Sarah Grunstein to perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations

October 20, 2016 by Fraser Beath McEwing
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One of Australia’s most distinguished international pianists New York-based Sarah Grunstein will come home to Sydney and Melbourne later this year.

Sarag Grundstein

Sarah Grunstein

Sarah Grunstein will perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre (Salon) on 20th October and Sydney Opera House, (Utzon Room) on 25th October.

She will play Bach’s Goldberg Variations, one of the most demanding piano solos in the repertoire. Originally composed for a two manual harpsicord, the variations pose multiple challenges for the performer, especially on a modern piano. Running for nearly an hour and a half, it calls for exceptional stamina, memory and technique. Like much of Bach’s keyboard music, the Goldberg Variations comprises mostly single notes, but their complexity and voicing mean that there are few concert pianists game to tackle it in public.

Sarah Grunstein is a Bach specialist, and very much at home in the Goldberg Variations. Passionate about engaging with audiences, the concerts will include her introductory talk with her audiences about the music they will hear.

In addition to her concert engagements as a pianist, Sarah Grunstein is a dedicated teacher and lecturer on many aspects of classical piano. She trained at the Juilliard School and then returned to teach there. She has a doctorate in Musical Arts from the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York.

Bookings are now open for her two concert appearances.


One Response to “Sarah Grunstein to perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations”
  1. Howard Levin says:

    What an incredible story! What are the odds of the taxi driver and Sarah meeting in this way?

    It is so poignant of the saga of our dear people.

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