Saturday, January 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2013 Concert Series
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“Evan Shinners attacked the score with a bravura that might have pleased Liszt. . . .”—Roberta Smith, New York Times
“A bona fide Bach star”—Time Out New York
“Here’s one of the brattiest Bach recordings to come along since Glenn Gould himself.”— Laurence Vittes, Huffington Post
“If Busoni were drunk, he might embrace this kid Shinners, who plays Bach for the fun of it and does not apologize. . . . Touted as the ‘new Glenn Gould’ of Bach, the Juilliard-trained Shinners has his own ideas, and they seem to compel his devoted audience to listen to what he plays. . . . If Shinners has a musical precedent, it may be less Glenn Gould than Keith Jarrett, but they are all good company.”—Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition
Preconceptions of how Bach should be played fly out the window with the wildly talented pianist and 2010 Juilliard graduate Evan Shinners. His compilation of two live, unedited performances recorded at Juilliard and Rockefeller University last spring, called @bach, bursts with raw musicality, spontaneous and calculated virtuosity, and an ebullient energy. Shinners connects with today’s audiences in a way that has seldom been seen for a classical artist. Shinners can play anything from classical to jazz, from ragtime to Billy Joel. He is an avid performer of his own original music, influenced by Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac. But it’s his special affection for Bach that drives his career. And his unconventional approach to life and music has drawn comparisons to another great Bach interpreter: Glenn Gould. Over the past few years, Shinners has been engaged in efforts to “Bach-upy” America.