UW News

February 12, 2009

Pianist Angela Hewitt returns to Meany Hall

Pianist Angela Hewitt will present a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, as part of the World Series at Meany Hall. The program includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 10, No. 2, Faure’s Valse-Caprices Nos. 1 and 2 and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin.

Born into a musical family (her father was the cathedral organist in Ottawa, Canada) Hewitt began her piano studies at the age of 3, performing in public at 4, and a year later winning her first scholarship. During her formative years, she also studied violin, recorder, and classical ballet.

At the age of 9, Hewitt gave her first recital at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, where she later studied. She then went on to study with French pianist Jean-Paul Sevilla at the University of Ottawa.

Being named the 2006 Gramophone Artist of the Year is only one of the many accolades heaped on this pianist during her illustrious career. In addition to her extensive touring schedule, Hewitt recently completed an 11-year-long project to record all of Bach’s major keyboard pieces.

Tickets for Hewitt’s performance are $34 general, $20 for students. They may be purchased by phone at 206-543-4880, online at www.uwworldseries.org or in person at the UW Arts Ticket Office.

Ticket-holders are invited to come early to learn more about Hewitt’s program at a 7:10 p.m. talk led by music writer, program annotator and lecturer Paul Schiavo. The talk, which is in the main auditorium, lasts about 30 minutes and is free to all concert ticket holders.