Here is a performance we did in April with a great group of musicians from IU. Enjoy!
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NEW VIDEO RELEASE: Saint Saëns – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Justin Bird
Earlier this year I was selected winner of the Indiana University Piano Concerto Competition and here is my performance a week later with the IU Orchestra. I had a lot of fun during this performance, as you can tell by the breakneck speeds of movements two and three. Hope you enjoy!
Online Recital by Justin and Sophie Bird
Please enjoy this recital of two wonderful Violin and Piano Sonatas recorded at Indiana Universty’s Ford-Crawford Hall, in April of 2013
New Fortepiano Recording Release
I am excited to bring you a brand new recording of a violin and piano sonata by Mozart. It is performed here with myself on fortepiano and my sister Sophie on violin.
Justin to appear as soloist with IU University Orchestra
After being awarded first place in the Indiana University piano concerto competition, Justin has been invited to played with the University Orchestra under the baton of Arthur Fagen. The concert will be Sunday, April 7, 8:00 pm in the Musical Arts Center (MAC), and he will perform Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
RELEASE: Delius Piano Concerto Video
Finally I can post to say that the Delius Concerto video is finished! It’s been a lot of fun editing, and I’ve learned a whole lot about it along the way. I would appreciate any feedback about it, and hope you enjoy this rare and beautiful piano concerto if you missed it live.
Delius Piano Concerto
Live Recording is now posted! You can find it on the Listen page of my site. Enjoy!
Faure – Nocturne No. 1
Ever since I learned and played Faure’s Theme and Variations, I have been bitten with the Faure bug. His music is very intoxicating, and I have my teacher Marian Hahn to thank for introducing me. Others like Ken Johansen and Roy Howat have also been instrumental in the development of this new love, as their lives intercepted mine. Now at IU I’m in the company of wonderful pianists like Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Emile Naoumoff, the later of the two who has transcribed Faure’s requiem for solo piano!
A 2001 article on Fauré in Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians writes: “He developed a musical idiom all his own; by subtle application of old modes, he evoked the aura of eternally fresh art; by using unresolved mild discords and special coloristic effects, he anticipated procedures of Impressionism; in his piano works, he shunned virtuosity in favor of the Classical lucidity … the precisely articulated melodic line of his songs is in the finest tradition of French vocal music.”
I hope you enjoy this new addition to my collection of videos… Gabriel Faure’s first Nocturne in Eb minor.
Beethoven Piano Sonata
Hi folks, just to let you know of a new addition today, a live video of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 27 Op. 90. Took me a while to put together because I’m having issues with audio and video syncing. It all seems to change after uploading to youtube, you’ll just have to imagine.
Please share if you enjoy!