Decades Later, Round Top’s James Dick Returning to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Beginning fifty years ago, pianist James Dick assembled a team that over that time built the world class Festival Hill concert hall “from scratch.”

The classical music institute he founded which will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary next year, is now so famous that students from around the world compete to participate.

Dick studied with noted teachers Dalies Frantz in Texas and Clifford Curzon in London. He went on – in a single year – to win prizes in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (Moscow), the Busoni International Piano Competition (Italy) and was a finalist in the Leventritt Piano Competition (New York).

Dick’s debut concert performance was at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Five years ago, Terry Eder, a former piano student of his, began sponsoring a series of piano concerts at Carnegie Hall called Key Pianists.

Eder’s mission is to bring to the New York stage pianists deserving of a hearing at Carnegie Hall “for their intelligence, sensitivity and insight.

“These are musicians who have had substantial performance experience throughout their careers and who have mature musicianship to offer music lovers. Artists are invited to perform the repertoire in which they specialize or have a particular affinity.”

The publication Broadway World commented that, “The imaginative and increasingly important Key Pianists concert series, founded by pianist Terry Eder in 2015, embarks on its fifth season with a recital by James Dick, whom American Record Guide lauded for his ‘patrician civility and lucid, beautiful sonority,’”

The concert takes place Thursday evening, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

His program will include Schumann’s “Carnaval, Op. 9,” Haydn’s “Piano Sonata in B Minor,” and Beethoven’s “Bagatelles Op. 126,” as well as modern American composer Dan Welcher’s “The Birth of Shiva,” for solo piano.

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