Amir Katz: Beethoven Piano Sonatas

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Music critics have dubbed him a “storyteller at the piano”, a “marathon man”, a “piano Titan”. Now, celebrated pianist Amir Katz is taking a break from his successful career in Germany and coming to Tel Aviv for one concert, Saturday May 25 at 20:00, which will focus on Beethoven’s sonatas: No. 27, 28 and 29.

Katz’s career has taken him from his native Israel to the concert halls of Europe, the US and the Far East. He’s garnered impressive prizes and scholarships and studied with some of the greatest musicians in recent history, such as Leon Fleisher, Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Murray Perahia. He’s also quite fearless: at the 2011 Miami Piano Festival, he played all 21 Chopin nocturnes in one evening, to rave reviews.

Fearlessness undoubtedly enables Katz to put together the program for his upcoming performance in Tel Aviv, which will feature the “Hammerklavier” Piano Sonata No. 29 (Op. 106), one of the longest and most difficult works in solo piano repertoire. Along with the “Hammerklavier”, Katz will play two more sonatas associated with the composer’s late period: No. 27 in E minor (Op. 90) and No. 28 in A major (Op. 101).

Listen to the “storyteller at the piano” this Saturday at 20:00 at the Enav Cultural Center. Tickets cost 80-100 NIS and can be purchased via www.eventim.co.il, www.pashbar.co.il or by phone at 03-5745005.