Gjestespill: Craig Sheppard (klaver)
Onsdag 14. september 2016
Craig Sheppard was born in Philadelphia in November, 1947. A graduate of both the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York, he studied with Eleanor Sokoloff and Sascha Gorodnitzki. He also worked with Rudolf Serkin and Pablo Casals at the Marlboro Festival, and later with Ilona Kabos, Peter Feuchtwanger and Sir Clifford Curzon in London.
Following his NY début at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in January, 1972, Sheppard won the Silver Medal at the 1972 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, moving to London shortly thereafter. During this period, he also won major prizes at the Busoni, Ciani and Rubinstein competitions. Over the next twenty years, he soloed with all the major British orchestras, in addition to many on both the European continent and the USA, under many of the great conductors of the day, including Sir Georg Solti, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Aaron Copland, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir John Pritchard, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kurt Sanderling. As collaborative artist, he performed with singers such as Victoria de los Angeles, Irina Arkhipova, José Carreras and Katia Riccarelli, as well as the violinists Ida Handel, Sylvia Rosenberg, Lydia Mordkovitch and Mayumi Fujikawa, and the Cleveland and Bartók String Quartets. During his years in the UK, Sheppard taught at Lancaster University and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in addition to giving masterclasses at the Yehudi Menuhin School and both Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Sheppard returned to the United State in 1993 to take up a position as Professor of Piano at the School of Music of the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1999, he gave his recital début at the Berlin Philharmonie to critical acclaim, performing Chopin’s 24 Préludes, Opus 28 and Bach’s Goldberg Variations. More recently, he has undertaken large-scale projects, all of which have been recorded live on Roméo records of New York, including Beethoven: A Journey (the 32 piano sonatas), both books of Bach’s The Well Tempered Clavier, The Last Three Sonatas of Schubert, the first two volumes of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage , Debussy’s 24 Préludes, 12 Études, Estampes and both books of Images, and the 24 Préludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, Opus 87. Sheppard continues his collaborative work with groups such as the Emerson Quartet, and artists of the younger generation including James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, Johannes Moser, Edward Arron, Richard O’Neill, and the Miró Quartet. Over the past twenty years, he has traveled frequently to the Far East, including China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, as well as Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, to give concerts and masterclasses. In December of 2015, he gave masterclasses at the Escuela Moderna de Musica in Santiago, Chile. In June, 2016, he gave two days of masterclasses and a performance of the 24 Préludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, Opus 87 at the Jerusalem Music Centre at the invitation of Murray Perahia. In March of 2017, he will begin a five-year visiting professorship at the China Conservatory in Beijing.
Sheppard’s students hold major positions in universities and music schools around the world, and he is invited frequently to sit on international juries. With his colleague, Dr. Robin McCabe, he is a co-founder of the highly successful Seattle Piano Institute, a ten-day intensive held every July at the University of Washington’s School of Music. For further details, please visit Sheppard’s website at www.craigsheppard.net .