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
Master Classes 22-23 February 2014

Portland Piano Company 711 SW 14th Avenue

Saturday February 22 9:30-12:30 - Beethoven Sonatas

Ellwood Zwovic - Op. 49 no. 2 in G major
Marie Luff - Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 (1st and 2nd movements)
Colleen Adent - Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 (3rd movement)

Saturday February 22 1:30-4:30 - Ravel and Debussy

Eri Wong - Ravel: Noctuelles and Oiseaux tristes
Grace Moore - Ravel: Une barque sur l'océan
Bethany Vianna - Debussy: Soirée dans Grenade

Sunday February 23 1:30-4.30 - Mozart, Chopin, Liszt

Matthieu Galizia - Mozart: Adagio in B minor
Melissa Terrall - Chopin: Etude in C sharp minor Op. 25 no. 7
Aaron Petit - Liszt: Au lac de Wallenstadt
Chris Engbretson - Liszt: Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este

Paul Roberts in Portland
Recital Tuesday 25 February 2014

Old Church 1422 SW 11th at 7.30

'Liszt, Love, and Petrarch - The Pianist as Narrator'

As a young man, in his mid twenties, Liszt assembled a diary of musical impressions in response to his travels through Switzerland and Italy with his lover, Countess Marie d'Agoult. He later published these pieces as Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage - Switzerland and Italy.) Not only the sublime landscapes of Europe, but its poetry and literature were vital spurs to Liszt's creative imagination and he added to the published scores quotations from his favourite authors, often at length.

This lecture recital, including the magnificent Vallée d’Obermann and the sublime Petrarch Sonnets, will demonstrate the close connections between poetry, narrative, and music, between the emotion of the poetry and musical feeling, between the nature of story-telling and the art of the concert pianist.

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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, 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.


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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