Lied piano series ends with Brazilian virtuoso

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Lied piano series ends with Brazilian virtuoso

Arnaldo Cohen
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Arnaldo Cohen

The Lied Center for Performing Arts will present internationally acclaimed pianist Arnaldo Cohen at 7:30 p.m. March 21. It’s the finale of three performances in the 2013-14 Lied Center Piano Series.

The New York Times hailed the Brazilian-born Cohen’s playing as “technically flawless” and “a model of balance and imagination.” Presenting a program highlighted by pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and Prokofiev, Cohen has amazed audiences around the world with his virtuosic performances.

“The 2013-2014 Piano Series was one of the highlights of the Lied Center’s classical lineup this season,” said Bill Stephan, executive director of the Lied Center. “We are thrilled to present Arnaldo Cohen, one of the most talented and in demand pianists in the industry today.”

The Lied Center has a tradition of presenting the world’s finest pianists year after year. Greats such as Vladimir Feltsman, Emanuel Ax, Jon Nakamatsu, Kathryn Stott and many others have graced the Lied stage in recent years. In response to this history, patrons of the Lied Center who are passionate about the art of piano came together to support the Lied Center’s first Piano Series. Piano master Leon Fleischer performed with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 11 and Vadym Kholodenko, the Van Cliburn gold medalist, dazzled audiences on Oct. 23.

Cohen has a reputation for astonishing his audiences with the musical authority and blistering virtuosity of his performances. His graceful and unaffected platform manner belies playing of white-hot intensity, intellectual probity and glittering bravura technique bordering on sheer wizardry. He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome under such leading conductors as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin and Wolfgang Sawallish.

After living in London for many years, he relocated in 2004 to the United States, where he holds a full professorship at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Tickets, starting at $32 for adults and $16 for students, are available at, at the Lied Center Box Office, 301 N. 12th St., or by phone at 402-472-4747.

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