Faculty Artist Series to present a piano recital by Christopher Guzman

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State faculty member Christopher Guzman will present a piano recital titled "Music of Germany - Then and Now" as part of the Marian Garcia Piano Masterclass Competition and Teachers’ Workshop at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Esber Recital Hall. Admission is free.

For more information regarding the two-day workshop and masterclass competition, click here.


Lucy Escott Variations -- Hans Werner Henze                     

Six Little Piano Pieces, Op.19 -- Arnold Schoenberg           

Sonata in E-flat Major, “quasi una fantasia,” Op.27, No.1 -- Ludwig van Beethoven 

11 Humoresques (2006) -- Jörg Widmann

Am Grabe Richard Wagners -- Franz Liszt                            

Am stillen Herd (from Wagner’s Der Meistersinger) -- Franz Liszt

Guzman has entertained audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea, he has performed as soloist with many large ensembles, including the San Antonio Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony and The EOS Orchestra of New York City. He has performed concerti with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and in Spoleto, Italy, during the orchestra’s first summer residency at the 2003 Festival Dei Due Mondi. Guzman has appeared in recitals in such varied venues as Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall and Spoleto’s Teatro Caio Melisso.

An avid chamber musician, Guzman has performed in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, the Vancouver Recital Series and others. He performs regularly with sought-after soloists such as violinists Tai Murray and Stephan Jackiw, and trombonist Joe Alessi of the New York Philharmonic; his recital with violinist Ilya Gringolts on National Public Radio’s "Saint Paul Sunday" continues to be broadcast across the United States and online. Guzman also frequently collaborates with the Chameleon Chamber Players of Boston, recipients of the 2007 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

Of special interest to Guzman is music of our time. He has collaborated with one of the nation’s preeminent contemporary chamber ensembles, Speculum Musicae, and numerous times with the New Juilliard Ensemble, including tours of the United States and France. The New York Times hailed his “coiled, explosive playing” of works by Christopher Theofanidis and Joseph Pereira at New York’s Society for Ethical Culture in 2002. He is a member of Second Instrumental Unit, a provocative new music ensemble based in the Northeast and has participated in world premieres by such composers as Donald Martino, Bernd Franke and Paul Schoenfield.

A Texas native, Guzman began studying piano at age 9 and violoncello two years later. He has studied at the University of Texas at Austin, New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School.

Last Updated October 17, 2013