FRANK PAVESE is originally from Ramsey, New Jersey. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan and the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he is a faculty member. He credits his studies with Bulgarian pianist Elka Gurova Kirkpatrick as having had the greatest influence upon him. His professional debut was at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. The New York Times described him as a pianist with "Energy and Commitment" and called his playing "persuasive and especially sonorous." He first came to the attention of the European musical world after acclaimed concerts at London's Wigmore Hall and the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. The press and public followed his career with great interest as he gave his Viennese debut in the Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein in 1990 and toured Hungary. The following years have included return engagements to Vienna, a third tour of Hungary presented by the National Philharmonic, tours of France and Poland and appearances on Hungarian State Radio and Polish National Television. Orchestral appearances have included a tour of Poland where he performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Olsztyn Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Piotr Borkowski. As founder and director of the Hindemithon festival at WPUNJ, celebrating the life and works of composer Paul Hindemith, Pavese received high critical acclaim for his performance of Ludus Tonalis. Classical New Jersey wrote- "Pavese played the enormous work with an ease which was in itself awesome, given the obvious difficulties of the music. Because the composer wrote fugue subjects which were easily identified through their contours and character, the pianist went for the music and not the didacticism, understanding well that there was no need to underline the obvious. Technical and musical difficulties abound in the course of the hour, and Pavese met them all with a full understanding of the score and what Hindemith had set out to accomplish. It was one of the most impressive solo piano performances of a single work I have heard in a long time."


Performance Excerpt

  Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

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