LATROBE, PA – The 48th season of the Saint Vincent College Concert Series will continue on Saturday, Nov. 9, with a 7 p.m. performance by violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Daniel Lebhardt in the Performing Arts Center in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent campus.
A New Zealand native, Baker won First Prize at the 2016 young Concert Artists International Auditions. His first U.S. tour included recital debuts on the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall, sponsored by the Peter Jay Sharp Prize. He released his first album in 2015, which immediately soared to No. 12 on the classical charts.
Baker, who will play a 1709 Tononi violin on loan from a private individual, studied at the Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2013 while also winning First Prize at the Windsor International Competition.
A native of Hungary, Lebhardt won First Prize at the 2014 Young Concert Artists Auditions in Paris before winning YCA’s International Auditions in New York City, where he was also awarded five prizes, including the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize. Among his many other accolades, Lebhardt took First Prize at the Russian Music International Piano Competition in California, the Citta di Gorzia International Piano Competition in Italy, Kosice International Piano Competition in Slovakia and Carl Filtsch International Piano Competition in Romania.
Lebhardt started piano lessons at age six and attended the Special School of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest starting at age nine, studying with István Gulyás and Gyöngyi Keveházi. He attended London’s Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and has played in master classes for Alfred Brendel, Leslie Howard, Ferenc Rados and Mikhail Voskresensky.
Single tickets are available for $26. College, high school and middle school students are admitted free with valid school ID, while children aged 12 and under are admitted for free with adult supervision. Special group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
There will be a free meet-and-greet reception with Lebhardt and Baker following their performance, while a free shuttle will run between the designated parking areas and the Performing Arts Center before and after the concert.
Tickets can be ordered by calling the Saint Vincent box office at 724-805-2177.
This is the third of six performances in the 2019-20 Saint Vincent College Concert Series. Future performances include Nathan Lee, 2020 Bronder Prize for Piano recipient, on Saturday, Jan. 25; “Pennsylvania Pipes!” featuring organists Donald Fellows, J. Christopher Pardini and Wesley Parrott, on Saturday, Feb. 15; and “A Night of Intimate Chamber Music and Conversation” with Christopher Wu (violin), Susanne Park (violin), Andrew Wickesburg (viola) and Anne Martindale Williams (cello) on Saturday, March 14.
These performances are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The Saint Vincent College Concert Series was founded in 1971 by Fr. Joseph Bronder, O.S.B., a concert pianist, classical music performer and graduate of Yale. Each year, Saint Vincent awards the Bronder Prize for Piano to an exceptionally talented young pianist at the beginning of his or her career. Performers have won top prizes in national and international competitions and have performed on many of the world’s greatest stages. The series emphasizes the traditional chamber music repertoire, while artists of other genres have also been frequently featured.
PHOTO 1: Violinist Benjamin Baker
PHOTO 2: Pianist Daniel Lebhardt
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