Alex Solomon, piano

Alex Solomon gave a wonderful piano recital at my house yesterday. It was a smaller audience than usual, but there were just enough people to fill almost every chair. Alex was one of the first musicians to perform at the little informal recital series that I run, and it really was a pleasure to host him again. He's since finished law school and is currently clerking in Boston. Event Photos -> [see some photos]

Bio: Alexander Solomon, pianist, earned a master's and performance diploma at Yale School of Music and is working towards a doctorate at the Peabody Conservatory under pianist and pedagogue Leon Fleisher. Mr. Solomon graduated cum laude in biology from Yale College. His past instructors have included Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, Boris Berman, and Olegna Fuschi.

Among Mr. Solomon's achievements are first place in the William Waite Concerto Competition and the Bergen County Philharmonic Concerto Competition, second place in the National Federation of Music Clubs National Competition, third place in the Kingsville International Music Competition, and finalist in the Concert Artist Guild Audition and Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition. At Juilliard Pre-College Division, Mr. Solomon was recognized as one of six outstanding graduates, and at Yale was the recipient of the New Prize for exemplary representation of Jonathan Edwards College. A frequent performer, Mr. Solomon has appeared in the New York area and elsewhere in the United States. Highlights of overseas performances include an appearance with the Ibiza National Orchestra and a recital at the Chopin house in Valdemosa, Spain. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Solomon has participated in the Taos, Verbier, Norfolk, Ravinia, and Sarasota summer music festivals.

The program:

Mozart, Sonata in a minor, K. 310
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante cantabile con espressione
3. Presto

Beethoven, Sonata in Ab major, Op. 110
1. Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio ma non troppo

-- INTERMISSION --

Chopin Ballade No. 3 in Ab major, Op. 47
Chopin Ballade No. 4 in f minor, Op. 52

Brahms, Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

[see a list of prior recitals]