World-class pianist to perform in Newport

Pianist Gerald Robbins will perform in the Doerfler Family Theater at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

The Ernest Bloch Legacy Project will present pianist Gerald Robbins in the Doerfler Family Theater on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

The Doerfler Family Theater is the newest addition to the Lincoln County Historical Society’s Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, located at 333 SE Bay Blvd. on the Newport Bayfront. Robbins is performing courtesy of the Siletz Bay Music Festival. His program will include the works of Mozart, Brahms, Bloch, Albeniz and Chopin.

Tickets by reservation are $20 and payable at the door. Reservations should be made by contacting Frank Geltner by email to [email protected] or by calling 541-961-1482.

Robbins is a notable chamber musician and a champion of neglected Romantic repertoire. Reviews have praised his “first-class, bravura performance” and “keyboard voice of true eloquence.” It has also been stated, “Gerald Robbins’ technical prowess is phenomenal.”

Robbins has distinguished himself internationally as a soloist, having performed throughout the world in virtually every major music center, including New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Bonn, Munich, Athens, Frankfurt, Belgrade, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and Tokyo. He has appeared with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, London Mozart Players, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, and New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, among many others, under such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Edouard van Remoortel, Harry Blech, Okko Kamu, Jorge Mester, Lawrence Foster, Ezra Rachlin, Kenneth Klein, Louis Frémaux and Zubin Mehta.

Robbins won the Van Cliburn Award early in his career, as well as the Tchaikovsky International Competition, and he has distinguished himself internationally as a soloist.