Head of School delivers Liszt world premiere

23 March 2017

Professor Kenneth Hamilton acknowledging audience applause
Professor Kenneth Hamilton acknowledges audience applause at Eastman School of Music

Professor Kenneth Hamilton recently gave the world premiere of an unpublished version for two pianos of Liszt’s Hexameron, a set of bravura variations on a theme from Bellini's opera I puritani, playing with fellow pianist Olivia Sham.

The performance on Friday 3 March was part of Liszt and Virtuosity: An International Symposium, a three-day event at the Eastman School of Music in the US, bringing together scholars and performers to focus on the pianism of Hungarian-born composer Franz Liszt.

Professor Hamilton is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Liszt and authored the monograph: Liszt: Sonata in B Minor. As a pianist, he has also recorded several major works by the composer.

Professor Hamilton said of the event, "This was a wonderful opportunity to introduce what is by far the most effective and imaginative version of Liszt's celebrated Hexameron. The piece may not be among the most profound-- it was never intended to be - but it certainly is one of the most brilliant and enjoyable, both to hear and to play. Many thanks to the University of Rochester for making this premiere possible."