8/27/2008 Beethoven focus of piano recital
MCMINNVILLE -- Pianist Dean Kramer will present “An All-Beethoven Recital” on Monday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.
Kramer, a member of the piano faculty at the University of Oregon, has played for such legendary artists as Arthur Rubinstein and Gina Bachauer, and was one of the few pianists to have received lessons from the great Vladimir Horowitz.
A prizewinner at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, Kramer has also been recognized at the first American Chopin Competition, the American Music Scholarship Competition, the Kosciuszko Competition and the Three Rivers Competition. He represented the United States as Artistic Ambassador to Hungary, Rumania, Malta and Egypt and has given recitals and master classes in Taiwan, Canada, France, Finland, Poland and Japan.
Kramer has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in the United States and internationally. His concerto appearances include collaborations with the acclaimed American conductor Marin Alsop. He has also appeared with the renowned Helmuth Rilling as a soloist with the Oregon Bach Festival Symphony and with orchestras in Warsaw (Poland), Bucharest (Rumania), Cairo (Egypt), Cincinnati, Portland (Oregon Symphony), Eugene, Pittsburgh, Miami and Boise.
As a chamber musician, Kramer has appeared with such renowned groups as the Vermeer Quartet, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble and the Russian River Chamber Players. He has performed chamber music with members of the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York. He was chosen to participate in a chamber music residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, where he won the prize for the outstanding chamber music performance.
Kramer holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Texas at Austin. He has also been coached by pianist and teacher Leon Fleisher.
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.