Visiting Artist SeriesFrederick Moyer, piano
The Williams College Department of Music presents visiting artist Frederick Moyer in a solo piano recital on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free. In addition to this, Mr. Moyer presides over a master class of piano students during the afternoon at 2 p.m.
During over 25 years as a concert pianist, Frederick Moyer has carved out a vital and unusual career characterized by an exacting approach to music-making and a wide variety of interests.
Deeply interested in education and outreach, Mr. Moyer combines major performances, master classes, workshops, school performances and other activities to promote classical music within communities. His appearance on the Williams campus includes a master class with Williams piano students in the afternoon, and as part of his performance he will also be giving a presentation based on his research into the Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, op. 14 by Robert Schumann. His performance also includes works of Dussek, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Liszt.
Born of a musical family, Mr. Moyer received a full scholarship to attend the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He later attended Indiana University. His major teachers were his mother, Theodore Lettvin, Eleanor Sokoloff and Menahem Pressler. Shortly after graduation, a highly acclaimed New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall launched the young pianist on a career that has flourished ever since, bringing him to forty one countries, and to such venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle and the Kennedy Center.
Mr. Moyer’s repertoire reflects an affinity for a wide variety of styles and composers. He has recorded five Mozart concerti for the Norwegian radio, and performed a series of three Rachmaninoff piano concerti with the Japan Philharmonic. His 22 recordings span virtually the entire piano repertoire from Bach to the latest composers. A champion of contemporary music, many composers have written for him including Louis Calabro, George Walker, David Kechley, Ned Rorem, Kenneth Frazelle, Gordon Green, Donal Fox and Andersen Viana.