Pianist Brian Ganz

“Chopin the Virtuoso”

Three Mazurkas
I. Op. 6, No. 1 in F-sharp minor
II. Op. 33, No. 4 in B minor
III. Op. 59, No. 2 in A-flat major

“Musical Gardening”
I. Polonaise in G-flat major, Op. Posth.
II. Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 (“Heroic”)

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

12 Etudes, Op. 25
1. A-flat major (“Aeolian Harp”)
2. F minor
3. F major
4. A minor
5. E minor
6. G-sharp minor
7. C-sharp minor
8. D-flat major
9. G-flat major (“Butterfly”)
10. B minor
11. A minor (“Winter Wind”)
12. C minor

Brian Ganz, a Columbia, Maryland favorite son, is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation.

A laureate of the Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud and the 1991 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competitions, Mr. Ganz has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Philharmonic (USA), the National Symphony (USA), the City of London Sinfonia, and the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the conductors he has performed with are Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Yoel Levi.

The Washington Post has written, “One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.” For many years Mr. Ganz has made it his mission to join vivid music-making with warmth and intimacy onstage to produce a new kind of listening experience, in which great works come to life with authentic emotional power. As one of Belgium’s leading newspapers, La Libre Belgique, put it, “We don’t have the words to speak of this fabulous musician, who lives music with a generous urgency and brings his public into a state of intense joy.”

In January 2011, Mr. Ganz began a multi-year project in partnership with the National Philharmonic in which he will perform the complete works of Fryderyk Chopin at the Music Center at Strathmore. After the inaugural recital, The Washington Post wrote, “Brian Ganz was masterly in his first installment of the complete works [of Chopin].” His February 2023 recital with cellist Carter Brey and violinist Laura Colgate, featuring the complete works of Chopin for piano and strings, marked the 12th of the series. The next recital, entitled “Chopin the Virtuoso,” featuring the 12 Etudes, Op. 25, will take place on February 24, 2024.

Mr. Ganz is on the piano faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence, and retired after 21 years on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. He is the artist-editor of the Schirmer Performance Edition of Chopin’s Preludes (2005). Pre-pandemic performance highlights include Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Alba Music Festival in Italy and with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore, Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 466 with the Annapolis Symphony, and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Billings Symphony (now viewable on YouTube). In September 2019, he made his debut as an actor and playwright at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, Freer and Sackler Galleries. The play imagined a dialogue between American artist James Whistler and a musician who explores the connections between Debussy’s music and the artist’s “10 O’clock Lecture.” Included in the play are portions of the lecture itself along with performances of the music of Debussy and composers under his influence. More recently, Mr. Ganz performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 488 with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra at the newly opened Capital One Hall in Northern Virginia. He will again join the orchestra there in April 2024 in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.