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James DickPress KitInformation and Booking – Jan Lehman – 512.478.1131

TABLE OF CONTENTSCover . . 1Table of Contents. . 2Biography. . 3Grey-Scale Photo. . 4References and Reviews. . 5Concerto and Solo Repertoires . . 6Chamber Music and Recordings. . 7Information and Booking – Jan Lehman – 512.478.1131

BIOGRAPHYRecognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, internationally renownedconcert pianist and Steinway artist James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivation,opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotionalauthenticity.Raised in Hutchinson Kansas, his talent moved him from the farm to the University of TexasMusic Building and out to the world's great concert halls. He received a scholarship to theUniversity of Texas in Austin, studying with Dalies Frantz. Later, he was a Fulbright Scholarand studied with Sir Clifford Curzon in England. Dick's early triumphs as a major prizewinnerin the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to aneminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world'spremier concert halls, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall and92nd Street "Y"; London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room; Le Theatredu Chatelet and Salle Gaveau in Paris; the Academy of Music in Philadelphia; the KennedyCenter and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.Dick has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NationalSymphony and many major orchestras, with such conductors as Ormandy, Barbirolli, Levin,Maazel, Kondrashin, Spano, Oue, Sanderling, Hogwood, de Preist and Verrot. In chambermusic, he has been guest soloist with the Cleveland, Tokyo, Parisii, Ravel, Debussy andCassatt quartets and the Dorian and Moragues wind quintets, concertizing as well with Yo-YoMa, Regis Pasquier, Young Uck Kim, Raphael Hillyer, Rostislav Dubinsky, Martin Lovett,Andrew Marriner, Guy Deplus and Carol Wincenc.James Dick has received numerous honors and commendations, including the Texas Medalof Arts, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and HonoraryAssociate of London's Royal Academy of Music.He is a fervent supporter of new music, having commissioned Benjamin Lees, Dan Welcher,Malcolm Hawkins and Chinary Ung to write, respectively, "Etudes", "Shiva's Drum","Rasmandala" and "Rising Light" for piano and orchestra. On February 1998, James Dickpremiered "Flight of Passage: From Silent Sun to Starry Night" by Claude Baker. This piece isinspired by poems by Walt Whitman. It was performed in New York (Alice Tully Hall), Paris(Salle Gaveau) and London (Purcell Room).In addition to his schedule as a world-renowned guest artist, James Dick in 1971 establishedthe Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas to nurture and incubate aspiring youngmusicians. The institute (today operated under The James Dick Foundation for the PerformingArts) has grown from a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square ofRound Top to a 210-acre European-styled campus where distinguished faculty each yearteach nearly 100 young artists and the Festival Institute provides year-round education andperformance programs for audiences.Today James Dick is well-known to music lovers as a man of great talent, vision and class.Information and Booking – Jan Lehman – 512.478.1131

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REFERENCES & REVIEWS"The sooner Mr. Dick returns to London the better: pianist of this caliber are rare on the South Bank orindeed anywhere else-an artist of such innate musical sensitivity and superlative pianistic skill,establishing an enviable and entirely understandable rapport with the audience."-Bryce Morrison / Music and Musicians, London"His interpretation (Beethoven's Bagatelles Op. 126) emphasized the music's profundities withoutneglecting its surface glitter. His 'Appasionata' was intense, brilliant. The same balance ofthoughtfulness and technical bravura was heard in his performance of Chopin's Polonaise No. 5."-Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post"Dick is an affable and prodigious narrator of story."-Antoine Livio / La Lettre Du Musicien, Paris (Salle Gaveau,)"Many things about Dick's musical and pianistic persona proved reminiscent of his onetime mentor,Clifford Curzon, Including a patrician civility and lucid, beautiful sonority. There is too, an architecturalproportion that gives even Lisztian bravura passages a sense of purpose and emotional containment."-Harris Goldsmith, American Record Guide (Alice Tully Hall, New York)"And among artists whose work he (Van Cliburn) has admired, a few instantly leap to mind: 'JamesDick who is one of the most erudite and thoughtful pianists.' "-Howard Reich, "Van Cliburn""High level musicianship, warm and poetic. "-The New York Post"There was no lack of big juicy climaxes or powerful sonorities handled masterfully and in good tastein pianist James Dick's performance at the National Gallery."-The Washington Post"Soloist Dick, who originally premiered the piece (Lee's Etudes), handled himself not just intellectuallybut physically in a manner that reflects his personality-not showy but passionate, dramatic and at thesame time as mellow as the gorgeous Steinway that is prepared to his specif ications."-Gil French, American Record Guide"Shiva's Drum is the most stimulating new concerto in years. Paired with Welcher's concerto is theSaint-Saens' Concerto No. 2 in G. The two works serve as an impressive showcase for the orchestraand pianist James Dick. Dick commissioned 'Shiva's Drum' and his playing seems to encompass allthe dimensions of the music. Every composer should be blessed to have a new work performed at thislevel."- Bradfore Gowen, Piano & Keyboard Magazine"Dick gave a sweeping, passionate, powerful and sensitive account of Saint-Saens' demanding PianoConcerto No. 2, at the high water mark of French Romanticism. In full technical command , Dickcompassed the most treacherous runs with seeming ease."- San Antonio Express News“It is a rare privilege to collaborate with an artist whose vision and skill are equally matched by intensehumanity. James Dick¹s music making is as pure and heartfelt as it comes. Not a single note isapproached casually the entirety of the score is realized down to the smallest passing gesture, andwe get the sense that he has absorbed the music directly from the composer. It was also animmense pleasure to perform with a soloist whose sensitivity extends throughout the orchestra,inviting each and every player to share in and learn from the performance.”Eric McIntyreMusic Director, Fort Dodge Area SymphonyMusic Director, Central Iowa SymphonyInformation and Booking – Jan Lehman – 512.478.1131

