Plugged and Unplugged: Bruce Brubaker plays American piano music
Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL
In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, from London’s Wigmore Hall to Hong Kong, and in continuing recordings for ECM, Arabesque, and Bedroom Community, Bruce Brubaker is a visionary virtuoso – the new musician. He has performed Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Philip Glass on the BBC. Profiled on NBC’s Today show, Brubaker was presented by New York’s Carnegie Hall, at Michigan’s Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Arts. He is a frequent performer at New York City’s Poisson Rouge. His blog “PianoMorphosis” appears at ArtsJournal.com.
Pulitzer-Prize-winning Washington Post critic Tim Page has said: “I wouldn't trade Pollini, Argerich, Richard Goode, Peter Serkin or Bruce Brubaker (to mention a terrific younger artist) for any handful of Horowitzes!” Brubaker has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, at the Tanglewood Festival, at Finland’s Kuhmo Festival, Chicago’s Harris Theater, Antwerp’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus. New recording projects include Meredith Monk’s complete piano music (with Ursula Oppens), a recording of music by Glass (for the French label Infiné), and a recording of Nico Muhly’s Drones for Iceland’s Bedroom Community label.
Bruce Brubaker has premiered music by Philip Glass, John Cage, Nico Muhly, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Brubaker studied at the Juilliard School in New York. At Juilliard, he originated an interdisciplinary performance project that brought together actors, dancers, and musicians. At Juilliard, he has appeared in public conversations with Philip Glass, Milton Babbitt, and Meredith Monk. His articles about music have appeared in several magazines as well as The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. A longtime member of the faculty at the Juilliard School, Brubaker now chairs the piano department at New England Conservatory in Boston.