Jeffrey Biegel http://wrti.org en The Unassuming Virtuoso: Pianist Jeffrey Biegel http://wrti.org/post/unassuming-virtuoso-pianist-jeffrey-biegel <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's just something about pianist Jeffrey Biegel that strikes you as, well, different. &nbsp;A virtuoso among those of the highest caliber, he's also incredibly modest and unassuming. &nbsp;In some ways, just the guy next door. &nbsp;You'd never know you were in the company of greatness...until he starts playing. &nbsp;<em>Then</em> you know just who and what you're dealing with.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of Steinway and Sons' first recording artists, Mr. </span>Biegel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has just released his third CD with the label, <em>A Grand Romance</em>. &nbsp;Listening to the CD takes you back to a time when virtuoso pianists would "romance" their audiences with something other than the most serious of works. &nbsp;It was a time when lighthearted sentiment, charm and technical prowess came together to woo the listener with pure entertainment.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Considered one of the great pianists of our time, Jeffrey </span>Biegel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger. His electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch have received critical acclaim and garner praise worldwide. Born a second-generation American, Mr. </span>Biegel's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> roots are of Russian and Austrian heritage. Until the age of three, Mr. </span>Biegel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. The 'reverse Beethoven' phenomenon can explain Mr. </span>Biegel's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> life in music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1985, Leonard Bernstein said of Mr. </span>Biegel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, "He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer." These comments helped to launch his 1986 New York recital debut, as the recipient of the coveted Juilliard William </span>Petschek<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Piano Debut Award, in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Alice Tully Hall. He has been heard in recital in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Cincinnati, London, Paris, Tokyo, Oslo, Mexico City, plus a multi-city tour of Norway.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeffrey </span>Biegel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was the unanimous recipient of the prestigious First Grand Prize in the 1989 Marguerite Long International Piano Competition and the First Prize in the 1985 William </span>Kapell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">/University of Maryland International Piano Competition. He studied at The Juilliard School with the legendary artist/teacher Adele Marcus. He made his New York orchestral debut performing </span>Prokofiev's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 'Concerto no. 2 in g minor' with the Juilliard </span>Philharmonia<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen for Jill's conversation with pianist Jeffrey Biegel, and music from his new Steinway and Sons' CD, <em>A Grand Romance</em>, on Crossover, Saturday morning at 11:30 on WRTI, with an encore the following Friday evening at 7 on HD-2 and the All-Classical web stream at wrti.org.</strong></p><p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 09:02:35 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 6073 at http://wrti.org The Unassuming Virtuoso: Pianist Jeffrey Biegel