CONCERTO REPERTOIRE SOLO REPERTOIREBarber, ConcertoBeethoven, Concerto No. 3 in C-minor,Concerto No. 4 in G, Concerto No. 5 inE-flatBrahms, Concerto No. 2 in B-flatChopin, Concerto No. 1 in E-minorGrieg, Concerto in A-minorHawkins, “Rasmandala”Khatchaturian, Concerto in D-flatLees, EtudesLiszt, Concerto No. 2 in AMacDowell, Concerto No. 2 in D-minorMozart, Concerto No. 17 in G, ConcertoNo. 23 in APersichetti, Concerto No. 1Prokofiev, Concerto No. 3 in CRachmaninoff, Concerto No. 2 in C,Rhapsody on a Theme of PaganiniSaint-Saens, Concerto No. 2 in G-minorTchaikovsky, Concerto No. 1 in B-flatminorUng, "Rising Light"Welcher, "Shiva's Drum" J.S. Bach, Italian ConcertoW.A. Mozart, Sonata in DJoseph Haydn, Sonatas in C, B-minorL. van Beethoven, Sonatas No. 21 inC, Op. 53 “Waldstein”, No. 23 in F,Op. 54, “Appassionata”, No. 24 in Fsharp, Op. 78, No. 26 in E-flat, Op.81A, “Les Adieux”, Bagatelles, Op.126Franz Schubert, Impromptus Op. 90,Sonata in A, D.959, Fantasy in C, D.760, “Wandererfantasie”Carl Maria von Weber, Sonata No. 2in A-flat, J. 199Frederic Chopin, Scherzo No. 3 in Csharp, Polonaises No. 5 in F-sharp,op. 45 and No. 6 in A-flat, Op. 53,“Heroic” and selections of Etudes,Nocturnes and Waltzes.Robert Schumann, Arabesque, Op.18, Carnaval, Op. 9Franz Liszt, Vallee d’Oberman,Mephisto WaltzJohannes Brahms, Rhapsodies Op.79Edvard Grieg, selection of lyric piecesSergei Prokofiev, Sonatas No. 3 andNo. 7Francis Poulenc, Melancolie NapoliGian Carlo Menotti, “Ricercare andToccata”Benjamin Lees, Sonata BreveDan Welcher, “The Birth of Shiva”Claude Baker, “Flights of Passage:From Silent Sun to Starry Night”Information and Booking – Jan Lehman – 512.478.1131

CHAMBER MUSIC L. van Beethoven, Trio No. 5 in D forviolin, cello and piano, Op. 70/1,“Ghost”L. van Beethoven, Cello SonatasFranz Schubert, Quintet for piano andstrings, D.667, “Trout Quintet”Robert Schumann, Quintet for pianoand strings in E-flat, Op. 44Johannes Brahms, Sonatas forclarinet and piano in F and E-flat, Op.120Johannes Brahms, Trio for violin,cello and piano No. 2 in C, Op. 87Johannes Brahms, Trio for clarinet,cello and piano, in A, Op. 114Edvard Grieg, Sonata for violin andpiano No. 2 in G, Op. 13 AntoninDvorak, Quintet for piano and stringsin A, Op. 81P.I. Tchaikovsky, Trio for violin, celloand piano in A, Op. 50Cesar Franck, Quintet for piano andstrings in FCesar Franck, Sonata for violin andpiano in AGabriel Faure, Quintet for piano andstrings No. 1 in D, Op. 89Gabriel Faure, Sonata for violin andpiano No. 1 in A, Op. 13Gabriel Faure, Elegie for cello andpiano, Op. 24Camille Saint-Saens, Sonata for violinand piano No. 1 in D, Op. 75Francis Poulenc, Sonatas for oboeand piano, flute and piano, clarinetand pianoFrancis Poulenc, Sextet for piano andwindsSergei Prokofiev, Sonata for violinand piano No. 1 in F, Op. 80Dmitri Shostakovich, Quintet for pianoand strings in G, Op. 57RECORDINGS Beethoven, Concerto No. 5Tchaikovsky, Concerto No. 1Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a themeof PaganiniSaint-Saens, Concerto No. 2Prokofiev, Concerto No. 3Chopin, Concerto No. 1Welcher, “Shiva's Drum”Hawkins, RasmandalaBarber Concerto, Lees EtudesInformation and Booking – Jan Lehman – 512.478.1131

piano, Op. 24 Camille Saint-Saens, Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 in D, Op. 75 Francis Poulenc, Sonatas for oboe and piano, flute and piano, clarinet and piano Francis Poulenc, Sextet for piano and winds Sergei Prokofiev, Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 in F, Op. 80 Dmitri Shostakovi

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