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Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center for Performing Arts is proud to present internationally acclaimed pianist Arnaldo Cohen for one night only, March 21 at 7:30 PM, the final of three performances scheduled as part of the 2013-2014 Lied Center Piano Series.

The New York Times hails Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen’s playing as “technically flawless” and “a model of balance and imagination.” Presenting a program highlighted by pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and Prokofiev, Cohen has amazed audiences around the world with his virtuosic performances.

“The 2013-2014 Piano Series was one of the highlights of the Lied Center’s classical lineup this season,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “We are thrilled to present Arnaldo Cohen, one of the most talented and in demand pianists in the industry today.”

The Lied Center has a storied tradition of presenting the world’s finest pianists year after year. Greats such as Vladimir Feltsman, Emanuel Ax, Jon Nakamatsu, Kathryn Stott and many others have graced the Lied stage in just the last few years. In response to this history of exemplary piano performances, patrons of the Lied Center who are passionate about the art of piano came together to support the Lied Center’s first Piano Series. Cohen is the third Piano Series artist to play on the Lied Stage this season. Piano master Leon Fleischer performed with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 11, 2013, and the Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Vadym Kholodenko, dazzled audiences on Oct. 23, 2013.

Arnaldo Cohen has a reputation for astonishing his audiences with the musical authority and blistering virtuosity of his performances. His graceful and unaffected platform manner belies playing of white-hot intensity, intellectual probity, and glittering bravura technique bordering on sheer wizardry. He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome under such leading conductors as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin and Wolfgang Sawallish.

Long in demand internationally, Mr. Cohen has in the last decade entered a rarefied echelon among performers in America as well. His performances in recent seasons have spanned the United States and Canada geographically, including appearances with major orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recital appearances regularly include important venues in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto, among other music centers.

Arnaldo Cohen came to prominence after winning First Prize at the Busoni International Piano Competition and making his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. For five years, he was a member of the acclaimed Amadeus Trio and has performed with many string quartets, including the Lindsay and Chillingirian Quartets. He began his musical studies at the age of five, graduating from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with an honors degree in both piano and violin, while also studying for an engineering degree. He went on to become a professional violinist in the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Orchestra to earn his livelihood while continuing piano studies with Jacques Klein, a disciple of the legendary American pianist William Kapell. Cohen pursued further training in Vienna with Bruno Seidlhofer and Dieter Weber.

He is a frequent recording artist, with recent discs including a rendering of the two Liszt Piano Concerti and the “Totentanz” with the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra for BIS Records. His other two critically acclaimed CDs on the same label are an all-Liszt solo disc, and his pioneering CD, “Three Centuries of Brazilian Music.” He recorded Rachmaninoff’s 4th Concerto with the Sao Paulo State Symphony with Yan Pascal Tortelier conducting as a part of the complete cycle of the Rachmaninoff Concerti.

Arnaldo Cohen, recognized for his deep dedication to educating the next generation of musicians and music lovers, was appointed in October 2012 as Artistic Director of the prestigious Portland Piano International Series. He is the recipient of an honorary fellowship awarded by the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and until recently held a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in London. After living in London for many years, he relocated in 2004 to the United States, where he holds a full professorship at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from MarySue Harris, Mrs. Larry H. Lusk, Joan Reist, Ted & Anabeth Cox, and Diana Warner.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Arnaldo Cohen’s performance on March 21 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets are $32 for adults, $16 for students.