Native pianist to play hometown concert
DURHAM Renowned pianist Andrew Tyson will join The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle at 3 p.m. today at the Carolina Theatre for Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.
While the Fifth is often a concert favorite, Maestro Lorenzo Muti will explain what makes this concerto the pinnacle of all concertos.
Tyson, born in Durham, has garnered accolades from London to New York to Brussels, winning international prizes including the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition when critics described him as “supernatural ... a phenomenal musician, a refined artist, an accomplished pianist” (La Libre).
In his twenties now, Tyson will be performing this year throughout Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as including this concert in his hometown. He recently said “performing this concerto in this fine hall with this superb orchestra conducted by Maestro Muti is a dream come true.”
Tyson made his orchestral debut at the age of 15 with the Guilford Symphony as winner of the Eastern Music Festival Competition. After early studies with Thomas Otten of the University of North Carolina, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Claude Frank. He later earned his master’s degree and artist diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano.
The Carolina Theatre is located at 309 W. Morgan St. in downtown Durham. Admission to today’s concert, which also features works by Rossini and Haydn, is $25 but free for students of all ages and anyone who has never heard the orchestra. Parking is avalable across the street from the theater.