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Pianist Tanya Bannister Opens Scarsdale Recital Series

Pianist Tanya Bannister will play Bach, Schubert and more on Nov. 4.
Pianist Tanya Bannister will play Bach, Schubert and more on Nov. 4. Photo Credit: contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Pianist Tanya Bannister will launch the Hoff-Barthelson Music School's 2016-17 HB Artist Recital Series on Friday, Nov. 4, in Scarsdale.

Bannister has been lauded by the Washington Post for playing "with intelligence, poetry and proportion," and the New American Record Guide has complimented her as "exceptionally talented ... with a scintillating tone and subtle sense of chording."

Included in the program is an arrangement of J.S. Bach's "Schafe können sicher weiden" from Cantata BWV 208; Franz Schubert's Sonata in C minor, D. 958; and Franz Liszt's "Venezia e Napoli," inspired by his first visit to Italy.

Her "victories at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition confirmed her status among the leading pianists of her generation," organizers note.

"She has recorded on the Naxos, Albany and CAG labels, and has performed on many of the world's great stages, including Carnegie and Wigmore halls, Concertgebouw and the Kennedy Center."

Bannister's latest recording for Albany Records, "This Is the Story She Began," features solo piano music of American composers David Del Tredici, Christopher Theofanidis, Suzanne Farrin and Sheila Silver.

Born in Hong Kong, she has degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York's Mannes School of Music, where she received an artist diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode.

Bannister is also the founder and co-artistic director of the AlpenKammerMusik chamber music festival.

Admission is $18, $15 for seniors, and free for HBMS students and other students 18 and younger. You can buy tickets at the door or order them by calling 914-723- 1169 or emailing

Also, tickets to a series of three or 10 recitals are available at a reduced rate.

The recital will begin at 8 p.m. at Greenville Community Church, 270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale.

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