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NewsWorld-Renowned Musicians to Honor Marlboro College Professor Luis Batlle’s 75th Birthday

Rising star pianist Jonathan Biss and world-renowned violinist Miriam Fried perform with Marlboro College Professor of Music Luis Batlle in tribute to Batlle’s 75th birthday. They will perform Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor and Divertissement á l’Hongroise and Schumann’s Sonata in D Minor on Sunday, April 10, at 3:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

This exceptional tribute grew out of a thirty year friendship between Luis Battle and Miriam Fried and husband violist/violinist Paul Biss.  Hearing their son Jonathan practice Divertissement á l’Hongroise with Batlle during a Marlboro Music Festival rehearsal, the musical couple insisted that the two perform the piece to honor Batlle’s 75th birthday.

Over the past four years, 24-year-old Jonathan Biss has performed with nearly all major United States orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. His debut CD of Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 was recently released in April of 2004. Biss attended Indiana University and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is the first and only American chosen to participate in the BBC’s New Generation Artist program, and is the recipient of many other awards, including artist-in-residence on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Miriam Fried is “one of the great violinists of this age,” says Josef Gingold, distinguished professor of music at Indiana University. She has performed with almost every major orchestra in the United States and Europe including principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York as well as the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony. Fried’s most recent CD is of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas, released in 1999. After leaving Israel as the protégée of Isaac Stern, Fried studied at Julliard under Ivan Galamian and at Indiana University with Gingold.

Esteemed pianist Batlle has mentored several outstanding performers including Peter Serkin, Cecile Licad, Peter Orth and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. In 1978, Batlle became the co-director of Rudolf Serkin’s Institute for Young Performing Musicians. He performed in March of 1985 at the inauguration of Uruguay’s first democratically elected president since the military coup of 1973. Batlle has also performed all 32 Beethoven sonatas in a series of eight concerts during Marlboro College’s 40th anniversary. Batlle earned his M.A. from Kolischer Conservatory and attended the State University of Uruguay for undergraduate studies in science and humanities, where he is now a professor ad honorum.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.


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