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Steinway Artist Gayle Martin, Pianist To Perform at Lincoln Hall


Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts will complete its 2023 season of international piano competition prize winners with a concert by the sole American laureate of the Sixth International Tschaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Gayle Martin. Join us on Sunday, November 12, 2 PM at Lincoln Hall as we welcome Gayle back to the Steinway to perform masterworks by Grieg, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Lizst and Franck.

From Moscow to Buenos Aires and New York to Los Angeles – in concertos and recital – internationally acclaimed pianist Gayle Martin expresses ”deep seated emotional response to the music” (Washington Post).

ARCA is grateful for the very generous gift of ARCA Board member and Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Bott and Robert Jennings sponsoring this concert.

Tickets: Adults $25, ARCA Members $20, Students $5. Buy online at alleghenyriverstone.org or call 724-659-3153 to reserve and pay with cash or check at the door. After the concert, meet Gayle Martin and Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Artists featured in the Holiday Art Show at the wine and cheese reception catered by Don Ras III for the opening of the exhibit in the Upstairs Gallery from 4 to 6 PM.

Steinway Artist Gayle Martin enjoys a distinguished career as a concert pianist, having achieved international prominence as the sole American laureate of the Sixth International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow — the third American woman ever to reach the finals.

In reviewing her solo recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The New York Concert Review wrote that she created ”a truly magical atmosphere… and made this listener smile with pleasure.” Her latest CD, To Keep the Dark Away, was hailed unanimously by three reviewers at Fanfare Magazine: ”Superb performances, staggering interpretations; thought-provoking and deep; beautifully characterized…An infinitely rewarding disc that demands repeated listening.”

A rave review by Daniel Kepl, written in August 2018 for Performing Arts Review, proclaims it “… a unique CD. Shatin the colorist, has a collaborative partner in Martin, whose clarity of technique, articulations and nuanced narrative helps transform words to sound. Spectacular!”

Following a recent performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, the critic Courtenay Cauble wrote: ”Gayle Martin has it all. The depth of feeling is always there…because she makes the music her own and then communicates it, as any real artist must… Her performance was both brilliant and moving, and always beautiful.”

Highlights of Martin’s career include performances with the California Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Houston Symphony (since age 12), Moscow Radio Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, the Maracaibo Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Denver Symphony and the Virginia Symphony. She has toured throughout South America, including an engagement at the Teatro Coloìn in Buenos Aires with the Orquesta Sinfoìnica Nacional de Argentina.

Other engagements include appearances at the White House and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and numerous performances throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Austria, Poland, Israel, the Czech Republic, and Mainland China, where she was a guest of the government.

On a personal note, always an animal and dog lover, her dogs from Pepito to Eddie also have been her audience while practicing. In the article, ‘Passionate Pianist’, author Cathy Gordon writes, “And through it all, her dog Eddie, a cute scruffy mix, lies beside the grand piano, his pug-like tail occasionally thumping as if keeping beat. Lucky dog. He gets front row seats to all of his owner’s practices as well as living room performances attended by family and friends. “He barks when they applaud,” says the concert pianist. “Such a joyful little dog.”


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