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Beth Sorensen
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503/777-7574
beth.sorensen@reed.edu


EMINENT FORTEPIANIST TO PERFORM AT REED

Richard Fuller, fortepianist, will perform a recital of music by Haydn and C.P.E. Bach on Sunday, February 21, at 3 p.m. in Reed's Eliot Hall chapel. The recital, which is sponsored by the Reed music department, is free and open to the public. The chapel is accessible for the handicapped by elevator. For more information, call 503/777-7755.

Fuller, one the world's foremost fortepianists, is a Washington state native. He has studied harpsichord and fortepiano in Vienna and San Francisco, as well as at Central Washington University and the University of Oregon. The emphasis of his artistic work lies in the interpretation of the piano, chamber music, and the Lied repertoire of the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods.

Fuller is one of the few who has sought to address himself exclusively to the interpretive potential of the fortepiano--to the sensitivity and delicacy of an earlier keyboard culture--and who succeeds in convincingly projecting these qualities to the listener. His work has provided a decisive impulse to the fortepiano revival in Germany and Austria.

He has performed since 1982 in the musical centers of North America and Europe, as a soloist, accompanist, and member of various chamber ensembles. He has collaborated with artists such as James Levine, with the Vienna Philharmonic; Emma Kirkby; Klaus Mertens; Andrew Manze; Claude Ocker; and the Vienna Academy Orchestra.

His performances have been broadcast on the national radio stations of Germany, Austria, and Hungary, as well as on the BBC. Fuller has also appeared on numerous CD recordings.