Famed German pianist Zacharias debuts at Union

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Pianist Christian Zacharias performs on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The Series welcomes the elegant German pianist Christian Zacharias for his series debut in a program of Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor, D. 537; Beethoven’s Sonatas in E Minor, Op. 90 and E Major, Op. 109; and Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6.

Zacharias’ career reflects his desire to build long-lasting collaborations with like-minded musical partners. From 2009 to 2016, Zacharias was an artistic partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He also maintains close ties with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Bamberg Symphony. Zacharias performs recitals in the major musical centers of the world and collaborates with musicians such as Frank Peter Zimmermann, the Leipzig String Quartet and Baiba Skride.

Zacharias has earned numerous awards and prizes, including the 2007 Midem Classical Award “Artist of the Year.” The French government also honored him as an “Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” and he was awarded for his contributions to culture in Romania in 2009. During his time as artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, his recordings with the orchestra garnered widespread critical acclaim in the international press. Of note is his complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos, which won the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique and ECHO Klassik awards.

Individual tickets are $30. All students are free. Subscription packages offer significant savings. For information, call (518) 388-6080 or click here.