Joel Hastings- pianist

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Canadian-born Joel Hastings was the winner of the 2006 8th International Web Concert Hall Competition and the 1993 International Bach Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. After delivering a stunning performance at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, one reporter designated Hastings the "audience favorite" while another declared that "the kinetic fingers of this young Canadian reminded me strongly of his late countryman, Glenn Gould." In a Newsweek review he "pulled the audience to their feet after a wild performance of Franz Liszt's Totentanz." Reviewers have described his playing as passionate, mesmerizing, hypnotic, and transcendental.
A Steinway Artist, Hastings has performed solo recitals across Canada and the United States. His orchestral engagements have included the Toronto Philharmonic; the Detroit, Ann Arbor, Oakville, Okanagan, Windsor, Kamloops, Niagara, Racine, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and the University of Michigan Symphonies and Symphony Band, the Kitchener-Waterloo and Michigan Chamber Orchestras, the Huntsville Festival Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Concert Band. Recently he performed solo concerts in Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Virginia, North Carolina, and in Naleczow, Poland, as part of the Poland International Piano Festival. Acclaimed American composer Carter Pann has written a new piano cycle dedicated to him, that he is premiering this year.
His discography includes Franz Liszt's song and operatic transcriptions, Frederic Chopin's 24 Etudes, and selections of works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, and Scriabin. His latest CD, Songs and Dances, includes works by Grieg and Respighi with transcriptions of music by Bach, Schubert, Wagner and Gershwin. His recordings have been selected for Canadian critic's awards and featured on CBC national radio as well numerous stations throughout the United States. Forthcoming, on the Naxos Label, will be a recording of solo piano music by Carter Pann.
Hastings earned his ARCT diplomas in piano and organ from the Royal Conservatory of Music, receiving a gold medal for the highest score in the country. He holds a doctorate in piano and a degree in organ from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His teachers have included Nina Lelchuk, Louis Nagel, Logan Skelton, Sergei Babayan and Robert Glasgow. As a student at the University of Michigan, he won the school's concerto competition three consecutive times. Across North America and abroad, he has given masterclasses and adjudicated competitions, and has taught piano performance at the University of Windsor and Eastern Michigan University. Currently he is an assistant professor of piano at Florida State University in Tallahassee.


Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op.3 - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)

Prélude, Aria et Final - César Franck (1822 - 1890) - Intermission -

The Bills - Carter Pann (b.1972)
1. William Albright - A Concert Rag
2. William Bolcom - An Elaborate Fancy
The Cheesegrater (A Mean Two-step Fantasy)

Love Walked In - George Gershwin (1898 - 1937), arranged by Percy Grainger (1882 - 1961)

Hungarian Rhapsody #14 - Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)

Masterclass with Joel Hastings

W. Ross Macdonald auditorium

Sunday November 25th, 2012
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mr. Hastings will be working with Intermediate and advanced students from area studios who were participants in the Contemporary Showcase Brantford.

Audience welcome

The repertoire list will be posted

Reception to follow