Faculty Artist Recital: Paul Berkowitz, piano

Event Date: 

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 8:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

General admission ($15)
Non-UCSB students with ID ($5)
UCSB students with ID (FREE)
Children ages 9-12 (FREE)
UCSB AS Ticket Office: 
(805) 893-2064
UCEN Room 1535 (across from Corwin Pavilion)


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Paul Berkowitz
The UCSB Department of Music will present a recital featuring faculty member and pianist Paul Berkowitz on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Mr. Berkowitz—best known for his performances and recordings of Schubert and the other Viennese masters Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms—will take something of a departure into the works of J.S. Bach, Bartók, and Chopin. The first half of the recital will pair Bach’s popular and effervescent Italian Concerto with one of his most profound and expansive works, the Partita in D Major. Excerpts from Béla Bartók’s infrequently heard and highly inventive Mikrokosmos, Vol. VI (1939) will begin the second half, followed by Bartók’s lively Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm. A short group of later works by Chopin will round out the program—the ravishingly beautiful Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 55, No. 2; the lilting Waltz, Op. 42; and the Barcarolle, Op. 60.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Italian Concerto (Clavierübung Part II), BWV 971 
Partita No. 4 in D Major (Clavierübung Part I), BWV 828
Béla Bartók
excerpts from Mikrokosmos, Vol. VI (1939) 
Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2 
Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42
Barcarolle, Op. 60

About the Artist

Paul Berkowitz has recorded the complete Piano Sonatas of Schubert for Meridian Records to worldwide acclaim. He was described by the London Sunday Times as being “in the royal class of Schubert interpreters” and his CD recordings of the Last Three Schubert Piano Sonatas were included among the same newspaper’s Records of the Year. His recording of Schumann’s Kreisleriana was selected by BBC Radio Record Review as the best of all available recordings. He has also released a series of three CD recordings of Brahms Piano Music. BBC Music Magazine reviewed Vol. II commenting, "...praise to Meridian, which has in the Canadian pianist Paul Berkowitz an artist who isn't shy of taking on the kind of repertoire traditionally the preserve of more internationally high-profile artists. Rightly so, for he has a voice, a musicality, a bigness of pianism distinctively his own...his integrity is commanding, his stylistic authority convincing and his refusal merely to play the notes impressive."
Mr. Berkowitz recently recorded the Schubert Impromptus, Moments Musicaux, and other repertoire as the final two volumes of his 9-CD cycle of major works for piano by Schubert for Meridian, which he began in 1984. All earlier volumes have been re-issued along with the two new recordings as Schubert Piano Works, in nine volumes.
Mr. Berkowitz, a native of Montreal, Canada, is a graduate of McGill University and of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin. He lived in Britain for 20 years appearing frequently at the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls and on the BBC, as a soloist with major orchestras in Britain and Canada and at music festivals in Belgium, Denmark, England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain. Mr. Berkowitz left the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he had been a professor since 1975, to join the music faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993, where he is Professor of Piano and served as Chair of the Department of Music 2007-12. He has been invited to present master classes at major conservatories, universities and festivals, and his students have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the BBC Young Musician of the Year (Thomas Adès), the International Piano Competition Palma d'Oro in Italy, the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition in New York, and the Los Angeles Liszt Competition and have gone on to have concert and academic careers of their own in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Paul Berkowitz