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20 October 2016, 7.30pm
at The Salon Melbourne Recital Centre

Venue details:
The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne

Praised by The New York Times for her ‘penetrating musical intelligence’, internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Sarah Grunstein performs Bach’s iconic work, the Goldberg Variations. Reviews have likened her performances to those of Dame Myra Hess, Harold Samuel, and Wanda Landowska. She is fervent about historic pianos and Bach improvisation. Sarah's performance of the Goldberg Variations has led to her being acclaimed as the ‘shining light’ among the Bach pianists of the generation following Glenn Gould.

About the musician

Sydney-born Sarah Grunstein has performed in the United States, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and her homeland.

Early in her career, in celebration of the Bach Tercentenary she performed Bach’s complete "Well-Tempered Clavier" in London’s Purcell Room, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House, her all-Bach recital in London leading to an invitation to perform at Kensington Palace before His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. More recently her performance of the Goldberg Variations led to her being acclaimed as the “shining light” among the Bach pianists of the generation following Glenn Gould.

A winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award for Young Australians, Sarah Grunstein’s performances have been recorded by La Civica Scuola in Milan, WQXR New York, 2MBS-FM, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has performed as concerto soloist with the Monteverdi Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Musicians, the Victorian State Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As soloist and chamber musician, her repertoire spans from the music of J.S. Bach to Australian, American, and European contemporary chamber works. She is fervent about historic pianos and Bach improvisation.

A sought-after pianist and pedagogue inspired by historical performance interpretations, Sarah Grunstein has presented master-classes and seminars on modern and historic pianos in the United States including the New England Conservatory and the Frederick Historic Piano Collection, Durham University in the United Kingdom, the Norwegian Academy of Music, the universities throughout Australia, and at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, as Artist-in Residence. She has adjudicated for composer awards and major piano competitions in the United States.

Sarah Grunstein trained at The Juilliard School where she earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and held a four-year Teaching Fellowship. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

She has taught at The Juilliard School as Teaching Fellow, the Manhattan School of Music, Fordham University, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts, the College of the Holy Cross, the City University of New York, and has created Historic Piano Chamber Festivals at the Frederick Piano Collection.

Passionate about engaging in conversations with audiences, Sarah Grunstein recently presented her new Paddington Salon Series in Sydney and presented workshops on Bach interpretation at the universities throughout Australia. In 2016 she will perform the Goldberg Variations at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Sydney Opera House.


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Presented by Australian Bach Society & Australian Friends of Tel-Aviv University (Vic)

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