Piano Sonata in F minor, op. 5 (1853) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Scherzo. Allegro energico
Intermezzo (Rückblick). Andante molto
Finale. Allegro moderato ma rubato
Fantasy, op. 17 (1836) Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
Mäβig. Durchaus energisch Langsam getragen.
Durchweg leise zu halten
Eldred Marshall began studying the piano at age six and played in public by age seven. His prodigious and inquisitive mind allowed him to master large swaths of the piano repertoire quickly as well as consistently win top prizes at the competitions he entered as a child. By 16, he debuted with orchestra, playing Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto with the Victor Valley Symphony Orchestra. Before entering into Yale University, where he graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science, he had already performed all over the United States.
The critically-acclaimed pianist has performed internationally: Spain, Italy, the Republic of San Marino, Belgium, Germany Romania, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, and China. He has performed the entire cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven in public, from memory, as a concentrated series, twice: once in Portland in 2007 and in San Francisco in 2008. He followed that project with a full West Coast (US) tour of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2008 and 2009. In recent seasons, he toured extensively through Texas and China with two all-Bach piano recital programs, one of which included the Goldberg Variations. In 2016, he was named a semi-finalist in the Ninth J. S. Bach International Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany. In the 2017-2018 Season, he will tour the US and China with Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. He has appeared in piano festivals in Italy as well as the United States. As piano soloist, among the conductors with whom he has collaborated include K. C. Manji, Carlo Ponti, Beau Benson, Jessica Morel and Felix Torres.
As an orchestral conductor, Marshall has led several international ensembles: the Ukrainian State Academic Orchestra (Kiev, Ukraine), the Kharkov Youth Symphony (Kharkov, Ukraine), the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra (Pleven, Bulgaria), the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra (Vidin, Bulgaria), the Filharmonica Oltenia di Craiova (Craiova, Romania), and the Constanta “Black Sea” Philharmonic Orchestra (Constanta, Romania). In the United States, he has worked as the conductor for the Riverside (CA) Opera Institute’s Children’s Opera Division, and has served as assistant conductor of the dell'arte Opera Ensemble (NYC) and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Further, he has collaborated with members of the University of North Texas (UNT) Symphony Orchestra.-- Marshall earned three M.M. degrees from SMU: piano (2011), organ (2012) and orchestral conducting (2013). Currently, he is finishing his D.M.A. in Piano Performance at UNT, where he studies with Pamela Mia Paul. Additionally, he was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at UNT and is an adjunct lecturer at SMU. His doctoral dissertation topic is on the art of conducting piano concerti from the piano – performance practice, discipline and whether or not it is “real conducting.”--
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