Romantic Character Piece recital April 14

 Canadian pianist, writer, and educator William Aide will present a  concert, “The Romantic Character Piece” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in White Recital Hall in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC. His program includes Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood, as well as works by Chopin, Brahms and Liszt. Admission is free. You are also invited to attend his master class from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15 at the same venue.

William Aide has enjoyed 50 years of professional music-making.  At the age of 19 he made his concerto debut with the Rachmaninoff 3rd, and in his early twenties he won first prize in the CBC Talent Festival and the Canada Council Award for Young Performing Artists.  As a collaborative pianist he has worked with conductors Sir Andrew Davis, Arthur Fiedler and Walter Susskind; bass-baritone, James Milligan; sopranos Elizabeth Soederstroem and Lois Marshall; violist Rivka Golani and the St. Lawrence string quartet, among many others.  He has toured the former Soviet Union with Phyllis Mailing and held artist residencies at Aix en Provence’s Darius Milhaud Conservatory; the University of Glasgow; and  Trinity/Laban College, London.  Head of the Keyboard Division at the University of Toronto for 25 years, he was the inaugural R.E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance.  A proponent of Canadian music, he has premiered over 40 works, including 5 piano concertos, and has long been associated as juror with the Honens International Piano Competition.   With Oberon Press he has published five books including Pieces in My Hands, poems and a CD of his live performances of the Liszt B minor Sonata and Schumann’s Carnaval; and “Massenet’s Elegy”, poems with a live CD of Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Chopin’s Op. 10 Etudes. William Aide was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013.


Hope to see you at both events!


Best wishes,

Jane Solose

Jane Solose, D.M.A.
Professor of Piano
Coordinator of Chamber Music – Keyboard
Conservatory of Music and Dance
University of Missouri-Kansas City


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