Steinway Piano Series
All Steinway Piano Series concerts are held in the theater at Pittsburgh CAPA on Sundays at 3:00 p.m
March 20, 2011
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March 20, 2011
Michael Gurt is Professor and Keyboard Division Chair at Louisiana State University. He serves as head of the piano department at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and has served as Piano Chairman of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. He has also taught at two seminars held at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan.
Professor Gurt received his early musical training from his father, Joseph Gurt, and from Dorothy Taubman. He obtained his BM degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, where his teacher was Louis Nagel. Upon graduation he received the coveted Stanley Medal. Gurt did his graduate work with Martin Canin at the Juilliard School in New York. While a student there, he performed the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra. In 1982, Mr. Gurt won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and he has been a prizewinner in international competitions held in Sydney, Australia, and Pretoria, South Africa.
Gurt has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Capetown Symphony, the National Orchestra of China in Beijing, and the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa, among others. He has performed solo recitals in Alice Tully Hall in New York, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, City Hall in Hong Kong, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia, Baxter Hall in Capetown, South Africa, and the Attatürk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey. He has appeared as guest artist with the Takács String Quartet and he recently performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Mr. Gurt has served on the juries of the New Orleans International Piano Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. He has been featured on a nationwide PBS broadcast, performing the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto with the Utah Symphony. Gurt has recorded on the Naxos, Centaur and Redwood labels.
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