A born Chopinist whose distinctive artistry is matched by his charismatic personality, Eduardus Halim will explore the close correlation between technical dexterity and tone production using the Chopin Etudes as the focal point at the May 18 General Meeting.
Acclaimed as both a pedagogue and a performer, Professor Halim is the inaugural holder of the Sascha Gorodnitzki Faculty Chair in Piano Studies at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. As a performer, he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit, St. Louis and Seattle symphonies, the Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra. He has given recitals at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in NYC and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Recognized for his superb technique, beautiful tone and poetic interpretations, Eduardus Halim was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996. In 1999 he performed with the Milwaukee Symphony on its historic tour to Florida and Havana, Cuba.
Born in Indonesia to Chinese parents, young Halim studied the violin and piano as well as Javanese dancing before moving to New York in 1980 to study with Sascha Gorodnitzki at Juilliard. In New York he established himself as a pianistic force and earned the privilege of becoming the last pupil of Vladimir Horowitz.
Mr. Halim’s recordings are widely lauded. Of the first CD, Presenting Eduardus Halim: A Program of Piano Transcriptions, the Dallas Morning News wrote: “[Halim] has staked out an imposing claim as a Romantic pianist who has the fingers for virtuosity and the imagination for poetry…” Of the second, the Chopin CD, reviewer Stephen Wigler raved: “Anyone who misses Vladimir Horowitz would be wise to investigate this all-Chopin recital by Eduardus Halim, the last of the master’s students. . . Rather than call him his master’s disciple, it would be better to call him his successor.” The most recent CD features Granados’s Goyescas and the Valses Poéticos, of which the American Record Guide applauded: “absolutely magnificent!”
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