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Sep 20, 2019 4:17 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Robin Giesbrecht Performs At Next Rising Stars Concert

Pianist Robin Giesbrecht performs at the Southampton Cultural Center on September 28. HARRISON LINSEY
Sep 22, 2019 12:05 PM

Praised for his “stunning bravura and seemingly unlimited virtuosity” (Epoch Times) and “nimbleness at the keys” (Cologne-City News), pianist Robin Giesbrecht has been celebrated internationally with a career reaching mature artistry.

On Saturday, September 28 at 6 p.m., Giesbrecht will play in concert as part of the Rising Stars Piano Series at the Southampton Cultural Center (SCC).

Since winning the International Grotrian-Steinweg Competition at age seven and the NDR Arts Prize given by Norddeutscher Rundfunk, a public radio and television broadcaster based in Hamburg, Giesbrecht has enjoyed performances in solo recital and as soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, North America and Asia, including debuts with the NDR Radio Philharmonic and the Southwest German Philharmonic.

His recital performances include critically-acclaimed debuts at the Hamburg Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall, and in 2015, he gave a performance of his own piano concerto at Lincoln Center. His chamber music collaborations include performances with the famed Szymanowski Quartet. He has performed at music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, Oxford Philharmonic Piano Festival, Piano Texas, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg.

Giesbrecht became a student of famed pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the age of 8. In 2006, the Austrian TV channel ORF filmed in honor of Mozart’s anniversary a movie in which Giesbrecht, dressed as Mozart, performed on Mozart’s original pianoforte in Salzburg, an event that was broadcasted worldwide. In 2008, the German TV channel WDR made a documentary about the life of the young pianist.

He was awarded the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship at the Juilliard School as a student of Jerome Lowenthal and Joseph Kalichstein, where he received an undergraduate degree. He recently graduated from the Yale School of Music with a master's degree where he studied with Peter Frankl.

This is an encore East End appearance for Giesbrecht. In 2017, he performed concerts with pianist Arianna Körting at the Parrish Art Museum and the Southampton Cultural Center.

Tickets for Robin Giesbrecht’s Rising Stars concert are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Students under 21 are admitted free. For more information, visit scc-arts.org.

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