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, River Charles Ensemble, Harvard College Opera, Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s TEATRO!, and during the Brattle Street Chamber Players premiere In Passage with the Harvard Ballet Company. Program: Chopin Preludes No.11 in B major and No.6 in B minor
Ariana Chiu '22, who is concentrating in economics, has appeared on NPR's From the Top and won second prize in the Thousand Island International Piano Competition. Ariana soloed with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra as winner of their young artist concerto competitions. She also loves chamber music and previously studyied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during summers at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and most recently with the Parker Quartet at Harvard. Program: Bach's Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 893
Evelyn Mo '20 is concentrating in economics and statistics, and is a National YoungArts Winner and a full scholarship recipient from the Chopin Foundation of the United States. She has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Department of State. She has also been featured on WQXR's Piano Prodigies and NPR's From the Top. At Harvard, Evelyn has been actively involved in chamber music performance and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Program: Bach’s Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Amir Siraj '21 is a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a Steinway Young Artist and a Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholar Alumnus. Amir performed at the Grammy Salute to Classical Music at Carnegie Hall and made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in March 2018. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in May 2018. He is concentrating in astrophysics at Harvard, and studies piano performance with Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory. Program: Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-flat major, K. 570