MARLBORO>> Distinguished pianists Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu will perform a concert at Marlboro College to honor Luis Batlle and benefit the endowed chair in his name. Luis was music professor at Marlboro College for 30 years as well as longtime participant of the Marlboro Music Festival and School. The concert of music for piano four hands will take place Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m, in Marlboro's Ragle Hall. It is free and open to the public, but donations toward the Luis C. Batlle Chair in Music are encouraged.
"We are thrilled to have musicians of Peter and Julia's caliber appearing at the college, and moved by their loyalty to Luis Batlle," said Kevin Quigley, Marlboro College president. Peter Serkin has known Luis since the early days of the music festival, and was mentored by him as a child—Luis was invited to join the festival by cofounder Rudolph Serkin, Peter's father. "This is a historic event, worthy of a college treasure like Luis."
Internationally recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, Peter Serkin has conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire in inspired recital appearances, on recordings, and in chamber music collaborations worldwide. He has performed with the world's major symphony orchestras, with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Alexander Schneider, Daniel Barenboim, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, and James Levine. A dedicated chamber musician, Peter has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai String Quartets. He was a founding member of the Tashi Quartet, originally known as TASHI.
Originally from Taiwan, Julia Hsu received her bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance with distinction form Royal Academy of Music, London. She further studied with Professor Matti Raekallio at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, and the Hannover Hochschule fu r Musik und Theatre, Germany, in the highly sought-after "Soloklasse" program. Julia's collaborations with artists in other mediums include exhibitions and live performances with photographer Roman Schramm, sculptor Hella Gerlach, and modern dance choreographer Shang Chi Sun. She was a festival fellow at Bowdoin Music Festival, Massachusetts, and a scholar at the Banff Centre, Canada, before she became a piano fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music in 2013.
Peter and Julia have recently devoted themselves to performing together, both four-hands as well as two-piano music, and will present a program on Thursday of works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Bizet. Their performance will celebrate Luis Batlle's many contributions as a performer, educator, and member of the community.