The practice of transcribing musical works from other media has enjoyed a long and fascinating tradition in Western music. Performing composers ranging from Bach, Liszt, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff freely adapted vocal and instrumental works to the keyboard. Seminar instructor Anthony Padilla, who acquired a lifelong personal enthusiasm for this repertoire from his studies with legendary pianist Jorge Bolet at the Curtis Institute of Music, will discuss and perform organ works by J.S. Bach and Cesar Franck arranged for the piano by Ferruccio Busoni and Harold Bauer; symphonies and opera fantasies paraphrased by Franz Liszt; Brahms chamber works and original ballet scores by Prokofiev and Stravinsky that they themselves transcribed for piano; art songs; and contemporary rock tunes by Radiohead adapted to the piano by Christopher O’Riley. Padilla will present historic video recordings of pianists in concert as well as his own public performance of pieces explored in this seminar.
Anthony Padilla, professor of piano and chamber music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, receives acclaim for performances of “enormous freshness, vitality, and poetry” (Chicago Tribune). Awarded the American Pianists Association’s Beethoven Fellowship and top prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, he is also a laureate of the Naumburg, Bachauer, Kapell, and Cleveland International Piano Competitions. A nationally certified teacher of the Music Teachers National Association, Padilla’s students regularly earn top prizes at state, national and international competitions. His recordings include the premiere of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Second Sonata for Piano and chamber works by American women and Latin American composers, recorded with the Arcos Piano Trio, recent recipients of an Artistic Excellence grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. His popular seminars at Björklunden have included surveys of The Great Pianists, The Piano Trio, Musical Humor, and the Piano Works of Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt.