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Albert Zak

Saturday
Apr 01, 2017
8:00 PM
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Overview

Join pianist Dr. Albert Zak for a fantastic program of works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Debussy.

 

Chopin

Polonaise in F# minor, Op. 44

Nocturne in G major, Op. 37, no. 2

Fantasy-Impromptu in C# minor, Op. 66

Tarantella in A flat major, Op. 43

Ballade in F minor, Op. 52

Rachmaninoff

Prelude, Op. 32, no. 10 in B minor

Prelude, Op. 23, no. 6 in E flat major

Prelude, Op. 23, no. 5 in G minor

Etude-Tableau, Op. 33, no. 2 in C major

Etude-Tableau, Op. 39, no. 1 in C minor

Debussy

Isle Joyeuse

 

Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Polish immigrant parents, Albert

Zak began to play the piano at age four and was, at the time, the youngest person

enrolled in the Royal Conservatory of music in Toronto. He attended public school

in Toronto and continued his education at the University of Toronto, where he

majored in French and Russian language and literature. However, his love for

music led him to concentrate on a career as a musician, and in 1972, upon

graduation from the University of Toronto, he entered the State College of Music

(now the Chopin Academy of Music) in Warsaw, Poland, where he studied with

Jan Ekier and Danuta Dworakowska. He graduated with first class honors in

1977,performing the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto with the Lubin

Philharmonic under the direction of Witold Krzemienski. Subsequently, he has

studied in Paris; Bydgoszcz, Poland; and New York. Other important teachers

have included Jerzy Godziszewski and Jerome Lowenthal.

 

Dr. Zak is a maverick who has followed his own unique path to finding

expression and meaning in life and art. As a native born citizen of Canada, Dr.

Zak never received assistance from the government of Canada for the pursuit of

his artistic vocation. Settling down in the USA assured survivability, but the slog

to artistic fruition was long and arduous. Today, as a proud and naturalized

American citizen, Dr. Zak is deeply grateful to have been afforded the opportunity

to realize his (once denied) artistic potential. His performance style has been

characterized as “truly artistic” by some of the world’s finest musicians.

Alicia de Larrocha called his 2001 debut recital at  Alice Tully Hall “very

interesting and . . . espectacular!” Presently, Dr. Zak holds a doctor of musical

arts degree from New York University.

Perelman Theater

Inside the Kimmel Center

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102