Christopher Goodpasture

January 22, 2020, 12:15 pm

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Pianist Christopher Goodpasture presents a program of Beethoven, Liszt, and Debussy.

Praised by the Dallas Morning News for his “rhetorical grandeur, romantic warmth, and surefire technique”, Christopher Goodpasture has established himself as a musician of refined style. The Toronto Concert Review described his playing as a “rare combination of strength, energy and sublime musical sensitivity…matched by a heavenly sense of melodic line”. As a recitalist, his approach to programming reflects an inclination towards unusual repertoire and narrative that is both unconventional and provocative. He has performed solo recitals in concert venues throughout North America, including the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Koerner Hall (Toronto), Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall (New York), Bing Concert Hall (San Francisco), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Recent and upcoming orchestral appearances include concertos with the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, The Oakville Symphony, Northumberland Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. Among his forthcoming projects is a CD to be recorded on KNS Classical Records, as well as solo recitals on the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago and as a Eurasia Festival Emerging Artist in New York City.

Winner of Astral Artists 2019 National Auditions, Christopher is also a top-prize winner of the Washington, Seattle, Iowa and Dallas International Piano Competitions, as well as the Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Competition for Pianists. He holds graduate degrees from Yale University and The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Hung-Kuan Chen, Peter Frankl, Jerome Lowenthal and Christopher Elton. Born in Los Angeles, California, his formal training began at the Pasadena Conservatory, where he enrolled in theory, chamber music, and for four years, composition with American composer, Andrew Norman. He continued his studies with Stewart Gordon and John Perry at the University of Southern California and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

From a young age, Christopher developed a keen interest in collaboration and now is a sought-after chamber musician. He has appeared as a fellow in Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, in the intensive chamber music program of David Finckel and Wu Han in Aspen, at the Music Academy of the West, and in the festivals of Kneisel Hall, Sarasota and Banff. Among his collaborators have been members of the Takacs, Ysaye, St. Lawrence, Amenda, Guarneri, and Tokyo String Quartets. Christopher’s work with pianists Seymour Lipkin, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert Levin, Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher and violinists Pamela Frank and Sylvia Rosenberg has left a meaningful impact on his work. Currently, Christopher is a member of New York based Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), a fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Institute, emphasizing audience engagement, teaching and performing chamber music.

  • Bagatelles, Op. 126, by Ludwig van Beethoven
    Andante con moto, Cantabile e compiacevole
    Allegro
    Andante, Cantabile e grazioso
    Presto
    Quasi allegretto
    Presto, Andante amabile e con moto

  • Bagatelle sans tonalité, S.216a, by Franz Liszt

  • Nuages gris, S.199, by Franz Liszt

  • Selections from Préludes, Book II, by Claude Debussy
    Brouillards
    Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses
    Feux d’artifice

Playlist

Bagatelles, Op. 126, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Andante con moto, Cantabile e compiacevole
Allegro
Andante, Cantabile e grazioso
Presto
Quasi allegretto
Presto, Andante amabile e con moto

Bagatelle sans tonalité, S.216a, by Franz Liszt

Nuages gris, S.199, by Franz Liszt

Selections from Préludes, Book II, by Claude Debussy
Brouillards
Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses
Feux d’artifice