CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 13, 2007 — The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music will present a piano recital, featuring guest artist Dr. Theodore Edel at 7:30 p.m. March 28 in Brandt Music Hall on campus.
Pianist Theodore Edel’s tours in the United States, Europe and the Far East as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras have brought him much critical applause. Describing his Liszt Years of Pilgrimage, the New York Times said, “Mr. Edel has the heroic technique these works demand. His interpretations were passionate, yet tempered by intellect, and he made the music convincing.” The Washington Post called him a “superb lyricist” and found his performances “filled with drama”.
A native of New York City, Theodore Edel holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jacob Lateiner.
He earned his doctorate and the Harold Bauer Award at the Manhattan School of Music under Constance Keene. A Fulbright Grant sent him to Rome for a year, during which he presented concerts throughout Italy and played before the Italian Parliament. At his London debut in Wigmore Hall, the Daily Telegraph called him “clearly one of a new breed of serious artists.” His subsequent New York debut was launched by an Artists International Management Award at Carnegie Recital Hall.
Edel has performed throughout the United States on recital series, in radio broadcasts and as a concerto soloist with orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony. As a professor of piano at the University of Illinois at Chicago (now professor emeritus), he has been particularly active in the Midwest, appearing often in chamber music concerts with members of the Chicago Symphony. His all-Liszt CD was released on the Cadenza label.
In recent seasons, Edel has given solo recitals in Israel, Austria, Hungary, Korea, Taiwan and Russia, and Germany. For the past two summers he has played in the Dordogne region of France. He also is an author. His book, Piano Music for One Hand (Indiana University Press), was the first study of its kind, and he is often invited to perform and discuss music for the left hand alone.
Edel has given master classes at the major conservatories of Israel, Russia, Taiwan, Austria and at dozens of American universities. In the Chicago-area competitions, his students have been frequent first-prize winners.
The March 28th concert at Southeast Missouri State University will feature two “Impromptus” by Schubert, the “Symphonic Etudes of Schumann,” and the first three Chopin “Scherzos.” Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265. Senior and student discounts are available for advanced sales only.