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George Barth

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George Barth

Professor (Teaching; Piano, Fortepiano, Theory)
Billie Bennett Achilles Director of Keyboard Programs
D.M.A., Cornell University
M.F.A., Cornell University
B.A., Wesleyan University


Special fields: piano and fortepiano, 18th- through 21st-century performance practice, rhetoric and music, early recordings and musical style, the piano music of Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Brahms, Ives, and Bartók. Studied with Peter Armstrong, Jon Barlow, Malcolm Bilson, and John Kirkpatrick.

Appearances as recitalist, as soloist with orchestra, and as musicologist throughout the U.S. and Central Europe.

NEH Fellow, 1989.

Publications: “Carl Czerny and Musical Authority”, Eastman Studies in Music (University of Rochester Press, 2008); Understanding Beethoven: The Mind of the Master (CD-ROM for Oxford/Stanford/Yale Alliance for Lifelong Learning, 2002); The Pianist as Orator: Beethoven and the Transformation of Keyboard Style, (Cornell, 1992); articles and reviews in Early Music, Early Keyboard Studies Newsletter, Humanities, Hungarian Quarterly, Music & Letters, Music Library Association Notes, New Grove Dictionary II.

Recitals: With the St. Lawrence String Quartet: Haydn Festival (Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, 2015), Mozart Concertos (Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, 2000); with Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo soprano: Crocker Gallery Concerts (Sacramento, 2012, 2000), Old First Concerts (San Francisco, 2007, 2002), Georgi Gallery Concerts (Berkeley, 2006); Trinity Concerts (Berkeley, 1999); Concerts on the Fringe (Berkeley Festival, 1996); San Francisco Early Music Society (1996).

Presenter: Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity (2016); Smithsonian Institution Symposium Historically Informed Performance in American Higher Education (2015); Zephyr Institute (Carmel, 2015); Stanford Player Piano Project (2013–16); Stanford Reactions to the Record Symposia (2007–2015); Banff Centre The Sonatas of Beethoven: Performance and Pedagogy with Anton Kuerti (2010); Humanities West Symposium Beethoven: Resonant Genius (2003); First International Carl Czerny Symposium (Edmonton, 2002); Juilliard School’s International Symposium on Performing Mozart’s Music (1991); Westfield Center’s Bicentenary Humanities Symposium Mozart’s Nature, Mozart’s World (1991); Ira Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, SJSU (1991).

Recordings: Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 102 (arr. Salomon): fortepiano, with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Tara Hellen O’Connor, flute (2015); Tota Pulchra, with Liliane Croner, soprano (Milomix Productions, San Francisco, 2010); Beethoven Cello Sonatas with Stephen Harrison, cello (Alliance for Lifelong Learning, 2002), Schubert’s Winterreise with Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano (Music & Arts), Boston Public Radio.