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From Darkness To Light: Gerardo Teissonnière in Recital

September 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In a new solo recital program, acclaimed pianist and recording artist Gerardo Teissonnière performs deeply contrasting works by Antonio Soler, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven. Throughout this program, the artist demonstrates how each composer moves from darkness to shimmering light in his own unique musical language, portraying unifying journeys from the dark and the dramatic toward joyful redemption and bright transfiguration.


Antonio Soler: Sonata in G minor, R. 87/Sonata in D-flat Major, R. 88

Claude Debussy: Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon

Franz Schubert: Four Impromptus, D. 899

Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111


The Columbus Dispatch
“An impressive Schubert interpreter, Gerardo Teissonnière approaches the literature with confidence, understanding and skill. A spellbinding hour and a half of music!”

Cleveland Classical
“Teissonnière brings a crystalline sound, formidable technique, and exquisite musical taste to his interpretations.”

Ideastream Public Media
“Gerardo Teissonnière brings an old-school approach to the classics, with rare clarity and pianism. His approach is characterized by fidelity to the score, sparkling technique, and a sincerity unencumbered by ego.”

Regarded by international critics and audiences as an artist of extraordinary musicianship and rare sensibility since his acclaimed solo recital debut at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, pianist Gerardo Teissonnière brings to the concert stage an exciting amalgam of the diverse and important musical traditions he represents. From the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Lincoln Center in New York to concert halls in Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, Mr. Teissonnière appears in solo recital, as soloist with orchestra, in duo-piano and chamber music performances in concert series as well as in radio and media broadcasts throughout the world.

The 2022-23 concert season included return engagements in Austria (Barocksaal in Vienna), a sold-out appearance in The Artist’s Living Room in Munich, his solo recital debut at the American Church in Paris, and appearances with orchestras in concertos by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Previous concert season highlights include solo recitals in Munich and Vienna, as well as solo and chamber music performances in Italy, in the United States with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, an appearance at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, a performance for an audience of twenty thousand and a solo recital at the Diaoyucheng International Music Festival in Chongqing, China, his solo recital and concerto debuts in Beijing, and all-Chopin concerts in Poland. Mr. Teissonnière’s diverse repertoire for the 2024-25 season will include music close to his Spanish, French and Latin American cultural heritage.

Mr. Teissonnière’s debut recording of the last three Beethoven sonatas for the Steinway & Sons record label, available worldwide on every digital streaming platform, was named one the best classical recordings of 2022 and received extraordinary critical acclaim, hailed as “a landmark recording” (James Manheim, AllMusic). His recently released recording of the complete Schubert impromptus has gathered extraordinary critical acclaim and an unprecedented audience reception of more than a million streams in streaming platforms worldwide as well as on compact disc.

In 2019 Mr. Teissonnière began performing all of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra, and presented a series of solo recitals featuring works by and dedicated to the composer’s 250th anniversary in December of 2020. Mr. Teissonnière began his musical training at an early age in his native Puerto Rico. Conservatory studies followed with Jesús Maria Sanromá, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Steinway Immortal Vitya Vronsky Babin, both disciples of Artur Schnabel and Alfred Cortot. He worked at the Aspen Music Festival with Jeaneane Dowis and in Europe with Dmitri Bashkirov.

A frequent guest at international summer music festivals, Gerardo Teissonnière is Artistic Director of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Summer Young Artist Piano Seminar and is in great demand for his mentoring of young musicians. Many of his students are winners of top prizes at national and international competitions, and have performed as soloists on numerous occasions with some of the world’s most important orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, and in solo recital at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among other venues. Mr.Teissonnière also conducts master classes and piano pedagogy seminars throughout the world.

Gerardo Teissonnière is the recipient of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Alumni Achievement Award, the Arthur Loesser Memorial Performance Prize, The Steinway & Sons and Judson Smart Living Awards in Education, and multiple nominations for the Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for the Arts. An exclusive Steinway Artist, Mr.Teissonnière is on the artist rosters of the Ohio Arts Council and the Classically Connected Foundation in New York.



September 14
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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