David Kaplan
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The UQ School of Music is delighted to present internationally acclaimed piano soloist David Kaplan, currently Lecturer in Piano at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Each of the two works in this program presents a battle of musical ideas. 

Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze (Dances of the League of David), is a freewheeling suite of contrasting piano miniatures, celebrating a half-real, half-imagined group of friends who defend beauty and poetry in the face of philistinism. Two hundred years later, the American composer-pianist Timo Andres has written "How Can I Live in Your World of Ideas?" which begins innocently with a funky blues riff, but bursts at the seams with interjections of unrelated material that is by turns quasi-romantic, pointillistic, and violent. 

About the performer

David Kaplan, pianist, has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. He has appeared at London’s Barbican Centre, at Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman, and worked with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent recital appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, National Gallery, Music on Main in Vancouver and Strathmore’s Music at the Mansion in Baltimore. An avid concerto soloist who often conducts from the keyboard, he recently performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Johnstown Symphony and James Blachly, De Falla Harpsichord Concerto at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA, and two-piano concertos by Timo Andres (Steady Hand) and John Adams (Grand Pianola Music) with the Britten Sinfonia.



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