Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts is an exceptional musician, a fine and deeply sensitive pianist, teacher and an author of the greatest distinction. His books on Debussy and Ravel are quite simply the most outstanding and perceptive I have read. I felt privileged to review the Ravel book recently in the Gramophone magazine. Bryce Morrison

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Paul Roberts in Portland October 2014

Recital Thursday 23rd October - Cross Currents of France and Spain

Master Classes - Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October

The Music of Spain: Albeniz, Falla, Granados, Mompou, Ohana

In his forthcoming presentation in Portland this fall Paul Roberts returns to the repertoire that first captured his imagination over 25 years ago and which first brought him to Portland.

It was in Paris, in the studio of the Spanish composer Maurice Ohana (Spanish by birth, French by residence), that Paul first met a Portlander. In due course Paul was invited to Portland where he played a program of French and Spanish music. At that time he did not include the extraordinary music of Ohana. In October he will make amends for unfinished business.

Ohana (1913 - 1992) was the greatest Spanish composer of the second half of the 20th century. He met Paul Roberts in the ‘80s and they became soul mates, especially through their shared passion for the music of Debussy. It was Ohana who first directed Paul’s attention to the great folk music and classical music of Spain.

Ohana wrote and dedicated to Paul his Six études d’inteprétation which Paul performed in world premiers in London and Paris and for the BBC. Ohana’s idiom combines the influence of flamenco with the influence of jazz, shot through with the colours and rhythms of Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albeniz, and inevitably Claude Debussy.

Paul’s program will present some of the finest masterpieces of Spanish piano music: Falla’s Fantasia Baetica, selections from Iberia by Albeniz, the poignant miniatures of Federico Mompou, and Ohana’s Etudes d’inteprétation.

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Paul Roberts at Reed College February 2015

Wednesday 25th February: Recital in the Kaul Auditorium

Debussy, Ravel and Mompou: A presentation in music and words

It has been said of Catalan composer Federico Mompou (1893-1987) that ‘small is beautiful, smaller more beautiful, and smallest most beautiful.’ In this presentation Paul Roberts introduces and performs a selection of Mompou’s miniatures alongside celebrated piano works of his (and Mompou’s) favoured Debussy and Ravel.

The program will include Ravel’s Pavane, Debussy’s Preludes and Etudes and Mompou’s Música Callada, Impresiones Intimas, and Canciones y danzas.

Friday 27th February: Master Class

Further details will be announced later in the year

For both his Old Church Recital in October and at Reed College in February Paul Roberts will be playing a Fazioli kindly provided by Portland Piano Company

Master Class Excerpts from Portland, Oregon, and Stockholm

Liszt Sposalizio Part 1

Liszt Sposalizio Part 2

Debussy L’isle joyeuse

Medici TV Excerpts

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts explores, from the keyboard, major impressionist works from the orchestral repertoire. Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (click on links).

Debussy La Mer

Ravel Bolero

USA National Public Radio Interview

Listen to the Debussy 150th Anniversary interview with Paul Roberts for NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Interview for PianoStreet.com, Sweden

Read the extensive interview with Paul Roberts about Reflections: The Piano Music of Maurice Ravel, voted one of the top picks for 2013.

STOP PRESS: New Summer School Venue

Music at Albignac: August 2014 sees the inauguration of an idyllic new venue for the piano summer school in southwest France, in much the same region as before, near Albi. La Bastide d’Albignac is in the commune of Le Dourn, a remote corner of the Tarn abutting the Aveyron, north east of Ambialet. There will be more space, more pianos, and a large swimming pool! Booking will open at the end of January. In the meantime please keep an eye on the old Music at Ambialet website for updates.

STOP PRESS: USA

Paul Roberts is delighted to announce that Widney Moore, of Portland, Oregon, has agreed to act as his agent in the USA. immensely experienced in arts management and promotion, Widney for many years ran a celebrated art gallery in the Pearl District of Portland representing major textile artists from around the world. She has been a trustee of the American Craft Council, an interim Executive Director of Portland Piano International as well as a board member.

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